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Friday, July 29, 2011

Giorgio Mammoliti: the pride of #TOcouncil | #TOpoli

Someone suggested during yesterday's marathon that the Fords can't help being ignorant and stupid. They are what they are. But this guy, by contrast, does it on purpose.



Did I say he makes the Fords look good? This guy makes the cast of Jersey Shore look good.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Harper regime targets @frankejames

Franke James » Blog Archive » Canadian Government Tries to Silence Franke James

We can't really say we're surprised, now, can we. Subtle and not-so-subtle threats, putting the squeeze on NGOs and making sure anyone thinking of sponsoring the show knows there's a shit list just waiting for more names.

That's how determined this gang of pinch-faced thugs is to squelch disagreement and dissent. Anyone who wants to talk about climate change needs to know: this is what's going to land on you.

(H/t deBeauxOs, Jymn, Dr. Dawg, pogge, and Mr. Sinister, among others.)

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Far-right hatred is a sickness, but it's a symptom, not the cause | #Norway

Late-night submissions on a heavy Sunday night ...

I thought I'd seen, heard and read it all by now.

That worthless piece of shit used dum-dum bullets. The cherry on the shit sundae.

Another sick, cruel piece of shit says those kids all but deserved what they got because, apparently, they said some things that weren't abjectly devoted to Israel.

And a few other worthless yammering transmitters have been treating the facts as an inconvenient speed bump in their haste to continue repeating their revolting message of Islamophobia and demonization.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

From the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg

12 Holberg Suite op. 40 - Sarabande by Orwell's Bastard

Some hauntingly beautiful stuff from Grieg, who might be better known for Peer Gynt. If I recall correctly, though, the CBC used to use another passage from the Holberg Suite as the signature for one of its radio broadcasts.

When people google "Norway," I don't want them to see lies and poison from far-right hatemongers in their search results.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

A word from the Norwegian Party



As I said, not going to jump into that cesspool. Just trying to help make the Norway conversation about something else. Not like the assholes are going to change their minds or their narrative or anything.

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Isn't it good, Norwegian wood ...



It's all been said. Nothing to add.

How about we just ignore that hateful bald fuckhead?

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

@cityslikr on Team Ford's bullshit, and our complicity therein | #TOpoli




A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.
– Winston Churchill

So over at his place, @cityslikr's on about the fact that politicians have an uneasy relationship with the truth, and the cynicism and disengagement that breeds.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Critics accuse Mayor Ford of getting all Shock Doctrine-y | Ford Focus | torontolife.com

Critics accuse Mayor Ford of getting all Shock Doctrine-y | Ford Focus | torontolife.com

Writing in Toronto Life, John Michael McGrath draws the comparison but then appears to soften it:

... but given that 96 per cent of Toronto’s services are impossible to cut, as those KPMG audits keep finding, Ford really isn’t going to be able to change people’s lives the way, say, a Latin American junta might. So it’s a mild shock, if it’s anything.

That may be, but the broader picture includes a looming provincial election which could see the return of the Harrisite slash-burn-and-pillage approach in the form of a Hudak government. When we consider that the municipal government is a creature of the province in that light, there's no telling what kind of services will continue to be mandated, and what kind of latitude Mayor Stupid is going to have to wield the axe.


Monday, July 18, 2011

SIU Concludes Reopened #G20 Nobody Investigation | #policebrutality

SIU Concludes Reopened G20 Nobody Investigation

... aaaaand, guess what? Can't find any way to charge anyone else.

Who could have foreseen such a thing?

Oh, well. Maybe the Toronto Police will actually come forward and out the other members of Team Curbstomp. Otherwise, the whining they do when witnesses don't step up and their nice words about acting to regain our trust might look ... hypocritical or something.

(Why, yes – as a matter of fact, that was a monkey flying out of my ass. What's your point?)

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

An Eye-Opener from @fernhilldammit | #onpoli

DAMMIT JANET!: Eye-Opener

Nice reproductive freedom you got there. Be a shame if something was to happen to it.

Go read.

@cityslikr on Team Ford's Soprano wannabes. They wish | #TOpoli

An Addendum « All Fired Up In The Big Smoke

Over at AFUITBS, @cityslikr describes the subtle art of politics as practiced by Team Ford.

Not.

Go read.

Some late-night thoughts on Mayor Stupid with @thekeenanwire and @UnionSt | #TOpoli

Storify: great for aggregating tweets, but you can go blind putting them in order if you're dealing with more than a handful.

If only there were a sort function ...



Tips of the chapeau to @AureliaCotta and @timfalconer and @HiMYSYeD as well.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Team Ford's malignancy: It's not just the Jarvis bike lanes | #TOpoli #bikeTO

By now so much has been written and blogged and tweeted about today's clusterfuck at Toronto Council that there's no point in rehashing it. Go read Matt Elliott's summary at Ford For Toronto if you want a recap.



For Christ's sakes. This isn't just about the lack of any coherent policy justification, or the Machiavellian political gamesmanship, or the schoolyard-bully dynamic evident on the council floor, or the Speaker's obvious bias and procedural cluelessness. It's about all of those, but something worse as well.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Core Services Review: Rob Ford is a hazard to Toronto's public health / #TOpoli

I'm sorry, I had to give my head a shake.

Fluoridation?

Look, we've all seen the passage in Dr. Strangelove where General Ripper talks about what an insidious Communist plot it is, but the thing is, that's not just satire. Fluoridation of our drinking water has been a touchstone for conspiracy-minded whackjobs since the 1950s, but now Mayor Stupid wants to get rid of it under the guise of the "Core Services Review."

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Kate's royal ass cheek: #sunmedia triumphs again, @davidakin makes sure we all know about it

Sad, isn't it. When this is what occupies our imaginations and dominates public discourse, is it any wonder that so many people don't bother to take the responsibilities of citizenship seriously? Look at the energy it's consuming, for Chrissakes.  (Yeah, I know. Mea culpa. Now piss off.)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Friday night

If the last Friday-night music post was something that aged well over four or five years, well ... give this a spin.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Garrett Styles - The Blue PR machine spins up again | #policeculture

From teh Tumblr.

Lives on the line.

Sudden tragedy.

A sobering reminder.

Heroes in blue.

Gave his life in the performance of his duty.

Officers coming from all over to pay tribute to a fallen comrade.

It’s a mythology with a lot of miles on it. You can practically write this shit in your sleep.

Just one question: even if we allow for the sake of argument that this mindless fetishizing of men in uniform is a good thing, how come we don’t see this kind of blanket, wall-to-wall, 24/7 coverage whenever a Canadian soldier gets killed in Afghanistan?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Evaluating Mammoliti, redux | #PrideTO #TOpoli



But let's at least give the guy a chance to speak for himself.

Yo, Georgie? You want to tell us what you think your video proves?

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