Dec 5, 2013 at 15:10:06
“The most frustrating part of this whole sordid saga is that you can't even really use the age-old platitude "Geez, what is HE smoking?" when responding to the never-ending stream of outrageous sound bites and quotes coming from Ford.
Dec 5, 2013 at 13:36:31
“Ford does realize that his recent public admission to smoking crack cocaine would absolutely disqualify him from ever getting private American health insurance. He knows this, right?
Use of dangerous illegal drugs with known severe health consequences would most definitely be a "pre-existing condition" rendering him uninsurable. At least before the ACA (aka Obamacare). Now, with the provisions in the ACA, he may be able to get health insurance in the US, were he an American. Irony much?
So in his fantasy world where public health care is a bad thing, when he has his massive heart attack and needs bypass surgery - he can expect a bill well into the 6 figures. Obviously not a problem for him as he is a millionaire. Kinda tough to come up with the equivalent of the value of your home or more to pay for medical care for the 'average Joe' he allegedly represents.
Oh the irony. Of course lost on Ford and Ford nation...”
Nov 11, 2013 at 17:43:27
“Its not reading too much in. That is EXACTLY what this was. Rob Ford using Remembrance day as a platform to get to the podium and "prove" he is all good and a stand up mayor, despite the scandal raging all around him.
If he had any class or even simple common-sense, he would have realized this event was not about him, and the simple act of insisting on making a speech wold be tainted with controversy because of his outrageous behaviour, was disgraceful.
Way to make Remembrance day all about Rob Ford, Ford.
Any person in this situation with an iota of common sense would recognize that their very presence at this ceremony would be a distraction, and a lightening rod for controversy and would have opted to silently attend and pay respect graciously. But not Ford. In order to keep up this charade (fooling whom, exactly?) Ford is up there grandstanding on Remembrance Day. Pathetic.”
kiddub on Nov 11, 2013 at 18:02:43
“Mayors make speeches at every municipal remembrance day ceremony in this country. He could have chosen to walk away but he didn't. I don't think it was grandstanding, but I don't think it was noble either. It was just his duty as the Mayor. Today is not about your personal political preferences. The only reason it has tainted Remembrance Day is because people are choosing to make it an issue, and thus giving him the attention that you say he craves. You are choosing to focus on Ford, not the Day. You have 364 days to talk about Ford. Today, let's talk about the vets and not this clown.”
Nov 11, 2013 at 16:28:07
“No class on the part of the person who booed him.
And no class on the part of Ford for stubbornly refusing to admit that he is the focal point of a massive scandal and should do the right (and sane) thing and at least excuse himself from public life temporarily until his personal life is in order. To continue to pretend that it is just 'business as usual', and to use the solemn occasion of Remembrance Day to "prove" he is just fine and doing his mayoral duties was tasteless and shameful.
Ford has been quite clear - he refuses to acknowledge his own personal behaviour has in any way affected the city he supposedly runs (obviously, that is far from the case) and instead of graciously excusing himself from this event and perhaps attending as normal citizen; he had to go and make it all about Rob Ford, instead of about the Veterans.
The fact that he gave this speech in light of everything that has happened, on Nov 11, is EXACTLY the problem with Rob Ford. Absolutely no class, tact, or candour.”
Aug 26, 2013 at 20:18:54
Canada British Columbia
“Isn't that the truth....
When my bike was stolen and I called the cops, they asked a bunch of inane questions (what colour were the tires? Uhhhh, black? Does that really narrow it down????) but didn't seem to have any motivation to actually do anything about it. When I asked the cop 'So, do you think there is any chance I'll see this bike again?' He replied, 'Nope. Pretty much zero chance, sorry.'
So yeah, what she did might have been a little b@llsy, I'm glad she got her wheels back!”
“Yes.... And there is no money to be made in denying global warming. No money at all. The reason oil companies and industrialists like the Koch's spend literally billions of dollars trying to get "scientists" to speak against the evidence for global warming is because they are so interested in science. It has nothing to do with the billions of dollars they make selling fossil fuels. Nothing to see here.....”
PeggyatHome on Aug 31, 2013 at 12:52:58
“The global temperatures have not changed in the past 17 years. ”
“So yeah, I do what I can to conserve and reduce my impact. I live 10 block from where I work, cycle year-round, and my family shares a single fuel efficient car. There are still people in my building that drive full size 3/4 ton pickups to work in office towers downtown. As long as gas is so cheap that it still makes sense for people to drive escalades, hummers, and F250s - and as long as gas is so cheap that we can literally pi$$ it away driving around and around in circles in 800 horsepower cars (i.e. NASCAR), I say it is far too cheap. Triple the price of gas, see if I care. Won't affect me at all, and maybe it would be a wakeup call to people living in 4,000 sqft McMansions and driving Hummers an hour to work each way that their lifestyle is not acceptable and they need to change. Wasting our earth resources wantonly, I predict, will not be as well tolerated in coming years as climate change and extreme weather become more prominent and people start to wise up to the scam the oil barons and their puppet politicians like Harper have running.”
The Conservative Gov't is gangbusters for Alberta tar sands expansion. A type of fossil fuel acquisition that releases at least 3X the amount of greenhouse gasses as conventional oil drilling. And, that pollutes obscene amounts of fresh water in the process.
Why are they so pro tar sands? Because we are so desperate for oil and are down to the last drop having exhausted all other options to provide the bare requirements to fuel our society? Sadly, no. They are so pro tar sands because they are essentially puppets for greedy oil barons who are already fantastically wealthy, but see an opportunity to make even more money selling bitumen to China.
That is what it ALL about. It has nothing to with what we need. It is all about getting the oil out ASAP and selling to Asia. In their closing arguments as to why we should build the Northern Gateway pipeline, Enbridge argued that it was imperative for us to have bitumen flowing to China in case US markets for our oil soften in light of newer, non-oil energy sources. As if that would be a BAD thing! That would be a great thing! That would mean people were actually wising up and taking notice that what we are doing to the planet is completely insane and we need to stop NOW!
Jun 14, 2013 at 16:34:00
“Who knows if he'll be charged, but does it really matter? I think most people are looking for him to step down as mayor of Toronto - not go to jail.
If in the video he is smoking some crystalline rock-like substance (maybe crack, maybe crystal meth, maybe sugar cubes...) from a glass pipe in the kitchen of known crack dealers - would you not agree that is unbecoming behaviour for the mayor of the city?
How would Mayor Robertson (Vancouver) fare if a video came out of him smoking what looked like a crack rock from a pipe in the kitchen of a Hell's Angels club house in East Van? I'm pretty sure he'd cease to be the mayor in pretty short order. But Ford nation doesnt seem to care! It is astounding! As long as Ford keeps saying the slogans, they will allow him to continue with all manner of outrageous and scandalous behaviour.
The rest of Canada is completely baffled by this Ford nation phenomenon. It is like a cult.”
May 24, 2013 at 22:24:49
“How would you assess his job performance? Are you satisfied that he is doing a good job? I'm not. It has been one scandal and goof-up after another pretty much since day one. the fact that he may be a crack addict is actually quite illuminating.....”
heterodoxlibertarian on May 25, 2013 at 00:07:12
“There has been a lot of scandals and goofs but on the other hand he didn't cave to the unions like Miller did, he scrapped the vehicle registration tax, and hasn't raised taxes in general. Those are good things in my book.”
May 24, 2013 at 22:22:12
“I don't now Ralph. But I am quite confident that in due time, we will find out.
Why didn't he say 'Unequivocally, I have NEVER used crack cocaine, period.' Isn't that what you would have said, if it was you - as a prominent public figure - being accused of using an extremely stigmatize street drug? I know that is exactly what I would have said.
I have never used crack cocaine - or any form of cocaine. Period. And were I to be accused of doing so with the spectre of a video proving it, it would have taken me exactly 10 seconds to take the microphone in front of media from far and wide to state exactly that. I would have said that these are extremely serious, slanderous allegations that are 100% false as I know for a fact that I have never ever used cocaine, therefore a video of me doing so cannot exist.
But Ford seems unable to say the same. Doesn't that concern you?
I am 100% confident that nobody on this planet has a video of me smoking crack with Somali drug dealers. There is absolutely no possibility of it. Why can't Ford say the same?”
“Actually, Switzerland has a higher per capita rate of gun deaths than any other country in Western Europe. Almost higher than ALL of Europe. The only with more are Malta and Macedonia. Far far from the ludicrous claim that Switzerland has "zero gun violence".
0.17 suicides by gun per 100K people is the rate in the UK. Switzerland's is 3.15 per 100K. That is an 18x higher per capita rate of firearm suicide in Switzerland, compared to the UK.
But yeah, keep clinging to the lie that Switzerland has "zero gun violence".... The fact that that outright lie is so eeeeeaaaaaaasy to disprove with simple facts equates to only one logical conclusion: You argument has zero credibility.
“"The real big common denominator is the alcohol and it ended up costing him his life."
Nope. He didn't die from alcohol poisoning. The "common denominator" in this pathetic math equation is guns. If he didn't have GUNS in the home, he would be alive with a hangover. But he's dead. Ho hum.”
Apr 22, 2013 at 23:41:29
“Actually, if you didn't jump to conclusions based on your own preconceived notions and stereotypes, you would know that this man has also given away a large part of his winnings to simple community causes in his hometown. Museums, Salvation Army, soup -kitchens, homeless shelters, the Legion, etc etc. 7 million, in fact, as of Dec 2012 - a month after his win. All given away to various community causes within his town.
“Just like people who speed and cause car crashes don't obey speed limits. Ergo, there is no point in having speed limits at all.
Just like people who steal, don't obey laws against stealing. Ergo, there is no point in having laws against stealing.
Just like people who commit murder, don't obey laws against murder. Ergo, there is no point in having laws against murder.
Is that how the logic goes? I would be surprised if you think that way, but what I don't understand is why this logic ONLY applies to guns and gun violence? Oh yeah, I forgot: '2nd amendment! LALALALALALA I can't hear you!!!!'. Got it.”
jdmich on Apr 23, 2013 at 09:27:35
“If someone speeds, you cannot protect yourself from that crime by speeding yourself.
If someone commits murder against you (or tries) having a gun CAN save your life if that situation.
No one is saying get rid of all gun laws, we are simply saying don't take away my right to lawfully carry my gun for protection purposes. It is already illegal to carry a gun with out a permit, but someone who intends to commit a much worse crime does not care about that law.
Does the guy that just robbed a bank, worry about the speed limit in the get away car????
Does a murderer worry about a breaking and entering charge when he intends to murder you in your own home???
There you go sir, there is a clear cut explanation of the logic.”
bovine13 on Apr 23, 2013 at 04:21:29
“Who said anything about getting rid of the laws we already have on the books???? Where did you dredge up that strawman from???”
Joel Snyder on Apr 23, 2013 at 02:22:37
“Don't be stupid. The point is that if we don't enforce our laws they are pointless. Out of the tens of thousands of people that applied for firearms that were not eligible or lied on their background check only 68 were brought to the attention of a prosecutor and of those only about a dozen were formally charged. The fix for that isn't making more laws we won't enforce, the fix is to enforce the approx 22,000 gun laws currently on the books.”
jazzdrmike on Apr 22, 2013 at 23:58:54
“Major smack down!”
eztobeme on Apr 22, 2013 at 15:31:23
“They don't prevent the crime. They are just useful for prosecution. If you don't steal, etc. Then you really don't need the law telling you not to do those things do you? It is only for those that do those things that the law applies to.”
Ash G on Apr 22, 2013 at 12:57:07
“There are already gun laws in place, and they get violated, just like speeding and stealing. What needs done is harsher punishments for violating existing gun laws.”
Apr 11, 2013 at 19:59:11
“Don't be surprised. This is not news. Cannabis use patterns in countries with liberal vs conservative cannabis laws have been available for years. Public health officials have been reporting this ad nauseum for years.
The surprising part is why our politicians continue to ignore the data and evidence and persist with failed policies that have been debunked time and time again. And why we, the voters, let them get away with it.”
yer on Apr 11, 2013 at 20:04:12
“I certainly think that's changing . What will make the most difference now is real science to answer questions and cancel opinions on its usage. Then by the time legalization is considered there will be something to back it.
Anything has a limit. Once that's settled I don't see why it can't be taxed like tobacco/alcohol. Given the lingering effects unlike tobacco and more like alcohol it may lead to specifically different periods of "do not operate heavy machinery" etc, and probably employer drug testing. That will be the cost”
Apr 11, 2013 at 19:55:58
“Well I certainly am not suggesting youth should be smoking cannabis, you need to recognize that the study you cite had severe methodological flaws and has since been absolutely crucified in the medical literature for major errors in study design. It was published in a very poor quality journal for that reason.
It got a lot of press because the "conclusion" was so inflammatory. But realize that the data did not really support the author's conclusions and the author's more or less admitted to being biased and making statements under the guise of conclusions that were actually more opinion than fact.”
Apr 11, 2013 at 19:51:21
“"Do you think Canada's marijuana laws should change? Should they be tightened in an effort to discourage young people from using pot?"
Is that a rhetorical question? Obviously strict cannabis prohibition does nothing to reduce youth cannabis use. The nations with the most "liberal" (AKA sensible) approach to cannabis have the lowest rate of use. Exactly what public health experts, scientists, and doctors have been saying for years.
The only people who think strict laws against cannabis do anything to reduce use are evidence and data eschewing moralists and police who directly benefit from the (failed) status quo.
Legalize cannabis in Canada now! There is no cogent argument to continue with the current prohibition model. It has been a complete failure by any definition of the word.”