Category Archives: Canada

Rob Stands Tall For Justice

It is Saturday and Rob Ford again is dominating the news. Oh, some black dude from South Africa died and the world is in mourning, but Rob is never in mourning because he is Rob. The media is reporting that Mayor Ford offered some gangsters $5,000 and a car in exchange for a video that depicts him in a happy state of drugs. According to the rotund gentleman from Toronto, “that’s an outright lie and number two, you can talk to m y l lawyers about it.” According to this mysterious video, a strange man is asking the mayor for “150” for the video which apparently refers to “$150,000″ in real money. Please remember this is Saturday and we simply accept the reality that Rob never allows a weekend to go by without some enjoyable story of weird behavior to occur Oh, there are other videos in which our man of the hour is depicted using heroin or some other intoxicant of the moment.

From my perspective as a child of the Bronx where gangsters filled our streets and lives, having a mayor who associates with criminals is more acceptable than one who associates with Wall Street thugs, you know, the guys who rob us blind and control governments which do as they say. Give me a man like Rob Ford who stands for open criminal activity. At least the average person is not being robbed blind. And, when I say, “robbed” I refer to our friend of the people, Rob Ford!

On Rob And Barack

It is rare in the great land of Canada for a day to go by without some comment about the antics and behavior of Rob Ford. It has reached the point in which members of the Toronto City Council swing their chairs around when the rotund man rises to speak. It is increasingly rare in the United States of America in which President Obama does not anger his former supporters. His decision to sign a pact with the corrupt government of President Karzai that keeps US troops in the nation of Afghanistan until a point in time when I, along with millions of Americans, will be dead has not made Barack the poster boy of joy and leadership. His decision was based on the assumption that if Americans completely left, the Afghan government would collapse is not supported by any evidence. The current Afghan government will not be able to maintain law and order until IT makes changes such as appointing honest, competent men to positions of authority. Rob Ford will not be able to maintain confidence among fellow members of the Toronto city government until he enters some version of therapy and drug counseling.

In a sense, both men suffer from the addiction of power. The desire for power transforms people into addicts. Barack Obama regards himself as a man who can control the allure of power. Successful American presidents surround themselves with several people who can utter words of caution without fearing retaliation from the president. Franklin Roosevelt always surrounded himself with individuals who would challenge. Ditto John Kennedy. For Obama, it is a sin to disagree, and he particularly avoids those who offer contradictory advice. Key economists like Paul Krugman were not appointed because their advice to focus on jobs clashed with the Wall Street crowd of Geithner and Summers.

Rob Charges Ahead

The appearance on the scene of Mayor Rob Ford must be a welcome event for President Obama, another wild man who has no regard for coming across as competent in governance. Rob was at a City Council meeting at which his peers reduced powers of the mayor when suddenly he gazed across the room to see his brother, Councilor Doug Ford engaged in a conflict with a spectator. Rob charged toward the scene of action knocking over Councilor Pam McConnell in the process. According to Rob, “I’m in the gym for two hours everyday” and in great shape for a rather ample girthed man. After learning his budget was cut 60% and some of his employees allowed to go work for others, Rob wanted one and all to know: “I don’t smoke crack and I’m not a crack addict.”

My question is: If you are not on crack and you do not drink alcoholic beverages where then do you get this energy to jump over chairs and rescue damsels in distress– from your dumping them on the floor?

Rob Seeks Toyota In Future

A war is raging on the North American continent in which forces of evil seek to destroy the life and health of a brave sort of chubby guy from the free nation of Canada. Mayor Rob Ford has been fighting for the rights of every drunk person who claims the right to drink and fornicate as God meant people to drink and fornicate. If God did not mean us to be drunken bums then why did he allow us to become them? The Toronto City Council in a tight 39-3 vote suspended the right of Mayor Ford to appoint or dismiss the deputy mayor and his executive committee which handles the budget process. It also empowered the deputy mayor to handle civic emergencies. I wonder if the current behavior of Rob Ford falls under the heading of a “civic emergency.” Frankly, I am a bit confused about this entire matter. OK, so he takes a few drinks. OK, so he shacks up with a woman. So what? How many people on the Toronto City Council have taken a snort of hard liquor and they certainly don’t want us to check out their love lives.

Rob summed up the entire matter in that special way he has of stating the truth. “If i would have had a mayor conducting himself the way I have, I would have done the same thing.” Thanks Rob for being an honest man.Perhaps, you could convince members of the American Republican party to behave in your manner of life. It would be a refreshing break from their idiocy.

Does Toronto Have Ford In Its Future?

It is so refreshing to finally discuss an important issue confronting people of the world. Totonto Mayor Rob Ford made clear to his city council that the city will remain being behind the Fords in their lives. “I’m most definitely keeping this job”and pointed out that he was ” a positive role model for kids.” OK, so he purchased illegal drugs. OK, so he sort of gets a bit under the weather during the day and needs the support of a bottle of liquor. OK, so he sort of gets what some term a “drunker stupor,” but that is simply an issue of how one terms drinking, and it is a subjective expression. OK, so some claim he is an addict, but doesn’t every person have some sort of addiction? Why pick on those who drink? Why not demand that obese individuals resign from public office?

“I am not leaving her” said the hero, Ford, “I’m going to sit here and going to attend every meeting.” All but two of the 43 councillors demanded that he resign. Ford’s response was fascinating. He demanded that each councillor be subjected to “hair drug and alcohol testing.” The perfect solution would be to supply the mayor with a bottle of liquor and some marijuana so he could get a good night’s sleep. Has Bobby Ford considered moving to Texas and running for governor? Texas could use a political leader who dealt with important issues rather than sitting up all night figuring ways to deny people the right to vote>

I Smoke Crack-Do You?

Every so often one encounters a politician who is rather enjoyable because he does not take himself too seriously. During the 1930s in New York City we had the ever exuberant Maryor Fiorello LaGuardia. When newspapers went on strike he read the comics for kids. If there was a fire, he was the first on the scene. If a girl wrote him that her dad was a drunk, he sent a cop to walk the man home with his pay. Toronto has Mayor Rob Ford, a man of the people. He admitted that he smoked pot and that quite frequently he was dead drunk. He did not apologize, but simply said: “the past is the past,” and he intended to proceed with his life. No promise to cease drinking or using pot. Ford, essentially told the people of Toronto: “I am a drunk, I smoke pot.” Take me as I am since I am not going to be anyone else.

An honest politician! Drink on and on, smoke on and on. Ah, a moment on honesty in a world of corruption. Can we join you, Mr. Mayor?

Ted Cruz

Once again members of the Republican party are attempting to violate the Constitution of the United States by proposing the election of a foreigner as the president of our country. This Senator TEd Cruz,who has some wetback for a father and who was born in a foreign country called Canada,wants to to become our next president was born in Canada.OK,so he had an American mother,so did the black dude from Kenya. WE honest God Fearing True Americans are sick and tired of having these foreign born folk trying to run or should I say, ruin our wonderful America.

Keep America American.Do not follow the ideas of Foreigners.

Boom Goes The Train!

Ah, life in the fast train of modern society. Two men will appear in a Canadian court to discuss their plans of blowing up a passenger train using materials supplied by al-Qaeda. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser were planing to derail a Via Rail passenger train in Toronto. The men claim to have received information and plans from “al Qaida elements located in Iran.”  Naturally, Iranian authorities denied any such people in their nation and have no knowledge of these two men. As far as Iran is concerned, “the same (al-Qaida) current is killing people in Syria while enjoying Canadian support.”

Frankly, the Iranian comment makes sense. Al-Qaida in Syria is attempting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad whose closest ally is Iran. Why would Iran assist al-Qaida in their own country when they are fighting this group in Syria? Of course, there is always the possibility that “your enemy is my enemy” which would allow Iran to support a group they hate because that group wants to hurt an Iranian foe. Ah, the complicated devious world of the Middle East–and Canada?

Please Cut My Hair

Faith McGregor is a woman who lives in Canada in the fair city of Toronto. She was rather busy and decided to rush into the nearest barbershop in order to get a businessman’s cut since her hair is rather short. The barbershop was staffed by men, but she really did not care, all she wanted was for someone to cut her hair. Alas, the barbers were of the Muslim faith and they informed the young woman if they cut her hair, the end result would be for them to wind up in Hell or wherever. She filed a protest with the Human Rights Commission. At a hearing, Ms. McGregor talked with Omar Mahrouk and they reached an agreement.

Frankly, no one knows the outcome of this dispute. Another minor issue in a world in which minor issues can escalate into protests and violence. At least, no crowd of angry Muslim men filled the streets of Toronto, no shouts of the devil at work. We cannot cut hair of women, but we can be protected by women police, we can have our lives saved by female doctors and nurses.

Quebec Students Man Desks!

Quebec students by the thousands have filled the streets of their city demanding an end to tuition increases. Upwards of over 300,000 members of FEUQ have been involved in demonstrations which oppose raises in tuition of $325 a year for the coming five years. Marine Desjardins, of the FEUQ, insists “we are ready for a a long week of negotiation, make sure we can resolve this conflict.’

We are thrilled that students are fighting for lower tuition rates.  But the issues are more than tuition being charged to students. The modern university has become a business in which faculty and administration continue raising tuition without regard to (a) the education being provided 21st century students, (b) the actual cost of such education. Not single university has posed the question: what is the nature of education for 21st century people? Nor have they posed the question: “how best can this education be provided to ensure high quality teaching and learning?”

Each year tuition rises, does this mean each year the quality of education improves?