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liberal catnip: Rob Ford does Mary Tyler Moore

To the tune of The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song…Who can turn the world on with his bile?Who can take a slow news dayAnd suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?Well, it’s you Rob and you should know itWith each prance and every little presser y… . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Rob Ford does Mary Tyler Moore

liberal catnip: Rob Ford does Mary Tyler Moore

To the tune of The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song…

Who can turn the world on with his bile? Who can take a slow news day And suddenly make it all seem worthwhile? Well, it’s you Rob and you should know it With each prance and every little presser you show it Ford is . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Rob Ford does Mary Tyler Moore

liberal catnip: Jon Stewart on Rob Ford…again…

It just doesn’t get any better than this… . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Jon Stewart on Rob Ford…again…

liberal catnip: Jon Stewart on Rob Ford…again…

It just doesn’t get any better than this…

liberal catnip: Rob Ford Video Rant

Wow.

Exclusive from The Toronto StarRob Ford caught in video rant

“I’m gonna kill that f**king guy. I’m telling you, it’s first-degree murder,” Mayor Rob Ford rages as someone in the room secretly uses a cellular phone to film the chief magistrate’s addled tirade.
The target of the mayor’s anger is not in the room and is not known to the Star.
“I’ll rip his fucking throat out. I’ll poke his eyes out. . . . I’ll make sure that motherfucker’s dead,” Ford says, then hitches up his pant legs as if bracing for action.

Ford says he “was extremely, extremely inebriated”.

“Again I’ve made mistakes, all I can do is reassure the people that … I don’t know what to say,” he said.

“I just want to come out and tell you that I saw a video … it’s extremely embarrassing.”
He added: “Obviously, I was extremely, extremely inebriated… that’s all I have to say for now.”


Somebody needs to drag his butt to rehab. Pronto. . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Rob Ford Video Rant

liberal catnip: Rob Ford Video Rant

Wow.

Exclusive from The Toronto Star: Rob Ford caught in video rant

“I’m gonna kill that f**king guy. I’m telling you, it’s first-degree murder,” Mayor Rob Ford rages as someone in the room secretly uses a cellular phone to film the chief magistrate’s addled tirade. The target of the mayor’s anger is not in the . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Rob Ford Video Rant

liberal catnip: The Senate: Where due process went to die today…

Senate votes to suspend Brazeau, Duffy, WallinThis is a dark, dark day for Canadian democracy and justice. The unelected senate took it upon itself to create a new system of so-called accountability by unceremoniously turfing 3 senators who haven’t bee… . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: The Senate: Where due process went to die today…

liberal catnip: The Senate: Where due process went to die today…

Senate votes to suspend Brazeau, Duffy, Wallin

This is a dark, dark day for Canadian democracy and justice. The unelected senate took it upon itself to create a new system of so-called accountability by unceremoniously turfing 3 senators who haven’t been legally charged or convicted of anything – all at the behest of Control Freak . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: The Senate: Where due process went to die today…

liberal catnip: Rob Ford: "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine."

“Probably approximately about a year ago.”

(Probably? He can’t even admit it to himself. You don’t say you’ve smoked crack in a drunken stupor unless you KNOW that you did.)

“One time in one of my drunken stupors.”

“There’s been times when I’ve been in a drunken stupor.”

“No, I’m not an addict. No, I do not do drugs.”

Rob Ford just admitted to reporters that he smoked crack.

News link coming soon…

It’s the media’s fault that he didn’t come clean before now:

“I wasn’t lying. You didn’t ask the correct questions,”

Very raw video of Ford’s admissions.

So, Toronto voters, what now?

Meanwhile, Ford’s brother came out swinging against police chief Bill Blair.

Update: Better video of Ford’s admissions.

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liberal catnip: Rob Ford: "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine."

“Probably approximately about a year ago.”

(Probably? He can’t even admit it to himself. You don’t say you’ve smoked crack in a drunken stupor unless you KNOW that you did.)

“One time in one of my drunken stupors.”

“There’s been times when I’ve been in a drunken stupor.”

“No, I’m not an addict. No, I . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Rob Ford: "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine."

liberal catnip: Steve’s Senate: The Grift That Keeps on Giving

The average Canadian can be forgiven for not being able to follow all of the bouncing balls being bunted about in the PMO playHouse as Stephen Harper fancies himself the prime mimicker of everything decent and upstanding while failing to keep his senate scandal stories straight from one day to the next. Absolute control corrupts absolutely (to bastardize an old cliché).

Last week, CBC/The National’s Peter Mansbridge summarized some of the history quite well in this video clip, in case you need to refresh your memory or catch up on the sordid affair. 
Caution: may leave a bad aftertaste, especially if you’re a Conservative…

Two Key Dates in the Senate Story

Master of the straw man this past Friday nite, Steve proudly told Conservative convention thunderstick enthusiasts:

“Our opponents accuse us of being unfair, nasty and ruthless and portray the offenders as victims, even martyrs. Friends, in terms of such opponents, I couldn’t care less what they say.”

Well, we already knew he couldn’t care less – about a lot of things. But to not care less about imaginary  ideas you’ve concocted about your enemies…well…that takes a certain sort of something, doesn’t it? The word “strength” does not come to mind. “Delusion”, maybe.

And, ironically, it is exactly the classic Martyr personality that when confronted with its own weaknesses and mistakes, blames them on anything it can shake one of those thundersticks at. He blamed the courts, the Liberals, the NDP… never mentioning the fact that Conservative senators are also opposed to the senate motion to suspend Brazeau, Wallin and Duffy without pay. Something about “due process” – a concept Steve doesn’t seem to understand.

Due process, however, has now come knocking on the PMO’s door:

Duffy allegations bring RCMP to PMO doorstep

They may be paying a little visit to the office of Senator Irving Gerstein any day now as well – he who let it slip out (rather loudly and in front of hundreds of people) that he was in the thick of L’Affaire Duffy.

Whoops.

The chamber formerly known as that place as sober second thought will finally vote on the fate of the senators three on Tuesday.

What’s the rush, Steve? What’s the rush?

No matter what, this isn’t over by any stretch of the imagination. Even a delusional man can figure that out. Well, most of them can, anyway.

. . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Steve’s Senate: The Grift That Keeps on Giving

liberal catnip: Steve’s Senate: The Grift That Keeps on Giving

The average Canadian can be forgiven for not being able to follow all of the bouncing balls being bunted about in the PMO playHouse as Stephen Harper fancies himself the prime mimicker of everything decent and upstanding while failing to keep his senate scandal stories straight from one day to the next. Absolute control corrupts . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Steve’s Senate: The Grift That Keeps on Giving

liberal catnip: The Crack in Rob Ford’s Story…

“We have recovered a digital video file, which is consistent with that which had previously been described in various media reports, and that file forms part of the evidence of the charge that we have laid today [against Lisi],” [Chief] Blair said.

So, it looks like the media “maggots” were right after all and Ford was busy doing his own version of “get off my lawn” (video) today while said maggots confronted him yet again following the press conference by Toronto police chief  Bill Blair this morning.

We’ll find out exactly what the extortion charge against Alexander Lisi encapsulates later today but the huge document dump of evidence has some clues.

Meanwhile, there are no charges pending against Ford – yet – but the outcry for him to resign is deafening once again. He is, of course, resisting that.

One can only assume that this is Good News for Stephen Harper since it takes the spotlight off of the senate scandal. But, it may just suck the life out of the coverage of the CPC convention in Calgary that starts tonite though. Speaking of sucking…it must suck to be a conservative right about now.

Related:
7/10/2013: Rob Ford mum on Lisi pot-for-cellphone allegations
22/10/2013: Rob Ford lauded Lisi’s ‘tact and diplomacy’ after death threat conviction, letter reveals
31/10/2013: What’s in the Alexander Lisi police document?

. . . → Read More: liberal catnip: The Crack in Rob Ford’s Story…

liberal catnip: The Crack in Rob Ford’s Story…

“We have recovered a digital video file, which is consistent with that which had previously been described in various media reports, and that file forms part of the evidence of the charge that we have laid today [against Lisi],” [Chief] Blair said.

So, it looks like the media “maggots” were right after all and Ford . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: The Crack in Rob Ford’s Story…

liberal catnip: Stephen Who? at the UN

Last year, Stephen Harper snubbed the UN and went to Tim Horton’s instead.This year, the UN snubbed Stephen Harper and went to Tim Horton’s instead.h/t impolitical  . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Stephen Who? at the UN

Stephen Who? at the UN

Last year, Stephen Harper snubbed the UN and went to Tim Horton’s instead.

This year, the UN snubbed Stephen Harper and went to Tim Horton’s instead.

h/t impolitical  

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liberal catnip: Cons Steal a Page From Nixon’s Playbook

When Daniel Ellsberg leaked the now infamous “Pentagon Papers” in the 1970s, the Nixon gang decided to go after him with a vengeance.

Via Wiki:

As a response to the leaks, the Nixon administration began a campaign against further leaks and against Ellsberg personally.[17] Aides Egil Krogh and David Young under John Ehrlichman’s supervision created the “White House Plumbers”, which would later lead to the Watergate burglaries.

In August 1971, Krogh and Young met with G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt in a basement office in the Old Executive Office Building. Hunt and Liddy recommended a “covert operation” to get a “mother lode” of information about Ellsberg’s mental state to discredit him. Krogh and Young sent a memo to Ehrlichman seeking his approval for a “covert operation [to] be undertaken to examine all of the medical files still held by Ellsberg’s psychiatrist.” Ehrlichman approved under the condition that it be “done under your assurance that it is not traceable.”[18]

On September 3, 1971, the burglary of Lewis Fielding’s office, titled “Hunt/Liddy Special Project No.1” in Ehrlichman’s notes, was carried out by Hunt, Liddy and CIA agents Eugenio Martinez, Felipe de Diego and Bernard Barker. The “Plumbers” failed to find Ellsberg’s file. Hunt and Liddy subsequently planned to break into Fielding’s home, but Ehrlichman did not approve the second burglary.

The break-in was not known to Ellsberg or to the public until it came to light during Ellsberg and Russo’s trial in April 1973.

Fast forward to this century and have a look at the case of Sean Bruyea:

OTTAWA – Confidential medical and financial information belonging to an outspoken critic of Veterans Affairs, including part of a psychiatrist’s report, found its way into the briefing notes of a cabinet minister.

Highly personal information about Sean Bruyea was contained in a 13-page briefing note prepared by bureaucrats in 2006 for then minister Greg Thompson, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press.

The note, with two annexes of detailed information, laid out in detail Bruyea’s medical and psychological condition.

It’s no secret that the Stephen Harper cabal will go to almost any lengths to stifle dissent – from muzzling Conservative MPs and ministers to firing scientists and calling opposition members traitors and terrorist sympathizers – but this has to be a new low.

So, how did Harper react to this situation? By doing what he always does: blaming the previous Liberal government. But there’s a very obvious problem with that little tactic:

The New Veterans Charter was an initiative that straddled the transition between Paul Martin’s Liberal government in 2005-2006 and Mr. Harper’s Conservatives, who assumed power in late January, 2006.

A briefing note prepared for former veterans affairs minister Greg Thompson in March, 2006, was laced with private medical and financial information about Mr. Bruyea, including a quote from a psychiatrist’s letter.

Experts called it a flagrant breach of the country’s privacy laws and an attempt to destroy the former military intelligence officer’s credibility.

The note was prepared for Mr. Thompson in advance of a meeting he had with Mr. Bruyea on March 28, 2006.

From Bruyea’s site:

The document path even went as high as the Prime Minister’s Office when on March 21, 2006, a mid-level staffer called Bruyea and urged to him call off a news conference slated for that day where he publicly urged the Conservatives to hold off enacting the charter.

Harper now claims his government will cooperate fully with an investigation. When have we heard that before?
  . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Cons Steal a Page From Nixon’s Playbook

Cons Steal a Page From Nixon’s Playbook

When Daniel Ellsberg leaked the now infamous “Pentagon Papers” in the 1970s, the Nixon gang decided to go after him with a vengeance.

Via Wiki:

As a response to the leaks, the Nixon administration began a campaign against further leaks and against Ellsberg personally.[17] Aides Egil Krogh and David Young under John Ehrlichman’s supervision . . . → Read More: Cons Steal a Page From Nixon’s Playbook

liberal catnip: G…

Questions for the Cons:

Do you understand now why holding the G20 summit in downtown Toronto was a huge fucking mistake?

Did you really think these summits would boost Ontario tourism? Really?

Care to comment on how at least 3 cop cars were torched after apparently being left unattended?

How about the report about a journalist who was punched in the face? Got anything to say about that?

And this one? Emomotimi Azorbo charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, but friends say he couldn’t hear and follow police instructions. He is deaf.

Can you tell us why the TO police chief says he’s “shocked” by the violence? “Shocked”?

Seriously, if you Cons thought Canadians were outraged at the $1 billion security tab you racked up for this farce, just wait until the fallout from this really hits the fan.

And Saturday nite has only just begun…

And while you try to blame what’s going on on a bunch of anarchists, more than a bit of self-reflection about this absolutely bone-headed, politically-motivated decision you made about the location of this clusterfuck will definitely be in order.

I’ll tell you what: next time you guys want to get together, do the rest of us a favour and try Cuba. I hear Gitmo has damn good and cheap security. And that pesky “free speech” thing won’t even be an issue.
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G…

Questions for the Cons:

Do you understand now why holding the G20 summit in downtown Toronto was a huge fucking mistake?

Did you really think these summits would boost Ontario tourism? Really?

Care to comment on how at least 3 cop cars were torched after apparently being left unattended?

How about the report . . . → Read More: G…

Control Freak Steve

It’s no surprise that Father Knows Best Harper has been using a tightly controlled message strategery to muzzle his ministers and anyone who represents his government or that they’ve tried for years to cloak the Canadian involvement in the Afghanistan war as some sort of peacekeeping mission. (See also: 2007: Canadians Will Not be . . . → Read More: Control Freak Steve

liberal catnip: Control Freak Steve

It’s no surprise that Father Knows Best Harper has been using a tightly controlled message strategery to muzzle his ministers and anyone who represents his government or that they’ve tried for years to cloak the Canadian involvement in the Afghanistan … . . . → Read More: liberal catnip: Control Freak Steve

Quote du Jour: Today’s Parliamentary Food Fight

After QP today, BQ member Michel Guimond, while being heckled during a point of order about repeated accusations by the Cons who have said the party does not support children and that it sides with criminals, responded with this little swipe about Shelly Glover, MP for St Boniface (a former police officer who is . . . → Read More: Quote du Jour: Today’s Parliamentary Food Fight

Confused about the Guergis/Jaffer Affair?

Here’s the bottom line: Nobody is taking responsibility for anything (which pretty much sums up everything you need to know about government as well).

And if you’re really into making your head explode, you can watch Snowdy’s testimony here.  

. . . → Read More: Confused about the Guergis/Jaffer Affair?

Memo to Helena Guergis

Memo to Helena Guergis: If you want to be believed, try telling the truth. Don’t rely on crocodile tears about how Stephen Harper isn’t your BFF anymore; what a good Christian you supposedly are; tales about how you were working so hard that you had absolutely no idea what was going on in the . . . → Read More: Memo to Helena Guergis