I knew Don Cherry was going to say something about his good buddy Rob Ford.For who can forget how that ghastly redneck hung the chain of office around Ford's neck?And used the occasion to attack the "left-wing pinkos."Which had to be one … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Don Cherry’s Outrageous Attack on Rob Ford’s Opponents
The big story of the week was a Supreme Court decision allowing physician-assisted deaths in certain cases. Polls have shown Canadians solidly in favour of allowing Canadians to die with dignity when all hope is lost, but politicians have treated the issue the same way they’ve treated the abortion issue — by simply ignoring it. . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 5: Death and the supreme court; the comeback of measles.
Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans were outraged when this man allegedly passed himself off as a Forces member at the scene of a flood in Calgary, Alberta. As you can see, he seemed to have a couple of civilians fooled. However, his weird haircut gave him away to keen observers familiar with . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Maybe fake soldier didn’t understand only Tory politicians and TV stars are allowed to play military dressup in Canada
I haven't been a regular viewer of Hockey Night in Canada for a long time. The thuggish goons, the concussion casualties, the grotesque Don Cherry, as well as the sad fact that a Canadian team hasn't won the Stanley Cup for more than twenty years, having gradually turned me off the game.So I didn't . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Abominable Horror of Harper Night in Canada
… were rabid cheerleader against the oil sands or any other conservative darling, you can bet that there asses would be on the line! But Rex Murphy can exult in the virtues of the massive western projects all he wants and with impertinence without fear of reprisal. He can take money from the oil sand . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: If Peter Mansbridge or Jian Ghomeshi…
It's not a good news hockey story. It's a huge blow to the CBC. For years, HNIC has been a cash cow that helped float many of CBC’s other news and original programming endeavours, with some estimating it was worth $200 million, and up to half of the TV network’s advertising revenue.And of course . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The CBC and the End of Don Cherry
I jes wanna, jes wanna come down here and tell you kids, you kids out there, what a great guy Rob Ford is. Now, now, maybe you’re sayin’ he’s a big crack smoker. Maybe ok. But I seen this guy smokin’ crack, and lord love ‘im, he smoked crack. Heh, heh, I put him out there once at the BBQ in Mississauga, an’ boy that kid loved to smoke crack.
But he did it—you know why, you know why? BECAUSE he loved to smoke crack; that’s why he did it, kids. And doan let anyone tell you anything else in life. You wanna smoke crack and get to be mayor, then you do that. Doan let anyone tell you. You coaches out there, I toald you. . . . . Dis guy, dis guy. . . .
Well, c’mon c’mon what else I got?
But hey, I know I’m gonna get in trouble for dis, you people, you people who like to say—an-an-anyway—stop interruptin’—I say he’s a good boy, and geez I used to see him. Saw him play waterboy for the tiny-mite Ice-Hogs.
Thing about Rob—the thing about Rob is–is he just don’t like these, these people, callin’ ‘im names ‘n everyfink. Get me mad too. And you know, you know what you just doan wanna do, it’s get these boys mad atchew, ‘cuz then there’s gonna come some boys stick up for ya.’ It’s like Wensink I had. He wannent no mad dog—got 20 goals for me–but boy, you doan wanna mess with him, alright!s I seen Doug Ford, I ‘member Dougie Sr., guys’d rip your throat out, but anyway, just sayin.’ That’s the way we did it back then!!
Alright, what else we got? So like I’m sayin,’ guy comes down to the City Hall, buncha weirdos down there an’ I dunno. Guy just tries to make it right, take care a business!! That’s all. You’d think, you’d think, these people’d say “thank you,” but whadda we get? Whadda we get?? Hoa people.
I’m just sayin,’ if it was you people. Fine broth of a lad, Robbie. Maybe Chunky like I did with this stiff ‘ere, anyway. What else we got?
So this guy, this guy, is the kinda guy you wanna go to war with. Smokin’ crack, whatever. You people, you people just don’t get it. Kids, everyone wants an obese idiot who drinks vodka and drives and smokes crack. You coaches out there, you gotta stop sayin’ “oh, I’m the hoity-toity.” Come off it!! Nobody else wants to be around there when he is. You wanna have ‘em ridin’ shotgun, just like Semenko.
Now, now, now I wanna get to something that really breaks me up here, it’s about a guy, fireman guy, lord love him, he was just 28, 2 kids, comin’ home, tried to help somebody when he was off duty, turns out some crack-smokin’ pinko run ‘im down when he was just tryin’ to help, off duty an’ everything. So this one is for major-sargeant-brigade-major-reserves-princess-patricias-firemean dude—lord love him. Thumbs up.
. . . → Read More: Zorg Report: Don Cherry Inaugurates Rob Ford in 2014
Stephen Harper in his cool green Canadian Forces flight jacket. With him, Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, during last June’s flooding, both looking as if they wish they had cool military togs too. Below: Don Cherry in a tailored camo suit and Julian Fantino with a chest full of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Sober second thought: A half-hearted defence of Don Cherry, Stephen Harper and Julian Fantino in military drag
A typical Canadian Remembrance Day ceremony: the scene in St. Albert one year ago today. Below: B.C. Conservative MP Mark Strahl, on-air Conservative partisan Don Cherry, and NDP Veterans’ Affairs Critic Peter Stoffer.
No Canadian government in living memory, and probably no Canadian government in history, has worked as hard as the Harper . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Hoist with their own petard, Harper Tories face veterans’ Remembrance Day protest
For all of the various whining that the CBC is “statist” and left wing biased, I ask, where are the left wing CBC counterparts to these gems:Rex Murphy, seen here writing an absurd polemic attacking Rob Ford’s critics using a series of cliched strawman… . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: The CBC’s Right Wing Personalities Have No Counterparts
For all of the various whining that the CBC is “statist” and left wing biased, I ask, where are the left wing CBC counterparts to these gems: Rex Murphy, seen here writing an absurd polemic attacking Rob Ford’s critics using a series of cliched strawman puerile caricatures of his opposition as just a bunch of . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: The CBC’s Right Wing Personalities Have No Counterparts
… is angling for a Senate seat, it appears. Although I don’t think he has the intelligence to engage in such strategic thinking. Regardless of whether his views are on or off-base, he-of-no-taste should stick to hockey and should shut up about the country’s foreign aid policies. He knows next to nothing about this issue. . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Canada’s number one buffoon…
Golly. How moving. I see that the old Con Don Cherry is standing by sticking to his fallen buddy Rob Ford. “It’s unbelievable how they have nailed him to the cross and only because of who he is,” Cherry said. “I feel for him because I have be… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Cherry Nation
“Before my father died, he said the worst thing about growing old was that other men stop seeing you as dangerous….Dangerousness was sacred.”
Last night I watched Act of Valor. I liveblogged it so you don’t have to watch it. You’re welcome.
First there was The Lottery, a dystopic tale of social gruesomeness that I . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Act of Valor, Redux
Prime Minister Stephen Harper (clutching the balloon, centre) sets off his attack on Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair, who is illustrated standing in the background. Beep-beep! Actual federal politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Tory big guns Rex Murphy and Don Cherry, plus former Tory big gun Norman Spector, all of whom have . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Tories train their intellectual big guns on Tom Mulcair: if Rex Murphy fails, there’s always Don Cherry!
I don’t have much time for Don Cherry, Brian Burke or the Toronto Maple Leafs. I like even less Hockey Night in Canada whose warped coverage of hockey is not only bad TV but totally lacking in any real sense of perspective. Last night a panel of ‘experts’ reamed rookie Cody Hodgson over the coals . . . → Read More: Toronto Maple Leafs: America’s Team?
…as I do morons like Pierre Polievre, Vic Toews and Dean Del Mastro… but his rant on Brian Burke (GM of the Leafs for those of you not-so-enlightened) was dead on the mark. Leaf Nation has for a while bemoaned the lack of Canadian content on the team, and more specifically, Ontario talent. Now, I’m . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: I think as much of Don Cherry…
Don Cherry loves the Leafs. He loves them almost as much as the Bruins. However, he does not love Leaf coach Ron Wilson. In fact, Cherry uses every little slip of Wilson’s (granted, there are a lot) to rail against Leaf management for not doing exactly what Mr. Cherry wants. And what Cherry wants is . . . → Read More: Brian Burke has had it up to here with Don Cherry
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The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in . . . → Read More: Brock University prof: Stupid people attracted to conservative beliefs, prejudice.
Does this look like ‘self defence’ to you?
Fueled by the rabid Boston press and the bigotry of media types like Don Cherry and Cathal Kelly, the Bruins have waged a PR war against the Vancouver Canucks with stunning success. Nobody talks about the Bruins’ ganging up or Boston crowds jeering an injured Canuck . . . → Read More: Bruin goon Brad Marchand given five games for "predatory" low hit on Sammy Salo
Well as you no doubt know Don Cherry has probably had his worst year ever eh?
All those NHL concussions, and all that terminal brain damage, have no doubt taken the shine off his rock’em sock’em videos.
Now even Raffi is going after him for being such a bully.
And I’m afraid it’s only . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Don Cherry’s Horrible Year
It must be hard to be Don Cherry these days.
It’s not just that Cherry became the foil to the Conservative mob’s campaign to find out how much Peter Mansbridge makes.
Or that Cherry felt obliged to decline an honourary degree from Royal Military College following one open letter from one RMC professor.
Or . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: #ethicalbananaphone
My favorite columnist, Rick Salutin, has a brief video on The Star website in which he asserts that the NDP and the CBC are no more leftist than Rex Murphy, Kevin O’Leary, or Don Cherry. You can watch it here. Recommend this Post