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Let’s call this a Thursday rant…

(… well, technically I am writing this on Wednesday night but it won’t pop up till tomorrow..)

Rant # 1 – People on social media who make a fulltime job of bitching and complaining about everything.


A sampling from a scan of my City of Ottawa feeds this evening:

  • There aren’t enough bike lanes. Vehicles block bike lanes. Bike lanes aren`t maintained well enough. Cars don`t respect cyclists. (Ottawa cyclists are REALLY good at complaining)
  • Taxes/user fees are too high and I refuse to pay that extra $25 on my annual tax bill (prolly said by folks with 500K + incomes and who live in 4000 square foot mansions).
  • Building a (fill in the blank) is a waste of tax dollars. I would prefer that you waste those tax dollars on something that I want! Like more bike lanes!
  • There hasn`t been enough public consultation on (fill in the blank) and someone is trying to pull the wool over the public’s eyes.
  • The process is too slow (because of public consultation).
  • Politicians are all in developers` pockets. Every last one of them, dammit.

And most of these “experts on everything” hide behind fake user names (at least on Twitter) so have a lot of courage when at a keyboard.

I am not saying that peeps shouldn`t be critical and maybe their aren’t enough bike lanes, etc., but when it is all that you write about, then I have to question their general level of happiness with life for these negative natties. I guess I should pity them.

And yes, I see the irony in posting a note complaining about people who complain. Carry on.

Rant # 2 – OC Transpo buses that cut in front of you.

Yeah, yeah, I know they have a right-of-way, but they really need to train the drivers better to use a signal IN ADVANCE of cutting into traffic and not just cut into it forcing folks to slam on their brakes, like I had to do this morning.

Rant #3 – People who don`t have their money or card at the ready to complete a transaction at the cash.

Seriously? You didn’t think you`d have to pay this time? You stood in line for 5 minutes and you couldn`t find the time to reach into your purse or pocket to get ready to pay??? Instead you dig into your purse or pocket and rummage around before finally finding your card or cash?


Rant #4 – Sinkholes.

Oh, wait. I actually kind of like them. Good conversation starters. Never mind.

Rant # 5 – The High Squirrel or Sparrow or whatever he is called on Game of Thrones

His feet. They are gross. Will someone please kill this guy off? Please?



Friday miscellany…

So the Grits will name their new leader next April. Let the games begin!

The smart money is on JT, but I hear there is an experienced fellow from Sherbrooke who is looking for work…


Sinkholes: one of the results of ignoring municipal infrastructure deficits and obsessing with property tax cuts.

Expect more sinkholes, more water main ruptures and more incidents of storm water overflow at waste water treatment plants. In fact, bank on it.

In the meantime, follow the sinkhole on Twitter! It’s a laugh a minute! @174Sinkhole:


Oratorical skills is one area where modern Canadian pols cannot match their American counterparts. Name a contemporary Canadian politician that comes close to Clinton and Obama (either of them). These are speakers for whom I have immeasurable respect when they are on stage practicing their art. I have been speaking in front of audiences since I was 11 years old, so I can say with some experience that their skills are unparalleled and require years to master.

Too bad that modern political parties put more emphasis on blurting a sound-bite rather than expressing a cogent argument.



What Stephen Harper said:

“Stephen Harper will cease patronage appointments to the Senate. Only candidates elected by the people will be named to the Upper House.” (Stephen Harper Leadership Website, January 15, 2004)

“… the Upper House remains a dumping ground for the favoured cronies of the Prime Minister.” (Stephen Harper Leadership Website, January 15, 2004)

“I don’t plan to appoint senators; that’s not my intention.”
(Stephen Harper, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder, January 14, 2006)

What he did:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed five new senators, bolstering the Tory majority in the upper chamber.

He is sending Diane Bellemare, Tobias C. Enverga Jr., Thanh Hai Ngo, Thomas Johnson McInnis and Paul E. McIntyre to the Senate.


I wonder if the good folks in K-W appreciate being told that their votes were “bought” by organized labour?

Probably not.

Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is blaming what he calls “an ominous display of union muscle” for losing the Kitchener-Waterloo seat his party has held for 22 years.

The Tories lost both by-elections as the Liberals held Vaughan and the New Democrats made an historic breakthrough in Kitchener-Waterloo, winning the riding for the first time ever.

Mr. Hudak says the NDP bused in public sector union “troops” from across the province to help them take the riding from the Conservatives, and claims the unions “bought” the by-election.He predicts there will be “an arms race” between the Liberals and NDP to see who can get closest to the public sector union bosses.

Timmy strikes again!

I kinda hope, though, that the OPC keeps this doofus on as their leader. He is the biggest asset the Ontario Libs and Dippers have these days!