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Politics and its Discontents: On The Company You Keep

This kind of makes it easy to judge Harper, doesn’t it?

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Politics and its Discontents: The Member Of Ford And Harper Nation No One Likes To Talk About

I’m sure this guy would get along famously with Earl Cowan.

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Montreal Simon: The Wonderful Day the Ford Nation Died

Well it was closer than I thought it would be, the bestial Fordzilla put up a desperate struggle.But at last he could hold on no longer.And after four long nightmarish years the Ford Nation has finally been defeated. Read more »

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Got Me Some Ford Nation Hoodys!!!

My bus crapped out  around Lawrence & Warden.  The bus-driver kicked us all off due to mechanical difficulties, and told everyone the next 54 was coming along any minute.  After 15 minutes waiting, I noticed that our stop was right out front of the Ford Campaign’s Scarborough office.   It was quite bustling (they’re canvassing . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Life In Scarborough: Got Me Some Ford Nation Hoodys!!!

The Ranting Canadian: Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.

Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford’s Totally Disgusting Bigot Fest

He is in addition to all his other flaws, a ghastly anti-gay bigot. And so it seems are many members of the Ford Nation.For when six gay activists turned up at the so-called Ford Fest to protest against his vicious homophobia.This is what happened…Read more »

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The Ranting Canadian: I’m surprised I have never seen anyone post this song…

I’m surprised I have never seen anyone post this song (click on the video link above) in relation to the fucked-up Ford brothers, Doug and Rob. Maybe I have just missed it. The original lyrics don’t all apply to the Fords, so here is an amended version.

Asshole (Rob Ford version)

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Pop The Stack: Toronto Is More Than The Core

Marcus McGee makes a nice attempt at an ode to Toronto as opposed to the idea of Ford Nation: “Toronto isn’t Rob Ford. Toronto is more than that”. Unfortunately, I think he missed the point of why there is dissatisfaction in some parts of the city. All his anecdotes refer to The Core of the . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Toronto Is More Than The Core

The Ranting Canadian: No wonder Rob Ford is so screwed up. His mother is Dame Edna…

No wonder Rob Ford is so screwed up. His mother is Dame Edna and his father was Nosh from the movie Eat the Rich (see photos above).

But seriously folks, you good people of the great city of Toronto, there’s something disturbing about Ford’s mother . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: No wonder Rob Ford is so screwed up. His mother is Dame Edna…

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Downfall of the Moron Nation

Well I suppose it was inevitable. But it sure took long enough. And the damage he did to Toronto and Canada's reputation was incalculable.He's a bully, a bigot, a beast.But he's finally going down. Read more »

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The Ranting Canadian: Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff…

Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff party, his new theme song could be “Half Empty Halls” by The Evaporators.

By most accounts, the April 17, 2014 event was a flop, with low turnout, no “history in the making” moments (another Ford promise broken), none of the celebrity appearances . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff…

Montreal Simon: Rob and Doug Ford’s Ghastly Bigot Show

I'm sure you remember the last time Rob and Doug Ford got their own Ford Nation TV show.And how it had to be cancelled after just ONE episode. Because the Ford brothers stank out the joint.And crappy low budget Fox News North ran out of tape…

Well brace yourself, they're BAAAAACK !!!!With their . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rob and Doug Ford’s Ghastly Bigot Show

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Scary Story of the Jailhouse Beating

The man himself is bad enough. A bully, an anti-gay bigot, a crass Con buffoon. The most famous Canadian in the world, to our everlasting shame, and the worst mayor Toronto or any other city has ever known.So the last thing I really needed to hear was more about his family's scary problems. Read . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Scary Story of the Jailhouse Beating

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford’s Deeply Disturbing Gangsta Fantasy Problem

I have to admit I have been doing my best to ignore Rob Ford. I find keeping up with the criminal activities of Boss Harper and his Con gang hard enough.And I fear too much exposure to that monstrous dumb as a spoon Con buffoon might drive me over the edge eh?But how can . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rob Ford’s Deeply Disturbing Gangsta Fantasy Problem

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Rob Ford and Our Divided Country

It's hard to decide which Con clown is more pathetic. The one on his way to the funeral of Nelson Mandela. The man he once called a terrorist who should be kept in prison, or hanged.Or the one waddling down the street at a Santa Claus parade throwing candy canes to children.As their . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Rob Ford and Our Divided Country

Driving The Porcelain Bus: No One To Blame For Rob Ford But The Media And Ignorance

This article in the Toronto Star points to the voters as those solely to blame for Rob Ford being elected.I disagree. The voters are partially to blame, but there were other major factors.1) The MediaThe Media is very much to blame for the election of … . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: No One To Blame For Rob Ford But The Media And Ignorance

Driving The Porcelain Bus: No One To Blame For Rob Ford But The Media And Ignorance

This article in the Toronto Star points to the voters as those solely to blame for Rob Ford being elected.

I disagree. The voters are partially to blame, but there were other major factors.

1) The MediaThe Media is very much to blame for the election of Rob Ford. During the election campaign they, pretty . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: No One To Blame For Rob Ford But The Media And Ignorance

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Disecting Ford Nation – Part Three – Nov. 20, 2013

Crack smoking admission, “rage/murder threats” video, oral sex comment, international embarrassment, bullying and immature behaviour in council, … After a series of things that confirm, for most people, that Rob Ford should resign as Mayor of Toronto, Ford still enjoys significant support.  Unbelievable you say? How can this be? Who are these people who still support him?

Today I will look at 5 polls done by Forum Research, Oct. 28-29, Oct. 31, Nov. 4, 2013, Nov. 6, 2013 and Nov. 20, 2013. Again, I will look at the groups with the highest initial approval ratings on Oct. 28-29 to see if there are any significant changes.

Significant observations
• Overall approval has stayed about the same
• Support remains highest among men
• Support from seniors continues to drop (by 10% since the first of these polls), and Other Christians (by 15%)
• We see a sudden drop in support in the recent poll among these groups: Scarborough, Low Income, Other Christian
• We see a significant rise in support amongst these groups that formerly had lower support ratings: 45-54 years of age, Etobicoke or York, Renters, $60-$80k, Catholics,  Households with children

What does this mean?
We can see that the demographics of Ford Nation are changing somewhat as a result of the new revelations and incidents. Some people are starting to change their mind against Rob Ford, while others are becoming more supportive, thus, keeping the approval rating fairly steady.

The biggest swing between groups is the drop in support in Scarborough and the rise in support in Etobicoke. Maybe this means that the people of Scarborough are having second thoughts about the expensive subway plan (vs. the already-paid-for LRT plan), and the people of Etobicoke are feeling the need to rally around their hometown boy.

Below are levels from the 1st date to the latest date

Approval
39% – 44% – 43% – 44% – 42%

Disapproval
61% – 56% – 57% – 56% – 58%

Let’s look at the groups with the highest initial approval rating, in other words, Ford Nation.

NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE (within 5% from 1st to last poll) – THE BASIC CORE

Transportation – drivers
50% – 49% – 48% – 48% – 47%

Property Owners
43% – 45% – 46% – 44% – 40%

Ethnicity – Other European (non-UK background)
54% – 45% – 53% – 53% – 53%

Education – some college or university
50% – 54% – 57% – 52% – 55%

SIGNIFICANT RISE IN SUPPORT – THE RABID FANS
Gender – male
43% – 46% – 45% – 50% – 49%

DROPPED AND THEN LEVELLED OFF
Voted for Rob Ford
84% – 78% – 74% – 77% – 77%

SIGNIFICANT DROP IN SUPPORT
Region – Scarborough
51% – 54% – 55% – 59% – 43%

Household Income – less than $20k
56% – 47% – 56% – 54% – 49%

Age – 65+
49% –  41% – 42% – 40% – 39%

Religion – “Other Christian” (not Catholic, Protestant or Evangelical)
66% – 56% – 55% – 57% – 51%

And here are new groups that have, over the time of these polls, risen to be the top supporters that were not initially top supporters.

Age – 45-54
46%

Region – Etobicoke or York
57%

Renters
46%

Household income – $60-$80k
53%

Religion – Catholic
54%

Have Children
49% . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Disecting Ford Nation – Part Three – Nov. 20, 2013

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Disecting Ford Nation – Part Three – Nov. 20, 2013

Crack smoking admission, “rage/murder threats” video, oral sex comment, international embarrassment, bullying and immature behaviour in council, … After a series of things that confirm, for most people, that Rob Ford should resign as Mayor of Toronto, Ford still enjoys significant support.  Unbelievable you say? How can this be? Who are these people who still . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Disecting Ford Nation – Part Three – Nov. 20, 2013

Alberta Diary: Ford Nation dumped? Stay tuned for more program changes at Sun News Network

Toronto City Hall. Actual city halls in Canada’s largest city may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Rob Ford, Doug Ford, Kory Teneycke and Ezra Levant.

Does anyone seriously believe Sun News Network cancelled Ford Nation after its inaugural show on Monday because of Rob and Doug Ford’s “relative inexperience with the medium”?

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Politics and its Discontents: Some Low-Hanging Fruit

Feeling singularly uninspired this morning, I offer a tidbit of the obvious: ‘Ford Nation,’ that much vaunted segment of the population that stands by their man no matter what, is under-educated and from lower-income backgrounds. Since I am not one of those that the Fords and their right-wing fellow travellers like to contemptuously characterize . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Low-Hanging Fruit

Montreal Simon: Breaking: The Ford Nation is Dead !!!!

Well at least on Sun TV. Less than 24 hours after its debut on Monday night, the conservative cable news channel axed Ford Nation, its highly touted TV talk show starring Rob and Doug Ford, despite record ratings for the network. Read more »

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kory Teneycke Talks Ford Nation Cancellation: The Secret Draft Statement

The verdict is in!  Ford Nation the show sucked monkeys!  Kory Teneycke has made an official public statement, but I have been given a secret recording, which I believe to be genuine, of what is purported to be  a dictation of the first draft of this statement.  As you can see, it is quite . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kory Teneycke Talks Ford Nation Cancellation: The Secret Draft Statement

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Day of Judgement

Now its beyond denial, now it's psychosis. Now he's no longer satisfied with being the Crack Mayor of Toronto. Now he's telling Fox News he wants to be Prime Minister. Read more »

The Ranting Canadian: It’s not really about the crack, or at least it’s…

It’s not really about the crack, or at least it’s not all about the crack. The crack-centred Rob Ford jokes, skits, songs and Internet memes certainly have been entertaining, but Ford’s recent crack use is but one of the many reasons he is hopelessly unqualified to be mayor of the largest city in . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: It’s not really about the crack, or at least it’s…