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Politics and its Discontents: In Case Anyone Cares Anymore

Rob Ford has embarrassed both himself and the city he was elected to serve yet again and again. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Little Something For The Cinephile


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Politics and its Discontents: Ford Nation Probably Thinks This Is Their Idol’s Best Video Performance Yet

You decide. The video was taken early this morning.

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Politics and its Discontents: A Lion In Winter

Like a bloated, aging and wounded lion who realizes his hold over his pride is at an end, Conrad Black is lashing out. Still licking his wounds from lacerations received at the hands of the CBC’s Carol Off, Black used his column in Saturday’s National Post (which as a rule I do not read, but more about that later) both to justify his journalistic ineptitude and to strike back at his growing list of adversaries who include Star editor Michael Cooke, Star columnist Rosie DiManno, The Star itself, and well, just about anyone else who finds fault with him.

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Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Sad Devolution

What was once Canada the cool, the country a 1991 Economist cover story called the “post-modern nation-state”, has now devolved into a rightwing hellhole.

So says The Guardian in an article entitled Sadly, Rob Ford epitomises what Canada has become. Using Toronto’s Chief Oaf Rob Ford and the hard-right policies of Stephen Harper as exemplars, the writer, Matthew Hays, concludes that our country has lost its way.

While one may not agree with all of the conclusions drawn, it is once again sobering to see ourselves as other see us, thanks to the misbegotten policies and contemptuous behaviour of our (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: The Good Lord Gets His Comeuppance

Those who, over the years, have grown weary of the pretentious blather of Conrad Black, the lord and baron much put upon by the requirement that he be subject to the same laws that bind mere mortals, may take some delight in the lesson in real journalism given him by As It Happens’ Carol Off.

The former Lord Tubby, much slimmed down following his six-and-a-half years as a guest of the U.S, justice system (prison, I guess, imposes all kinds of disciplines including, one assumes, those of a dietary nature) received his rebukes as Off took him to (Read more…)

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 as ‘the elites,’ I will quickly add that those two facts do not in themselves qualify them for membership in the PSC (Profoundly Stupid Club). However, their unwavering support of the big boy and his brother, no matter what outrages they commit, no matter what levels (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: On The Perils Of Retirement

As a retiree, I occasionally think that maybe I have too much time on my hands – too much time to follow politics, especially its more sordid aspects which, sadly, seem to define almost all politics today. National, provincial and municipal affairs appear beset with a kind of self-indulgence and selfishness (perhaps the two are synonymous) that, I believe, is wreaking havoc on the social health of the nation. Federally, we see a government mired in corruption and seething with contempt; provincially, a rabid and pervasive partisanship seems to have the public good as only a distant afterthought; municipally, we (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: The Hypocrisy Of The Harperites

It is no revelation to state how hypocritical the current Conservative cabal is. However, those tough-on-crime zealots are betraying new depths of their natures by their advocacy of ‘compassionate’, or should I say expedient, treatment of that exemplar of all that is wrong with the right, the disgraced Chief Magistrate of Toronto, Rob Ford. Not for them the fury they direct at Justin Trudeau for admitting to smoking a joint, but rather compassion for those who need to seek treatment.

Contrasting, for example Peter MacKay’s public musings about Trudeau’s unfitness to lead due to his dalliance with weed, the Justice (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: The Ford Saga Continues

I have shamelessly cribbed the following from Montreal Simon. Please check out his commentary on the continuing Toronto soap opera known simply as The Rob Ford Follies.

Opener – CBC News Toronto – Mayor Rob Ford… by IdolxMuzic Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: From The Pens Of Editorial Cartoonists

…some Saturday afternoon wisdom:

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Politics and its Discontents: A Thought For The Children

I hope this will be one of my last posts about the Rob Ford soap opera, but that is probably a futile hope, given the rich sociological and political insights that his escapades provide. However, today my thought is not about him or his quite possibly abused and complicit wife Renata. Today, my thoughts are for their children.

Rarely seen in public, the pair, a young boy and girl, must be living a hellish life, not only because of the public ridicule and odium heaped upon their father, but also due to the very real possibility that they are at (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: The Medium Of The Moronic

New and long-term members of the Profoundly Stupid Club can rejoice: their mascots, Rob and Doug Ford, the darlings of the dimwitted, the bastions of the benighted, the exemplars of intellectual enfeeblement, will live to fight another day.

Sun News, favored by those who like their commentary simple and absolutist, the place where the good guys wear metaphorical white hats and the bad guys black ones, has

Politics and its Discontents: The Stupid Among Us

I was in a rather foul mood yesterday, and I think it was largely attributable to the ongoing spectacle known as Toronto civic politics. Like one sated on too much unhealthy food, I am royally sick of the disruption caused by the crimes and misdemeanours of Rob Ford and his tag team partner, brother Doug. But what I think especially set me off was the pathetic whinging of the duo, who project an image of deep hurt over what Doug calls the “public flogging” of his brother; coupled with the inability to feel even a scintilla of shame (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: This Is Why They Can’t Have Nice Things In Toronto

Watch below as reputed drug dealer Councillor Doug Ford thuggishly engages in some sanctimonious and hypocritical grandstanding in ‘defence’ of his hapless brother:

As well, you might want to read Joe Fiorito’s piece in today’s Star on the inanity and hypocrisy of those who still support Rob Ford. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: I Have No Shame

Not one to take the high road, I will state the obvious here. Clearly, the Rob Ford bobblehead is not built to scale.

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Politics and its Discontents: Time For A Break

Recently, as I watched Peter Mansbridge’s One on One interview with former Prime Minister Joe Clark, I was reminded of a time when Canadian politics had more texture, depth, structure and, yes, intelligence. Clark, no fan of Stephen Harper, spoke knowingly of the complexities of politics, both domestically and internationally, and his point was clear: we have, under the current regime, turned our backs on time-tested traditions that stood us and the world in such good stead, replacing them with what can almost be described as caricature.

For example, rather than to continue to engage Iran, the ultimately more productive (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: A Little Something For Torontonians

Yoiu have my sympathies, and I assume you need no explanation:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rather Appropriate, Don’t You Think?

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Politics and its Discontents: Uh Oh – The Big Boy’s Mad

One cannot help but wonder if Toronto’s Chief Buffoon, Rob Ford, had been ‘over served’ in some capacity (take your pick of mind/mood altering substances) before making this call to Sun reporter Joe Warmington last night. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: But Can It Be Mixed With Kool-Aid?

Is it possible that at the start of their political careers, Stephen Harper and Rob Ford consulted with Cornelius Grouppe for campaign advice and recruitment methodology?

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Cowichan Conversations: Toronto Globe and Mail Hits A New Low In Canadian Journalism

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

The feeding frenzy swirling around Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Councillor Doug Ford has generated a new low from the so called ‘National Newspaper’ the Toronto Globe and Mail.

Ironically the judgmental reporters, acting like hungry sharks lusting after the first piece of flesh, are quick to pounce on a suspect politician when they smell blood. In this case they have thrown caution and decency out the window.

Initially allegations of the Mayor Ford smoking crack were headlined for a week without one shred of evidence and now the Globe & Mail has upped the stakes with (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Salutin on Civic Embarassment

We are in Edmonton right now, and when people ask us where we are from, I mention our community as being about 70 kilometers from Toronto; I then hasten to add that we have nothing to do with Rob Ford, one whose escapades every westerner we meet seems to be well aware of. Never have I felt a greater urge to distance myself from Ontario’s capital, with obvious good reason.

I therefore found especially interesting Rick Salutin’s thoughts on civic embarrassment and its effects on the people. You can read it here.

Off to Banff tomorrow. I wonder if the (Read more…)

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Why I Believe Rob Ford

I believe Rob Ford was telling the truth because of what he did not say.

He did not say:

I have never used crack cocaine.

And he did not say:

There is no video of me appearing to use crack cocaine because I have never been in a situation where I appeared to be using crack cocaine.

So, because of what he did not say, I believe that Rob Ford was telling the truth, very carefully.

THE FIFTH COLUMN: The Rob Ford Scenarios

So what are the possible explanations for the infamous Rob Ford video. Rob Ford says it is just ridiculous, but beyond that he offers no explanation. So we are left to our own speculation. But there must be some explanation for the fact that the journalists that saw it thought that it was indeed Rob Ford, so let us look at the possible scenarios.

The Ford Nation Conspiracy Theory Scenario