Dec 7, 2013 at 03:15:22
“We're all minorities in some way ot another.”
EQ8Rhomes on Dec 7, 2013 at 13:21:14
“@TT_Esty1: Thank you! Years ago, I, a visible minority, had to remind an English Canadian muttering about visible minorities of just your point considering the whole of Canada. He agreed!
One female teacher only considered women a majority because of numbers. I reminded her that women have been political and economic minorities world over.
“That there are people with an IQ below 85 is not unique to our time. It has always been so and will likely always be so in the sense that some people have brown hair and others are blond. It is a consequence of heredity, chance or wilful enterprise.
Boris Johnson has shown that rational and compassionate thought is not necessary part of the mind set of those with an IQ higher. One might also argue that those below 85 probably have a better understanding of Johnson that he of them.”
TwoZeroOZ on Dec 5, 2013 at 14:39:55
“Rationality is a skill. It can be learned like any other skill. So you're right in that it is not a part of IQ.
However, there is a distinct correlation between those with a higher IQ having a better grasp of rationality.”
Dec 1, 2013 at 22:59:55
“rick_86, you were afforded a chance to have a rationale political discussion; to present your point of view with supporting arguments. Instead, you chose to be disrespectful to the cause and tenor of this space. In this rather complicated world of ours, it is not sufficient to snipe from behind a forest of inaneness but requires thought and consideration. You don't always have to be right but you do have to show thought.
And Stevie tucks himself in because that's the kind of guy he is.”
Nov 30, 2013 at 18:42:12
“Much will depend on what the home environment was like and how perceptive Justin was. I've met Justin and he's a presentable young man. Right now, he's in the chrysalid stage and so its uncertain whether a butterfly or a moth will emerge. Like his father, he stands on the brink of opportunity but when you fly without a net, there are only so many falls that you can take.
Harper, on the other hand, is a seasoned flyer and always with a net. Read 'Leiningen Versus the Ants' to get a grasp as to how the Conservative machine works. (Spoiler alert: It has a happy ending)
Mulcair and the NDP will never make it because they are like us and we know our failing and so will not trust people like us in government. We don't vote NDP because we lack confidence in ourselves.”
rick 86 on Dec 1, 2013 at 14:42:01
“Whatever you say Laureen, go tuck Stevie in now.”
Nov 30, 2013 at 18:08:55
“That's my point. If Corporate Canada gains confidence in Trudeau, they'll give him money and he'll be able to hire some good speech writers. His on the fly responses are passable now because he is in training but once he gets on track with Muclair and Harper, his boyish observations won't pass except, of course, for other boys.
Harper is unlikely to run in the next election. His reputation is being shredded and when the truth ever emerges, he'll be happy for his pension. This group of Conservative parliamentarians are a sorry lot but then the Conservative basket is not deep or bright.”
Nov 30, 2013 at 16:44:55
“I'm certain that Harper and the PMO have a 'work around' already else Chong would be looking for his kneecaps.
The irony is that by allowing Chong to present his Bill, Harper and the PMO can argue that independence for members exists. And the defeat of the Bill will be a further example. Our Hopes and wishes are with you, Mikey.”
hunter87471 on Nov 30, 2013 at 17:09:02
“They don't even tolerate dissent behind closed doors, never mind of the floor of Parliament- this guy is playing with his entire future. Good luck to him!”
Nov 30, 2013 at 16:30:48
“Hard to tell what will happen in the next two years but for the present, Mulcair is the only adult in the room. Trudeau is a fast learner and is fortunate to have someone like Mulcair mentor him. Certainly, Harper is not one to be emulated. Moreover, Harper is being sucked down by the jellyfish he bred. Much will depend on where the big boys decide to place their money.”
rick 86 on Nov 30, 2013 at 16:49:33
“What's Mulcair going to teach him how to jump ship and change parties. Mulcair is not much different than Harper. Wussy personal attacks.
Even not being schooled in Law (like Mulcair) Trudeau still asked the more pertinent question regarding the breach of the criminal code. Since his background is in teaching, the first thing he should do is run a course for the righties on ethics and social skills. Mulcair had some trouble in that area too did he not?”
“Berlusconi has shown that mental dysfunction comes in many forms and some borders on mental affliction. We need to take the opportunity to examine his behaviour in hopes of understanding and codifying such behaviour so as to recognize it when it surfaces again. We should know where he fits in within the DSM-IV.
Presently we see Berlusconi as a 'one of' but if his behaviour were classified as part of a mental disorder, we might see that other 'distinguished' and lesser men and women were as delusional.”
Nov 29, 2013 at 17:48:30
“They're starting to groom the young lad. Given him a hair cut and all. It is not unusual to have the young quote the words of the great in hope of being carried or at least noticed. He is on the Liberal pathway and in 10 or 20 years may prove his worth and win an election.”
rick 86 on Nov 30, 2013 at 18:13:35
“YES, growing up the son of a PM he wouldn't KNOW anything about pokitics like a great mind like yourself, huh? God damn, the righties are high functional mongaloids.”
rick 86 on Nov 29, 2013 at 17:57:18
“He proved in the bi-elections he's already worth more in the eyes of voters that he NDP. How they doing? Pretty good?”
“Yes, Susan, I actually grew up in one. Of course, I was too young to appreciate how poor we were. Poor in the economic sense but rich in family and that house contributed to that richness. My parents never left that house and in its time, other families have enjoyed its shelter. I last saw it in 2005 and it glowed with additions and improvements.
An exception? I think not. As long as corporations and Churches dominate the economics, there will always be poor. The reality is that the former take a disproportionate share out of the economy. And, I might add, often ship it to some tax haven.”
“Americans are proud of their independence and if they independently want to go shopping like all the other independent consumers then the independent merchants should open their independent stores. That is how an independent America behaves.
Now quit bellyaching and pick up that turkey sandwich and get to the store. Who do you think you are, rich?”
Worldyplace on Nov 28, 2013 at 04:30:24
“independence at the cost and detriment of others?
“This is like Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan telling the company to help the poor buy houses. You can almost hear the arthritic hands of the rich grasp tighter the moneyed purse.”
Susan DeYoung on Nov 28, 2013 at 16:49:14
“Have you seen the houses that given to the poor four years after?”
Susan DeYoung on Nov 28, 2013 at 16:46:05
“He attacks the idolatry of money yet before money stolen or given it was earned and so represents man's very productivity.
Note his next words were to call on the rich, the productive, to share that money. And goes to say that the market gains media attention while one dying of hunger does not. It is for that very market and free enterprise that he condemns that there are not more hungry. Our standard of living has risen for what amounts to what little Capitalism exists today. He speaks the economy when knows nothing of it. And I for one am tired of hearing Capitalism being blamed for a bad market, poor economy and now hunger.”
imlaughlin on Nov 28, 2013 at 11:21:18
“It's about each of us, as individuals, TT. -- What are we doing to help the poor, infirm and aged in our communities. That's the message of Pope Francis.”
“The police and for that matter the justice system has two major power strategies. One is respect and the other is fear. The action of a few has seriously diminished the first and so they are becoming more dependent on the second.
Violence and brutality always diminish the first and enhance the second. The missing component in all of this is intelligence. And in this case, the driver may not be excluded.”
seanp1974 on Nov 23, 2013 at 15:32:54
“You do not need to fear the police if you are not breaking the law. Plain and simple.”
“The police do it because they can get away with it. They are basically telling us, 'You better be afraid of us'. Nothing has really changed except now they are being filmed.”
seanp1974 on Nov 23, 2013 at 10:32:27
“Maybe, they are saying you need to obey the laws of society and we will leave you alone. I have never had a problem with them unless I had broke a law. Have you? Or, are you just jumping on the band wagon.”
Steel Wind on Nov 23, 2013 at 07:37:00
“Nothing has changed?
I think Const. James Forcillo, the Toronto police officer charged with murdering Sammy Yatin on a Toronto streetcar on July 27, 2013 has a very different perspective on what has changed as a result of the ubiquitous nature of cell phone video cameras.”
“According to the news report, she was in a forced marriage with her former boyfriend and alleged killer of Ramirez. As a spouse, she was precluded from testifying agaist him and the matter was not pursued. When the police learned of their divorce, they re-initiated the investigation. She cooperated on the assurance that she would not be implicated. She mistakenly thought that the police would understand her role and see that she was not directly involved. Perhaps, she should have pleaded the Fifth.
Ironically the prosecution states 'defendants often deny the crime they are charged with' as if this was some novel insight and that such statements are without fact. Moreover, the prosecutor also states, 'She wants to try this case with the media' and, thereby, starting to try the case in the press. In addition, the prosecutor seems amiable to a plea bargain even though the lesser charge was not committed, that is, if innocent until proven guilty has any sway in this country. Such is the justice system.”