Posts Tagged ‘rob ford’

As O-Town doesn’t really have a Mayoral race to speak of…

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

… this political junkie has to find another one to follow and enjoy.

And Toronto, the land of the crack-smoking, loud, obnoxious, and the tacky champion of all Torontonians with a sub 75 IQ, is the place to watch. Especially now that Olivia Chow is resigning her seat in the House to run against that slobbering and poor excuse to a human being (and John Tory too… but he’s a different type of a poor excuse for a human being), this race is going to get interesting fast! And there are still 7 months to go before the vote.

In Laschinger and Kinsella, Chow has a strong team; and she’s going to need it. This is NOT going to be a walk in the park. I’ve seen various estimates indicating that the size of FurdNashun is worth about 20-25% at the ballot box. The danger here is that Chow and Tory split the anti-Furd vote and the crackhead comes up the middle.

It would be interesting to see if any of FurdNashun will flip to Tory instead… doubt it, though.

Stay tuned, this is gonna be a helluva ride!

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2014 is the Chinese year of the horse. Does this mean I should blow a bundle at the track?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I don’t often “recycle” posts. Yes, I am lazy, but what’s the point of a blog if you just re-post old stuff?

But I thought that I’d dig up last years “Resolutions” post to see how I made out and to add any new stuff. Turns out it was a bit (OK, a lot) of a gag post, but no matter.

Reintroducing…

Resolutions for 2013 2014!!!…

… Before I have a second glass of Pinot Noir…

– not be as critical of our Dear Leader and encourage all my friends to cut he and his Cabinet some slack. They’re trying really darned hard

12 months later – hmmm… kind of a #fail on this one. But who can blame me! What with the whole Duffy/Wright thing, the ongoing del Mastro thing, the demonization of JT and the killer weed thing,… lotsa things, eh?

– not ridicule Tea Baggers and their ilk who are found south of the border. They think differently from me, but that’s OK.

Well, it’s NOT OK. They are as worthy of ridicule and disdain in 2014 as they were in 2013. Carry on.

– accept that religious arm-flappers may have a point. Hey! What do I know! Maybe there is a big bearded dude in the sky and some old guy with a big boat gathered up all the animals in a storm (except for the unicorns)

#Fail on this one too. I still don’t understand why the unicorns would have been left behind. And the dinosaurs? Why doesn’t anyone think of the DINOSAURS??? There’s a 99,9% probability that I will exit 2014 as I entered it – as an atheist. And if I’m wrong, may St. Unicorn strike Ezra Levant dead…

– understand that guns have a place the 21st century America. And perhaps we in Canada should have one of those Second Amendment things

I’m not making light of this one. After Newtown, this proud and happy father cannot simply swipe this away with a pithy remark. I don’t “get” the NRA. I don’t “get” gun rights advocates who, in spite of the evidence, continue to insist that killing devices like automatic weapons have a place in American communities. Maybe I need to be an American to understand, but from what I see, there are lots of Americans who don’t “get” it either.

Here is the link to a Slate post with some VERY sobering stats.

Wake up, America. You are killing your children.

– add Tim Hudak as a friend on Facebook

LOL! LMAO! ROTFL! Did I REALLY write that?????

But hey! Timmy is best defense that the Grits and Dippers have at Queen’s park to ensure that there will not be a OPC government in 2014!!

– and Rob Ford too

Man. I don’t know where to start with this one. I really don’t. So I’ll just leave it.

– swear off red wine, beer and single malt scotch forever

From a health perspective, this would have been a good idea… maybe this year… nawwwwww…

– give up meat

From a health perspective, this would have been a good idea… maybe this year… nawwwwww…

Wait.

Ah.

It’s JANUARY 1 and not APRIL 1!

Sorry.

Happy New Year!

THREE additions for 2014!

Alrighty, then…

And I’m dead serious with these ones…

– I’m going to get fit next year. I really am. I gave up smoking almost ten years ago, so surely I can change my semi-sedentary lifestyle, eat a bit better, etc. I’m 51 now and need to take this shit more seriously… else, I may one day not be around to write resolutions for the following year…

– I’m going to spend more time thinking about my direction in life in general. Overall (except for the fitness thing), I’m a pretty happy guy. But do I want to be doing 5 years hence what I am doing today? I dunno. Maybe a change in workplace would be wise. Maybe not.
Should I run for Trustee again? I don’t know. I do want to get back into local politics, but I’m not sure I want to spend a couple of months canvassing only to lose again due to low turnout and the incumbent’s name recognition advantage. However, I am still very disappointed with her complete lack of engagement with her community. I’ll need to decide on this fairly soon..

– I will continue to work my ass off to be a good husband, father and member of the community. It’s not always easy, but it is most definitely worth the effort.

May 2014 be filled with health, happiness and peace for you and those you care about.

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Memo from the PMO to straws…

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Dear Straws: we are grasping at you.
Sincerely, Steve

 

“These latest allegations are troubling. Our Government does not condone illegal drug use, especially by elected officials while in office, including Justin Trudeau. We’ll continue to work with all levels of government on shared priorities, such as jobs and economic growth. That includes working with mayors and city councils, including the Mayor of Toronto and Toronto City Council,” MacDonald, Mr. Harper’s top spokesman, said in the statement.”

 

Seriously? You found a way to compare the actions of the Horror of Hogtown to JT?

Guess the staffers have checked out the polling on three of the four by elections and have seen that it ain’t looking too good.

Fear, Desperation,
thou hast shown many faces
so rage against all

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Rob Ford Campaign 2014 slogans…

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

… I couldn’t resist.

  • Rob Ford – he’ll crack you up!
  • Rob Ford – promising to be a little more sober during Council meetings
  • Rob Ford – engaging street youth at their level!
  • Rob Ford – running high in the polls!
  • Rob Ford – see him on Letterman, The Daily Show, Leno…
  • Rob Ford – Harper still wants his hat trick!
  • Rob Ford – sober since 9 am… uh, never mind…
  • Rob Ford – honest and open about his life… when forced to by overwhelming public outcry!
  • Rob Ford – supported by Tim Hudak, what?, oh, never mind…
  • Rob Ford – on his own gravy train…
  • Rob Ford – this time promising fewer police officers!
  • Rob Ford – delivering on a 2010 campaign promise to bring homeless people off the streets… and into my car.
  • Rob Ford – making Larry O’Brien look like a genius since 2010

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Reactions of selected Canadian politicos…

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

…upon hearing of Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature

Pauline Marois – “The Parti Québécois does not recognise this award because her writings are clearly counter to our Charter of Values. And I’m told that she doesn’t speak french”.

Stephen Harper – “Because of my extensive literary experience gained while writing my book – and thus created thousands of Canadian jobs in bookstores from coast to coast in this great conservative land, Ms. Munro has consulted me on several occasions to run ideas by me, or just to chat, brilliant author to brilliant author.”

John Baird – “Ms. Munro would have won this award years ago if it were not for Justin Trudeau and his plan to sell pot to Canadian children!”

Mike Duffy – “Hey! There’s a chunk of cash that goes with that, right? I wonder if she could float me a few thou’…”

Peter MacKay – “I will fly her to Sweden myself in one of those spiffy new fighter jets. Oh. Wait….”

Pierre Polievere – “This award is yet another example of the success of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, brought to you by Canada’s strong, stable Conservative government and our distinguished leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper; who, incidentally I have heard will be on the Nobel short list next year.”

Vic Toews – “I knew about this long ago.”

Tim Hudak – “Alice who? Does her son play for the Leafs.”

Rob Ford – “There’s no video. How can I comment on something that doesn’t exist? You’re from the Star, aren’t you?”

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More of Ford’s staff are abandoning…

Monday, May 27th, 2013

... Good Ship Ford (372)

Friday miscellany…

Friday, January 25th, 2013

… colder than Vic Toews at a homeless shelter edition.

Robbie’s Follies… Will he stay or will he go? We’ll know this morning.

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As I am apt to do once in a while
, I lamented the absence of a party leader, outside the GPO, with the balls to start the process of abolishing Ontario’s discriminatory and wasteful dual school system. A commenter came back saying that maybe I should be looking for a leader without balls (i.e., a woman).

Now it looks very likely that this will be the case as the OLP holds their leadership vote this weekend

Will the new leader move on the separate school file? Doubtful. But one can only hope.

For those of you who are interested, Scott and some other Progressive Bloggers will be live blogging from the convention and streaming photos at ProgressiveBloggers.ca (Twitter account is @Prog_Blog).

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The Americans “get” it.

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State nominee John Kerry calls global climate change a “life-threatening issue” and says the United States must play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming

I never thought I’d see the day when Canada was an environmental laggard behind nations like the U.S. Sigh.

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Here is what happens when you rely too much on the performance of one economic activity to base your fiscal policies on.

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Alison Redford, in her first TV address, warned Thursday of tough fiscal times and multibillion-dollar revenue shortfalls due to the “bitumen bubble.”

She said the bubble — the difference between the benchmark price for oil in North America versus Alberta’s oilsands bitumen — has grown so wide it will take a $1-billion bite out of this year’s budget and $6 billion the next.

“As we prepare this year’s budget, it means we have to make some very difficult choices,” Redford said in the eight-minute TV spot aired around the province.

I don’t mind Premier Redford. She is preferable to some of the right wing whack-jobs you can find out there in the foothills. But I’m sure most non-Albertans aren’t shedding any tears over Alberta’s financial woes.

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YIKES!!!!

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Scared ya, didn’t I!

 

Sun News Network, that fearless foe of state subsidies for the CBC, wants you, Dear Television Viewer, to directly subsidize it to the tune of $18 million a year.

Have no doubt, that’s just the beginning, but it would nicely cover losses the company says now amount to a modest $17 million a year — hardly a corporate killer, one would think, but apparently enough to get Sun News queuing up at the public trough.

Hypocrites.

 

 

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Rob Ford- election hater

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

So that dahhhling of the knuckle-draggers, the inimitable Rob Ford, thinks he should not have to face the voters in a by election should he be forced to hand in his Chain of Office.

Of course he wants to be reappointed! He knows that the good citizens of The Big Smoke would never elect this buffoon a second time.

Here’s a thought: in the event that the NHL greed-a-thon goes on and the season is cancelled (which I am hoping for at this point), that other über-buffoon in the tacky suits will be out of a job, right? So then he and the former Mayor can do the speaking circuit! And give it a catchy name like The Whining About Progressives Tour, 2013. What a pair they’d make!

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The stupid!!!!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

It hurts!!!!

Check it out, there’s a “Rob Ford has been overthrown by Toronto elitists” site!

Democracy Denied!

We the people of Toronto and friends in the rest of Canada who support Rob Ford for Mayor of Toronto.

Our voice was shutdown by an activists who brought Rob Ford to court on a technicality for using the wrong letterhead to raise money for underprivileged kids sports.

Those elitist Ford haters wanted to get Ford anyway they could.

Now it’s time to fight back. Let’s bring Rob Ford back into the mayor’s office with an even BIGGER vote margin.

Who writes their stuff? “A BIGGER vote margin”? WTF does that mean? Oh, I get it. They mean “BIGGER margin of victory”! But I guess I’m just being elitist...

And hey, good luck with that!

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I almost fell of my bus seat when I saw this headline:

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Tories still see ally in Rob Ford

Really? Seriously? Toronto area Conservatives are coming to this train wreck’s defense? Would Ford have the utter gall to run for the CPC in the next election?

Of course he would.

OTTAWA – Those whose antics threaten to besmirch the party name normally don’t get a second chance with Canada’s federal Conservatives.

Not so, it would seem, for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

“I did support him and I do support him,” said Conservative MP John Carmichael, who represents the Toronto riding of Don Valley West, after the controversial municipal leader was ordered removed from office this week for violating conflict-of-interest rules.

“I feel very badly about what’s happening.”

Many Toronto-area Conservatives are rallying around the embattled mayor, having actively backed Ford’s 2010 campaign — some putting a great deal of their own personal political capital into play in order to elect someone they saw as a valuable ally.

Ford’s campaign pledge to end the city hall “gravy train” resonated with kindred spirits on the political spectrum, his no-nonsense, blue-collar style the perfect antidote to the Toronto elites long viewed as the natural enemy of Canada’s right wing.

And how many mayors have been invited to go fishing at Stephen Harper’s summer home?

Personally, I think this is a good thing. Sure, why not?

And when it blows up in the collective face of the ReformCons, I will be falling off my seat again – laughing.

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