John Tory and his chief advisor, Nick Kouvalis, were together at the City Hall press party last night. Nick was telling everyone that he is working for John, and that he is going to “destroy” everyone else. John looked a bit uncomfortable about that.
In any event, here’s some gems that Nick has said about his new boss in the past. I guess they’ve patched things up.
“It’s all about accountability and John Tory’s leadership.” – Nick, explaining why he was starting a campaign to remove John from the Ontario PC leadership. Press release, December 6, 2007 “Based on (Read more…)
You want bobbleheads? These two strongly resemble bobbleheads.
Speaking during his weekly appearance on a Washington radio show, Rob Ford said he planned to give his wife “just money.”
“Women love money,” the mayor said to the hosts of Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. “You give them a couple of thousand bucks and they’re happy.”
Ford added that while he planned to get his wife “some treats on the side,” his big gift to her would be “a nice cheque.”
Dreamed that Son Three and me were driving a Land Rover at some seaside resort – on the water. It did okay for a while, but then eventually sunk. Scarlett Johansson comforted us, on terra firma, as we watched the recovery effort. I told her that driving on the water was explicitly okayed in the driver’s manual.
It was a ridiculous dream, of course. Me, driving a Land Rover? Don’t make me laugh.
Share your own dreams in comments, Canada. Did Scarlett pop by?
SFH’s “Free Pussy Riot” tee – which sold out in days. Now a collector’s item!
Gave the PS4 to Son Two at his birthday get-together last night. Also in attendance: Sons One and Three, Daughter, Son Two’s BFF.
It was a big, big hit. Many thanks to all of you who helped me find it.
Get ready to be hearing that line quite a bit in the next couple years. This Harper appointee has just put the Conservatives in mortal peril. In two sentences.
Oh, and here’s what he deserves.
For years, I have had two devices – a Blackberry and an iPhone.
I was always a Blackberry guy, right from their first pager-style model (that beauty up above). I loved it because I could write on it. I write about 1,000 words every day, so it was just what the doctor ordered.
I got the iPhone because I stepped on my old Motorola at an SFH gig. I wanted something that was a good phone, and that had iTunes. So I got the iPhone, very reluctantly (Apple people always seemed like religious fanatics to me). But the camera and (Read more…)
As per the letter below. They didn’t even bother to contact me, they considered his complaint so utterly without merit. Wow.
Which reminds me: I still haven’t been arrested for criminal libel, and it’s Day 62! What gives? Oh well: I’m sure the police will be knocking on my door, any day now. Better pack my toothbrush.
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Justin Trudeau won’t agree to an interview.
With Sun News, that is.
He dismisses queries from Sun Media reporters on the Hill, even super nice guys like David Akin. He routinely dismisses questions from Sun Media reporters.
And, last week, we asked him if he’d do one of those friendly year-end interviews with a Liberal-friendly audience — that is, Yours Truly — but he dismissed the idea.
Now, we may be the biggest newspaper chain in the country, with an audience in many of the places where the Liberal leader needs to be heard. We may be able to get (Read more…)
I have long called McDonald’s Corporate Death Burger (h/t MDC). I also refer to a Big Mac as a “Stomach Bomb.” The first libel action against me (at age sixteen, I won) came from McD’s. So I generally avoid the place like the plague.
However, sometimes you have no choice. Such was the case on the weekend, when I needed to quickly feed Son One and Son Two something.
The illustration below was spotted by one of my sharp-eyed sons. It looked very much to us that McDonald’s has embraced the punk ethos.
The little figure on the side (Read more…)
The view in our living room.
The Evil Empire.
Yes, that’s what we called it. Back before the dawn of time, you see, I was chief of staff to a federal cabinet minister. The minister had multiple responsibilities. In private sector terms, he ran the biggest corporation in Canada.
Among his responsibilities was Canada Post. Or, as my colleagues called it, The Evil Empire.
All of the departments, agencies and Crown corporations overseen by the minister had their own unique problems. But none so much as Canada Post.
One day, and not long after we had won election, I went to see the “CEO” of the (Read more…)
Wynne has this incongruity I like: she smiles a lot and is friendly, but she is absolutely brutal when fat-cats start getting reckless with taxpayer-subsidized expense accounts. It’s like a bureaucratic Game of Thrones, and she’s the one swinging the axe. Voters like that.
It’s not necessarily a theme to carry her through an entire election campaign, but it’s better than what she’s got right now.
My, my. You wouldn’t suppose the timing has anything to do with the ongoing Senate scandal, would you? No, of course not.
The decade-plus-long delay makes this a joke. If a trial ever takes place, I’ll be amazed.
Political courage, someone once said, is not political suicide.
Noble sentiment, I guess, but it’s also worth knowing that the author of the statement was Arnold Schwarzenegger (not Camus, who provided the inspiration for this post’s title). Arnold, of course, would subsequently go on to commit political suicide.
I thought of The Arnold’s little maxim, this morning, as I read Adrian Morrow’s bit in the Globe:
“Kathleen Wynne will fight the next election over a promise to raise taxes to build transit, staking her premiership on the belief voters will accept short-term pain to finally (Read more…)
SFH and a ton of other bands – plus our newest members, Steve Deceive and Royal Niblit!
Text exchange between Son One and me. We Kinsellas are unimpressed by movie stars.
I’m not kidding, either.
If this extraordinary story isn’t an Onion-like bit of satire – and I checked, it doesn’t seem to be – the Harper guys are done like dinner. Dead.
Justin, here are your talking points:
“No wonder they were eager to shut down the House early. If elected, I will stop this. Vote for me, and I will force Canada Post to keep delivering your mail.”
I read this story, and then I re-read it.
It’s one of two possibilities. One, it’s a candid and honest admission by Justin Trudeau about one of Justin Trudeau’s shortcomings, for which he deserves credit. Or, two, it’s a bit of pre-conditioning – some inoculation – against future verbal gaffes. Which is shrewd, and for which he also deserves credit.
Either way, there’s no downside – and a fair amount of upside – to giving such a year-end interview. He wins either way.
As the cliché suggests, there’s always a but. Mine is this, drawn from one of (Read more…)