On Thursday, workers enter the fishbowl to take away the industrial-sized scale that Mr. Ford used for his failed weight-loss campaign, the Cut the Waist Challenge. It felt like the ceremonial felling of some ousted despot’s statue – only sillier.
How stupid does one have to be to vote for a candidate who makes no secret of the fact that he/she wants to see you panhandling on a corner to get enough coins for your daily can of cat food, which you will consume inside your cardboard box in an alley, while trying to survive another day of your “golden years”? Can hatred (for the POTUS, Dems in general, or for the poor,) alone explain this level of recklessness and ignorance? And even if it does, why are they so full of hate? Where did we go wrong with these folks?
Teabaggers, folks. They’re here for the rest of what passes for their lives.
OK, so: entitlement, tantrums, shitting on people who can’t fight back, and violence. I think I see a pattern here …
On Thursday afternoon, Rob Ford went on a back-to-school shopping trip with his two children, Stephanie and Dougie. He brought along seven staffers and invited the media to watch.
Seven staffers. Damn right I trust him with my tax dollars.
Here’s our meme for 2014: Rob Ford: Pissing Away Your Tax Dollars. Repeat ad nauseum, ad infinitum.
I’m beginning to understand that the North American universe is all in its head. Many more people are moving by means other than by car. In a reality based world (rather than one constituted through special interest and monopoly power of Big Energy Companies), we would have 60% of the road surface set aside for bicycles of all kinds (including slow children’s bikes with small wheels), joggers, long-boarders, walkers, trolls etc..
Instead of blaming other non-car road users for cluttering up our transportation grid - we should keep our focus on the main problem - millions of one person, large, noisy, polluting automobiles, collectively taking up 90% of the road infrastructure that we have all helped to build with our tax dollars.
Tom has parking issues, and Doug thinks it’s crazy that the caller has to get permission from the City to install a parking pad. Of course, parking pads reduce on-street parking and increase pressure on the sewage system (because the pad doesn’t absorb storm water), but hey, we can just blame someone else for that later, right?
David Hains is a municipal treasure.
But then came the turmoil of Rob Ford years, in which transit planning boiled down to regional grievance with a tunnel fetish. Suddenly, the parts of town that “needed” subways weren’t the ones with the ridership to warrant them, but the ones that felt sufficiently aggrieved to “deserve” them. And the parts of town that were originally set to receive an LRT line that would have been better than a subway on so many levels were told that this was somehow second-rate.
Preach, brother Ivor.
Taking the pettiness of politics out of the equation, there’s no real reason to change course on Scarborough transit. The case against throwing out a perfectly good LRT plan in favour of a more expensive subway plan has been made. The subway won’t be appreciably faster, it isn’t needed to carry projected ridership and it won’t interfere any less with road traffic. But, hey, it will be called a “subway” and it will, I guess, earn some politicians a few votes.
Matt Elliott with a bunch of facty evidency transit stuff, in today’s sad-but-true transit moment.
I don’t want fewer conservatives on council; balance is important. What I want are more conservatives who recognize the centrality of vigorous, fact-based policy debate; who value and practice civility in politics; and who understand both the mechanics and the role of consensus-building in local government.
Doug — allegedly the smarter brother, but not really — was absolutely tone-deaf on all three counts, and his absence, at least in this space, will not be missed.
The indispensible @JohnLorinc on the mayoral brother and the inseparability of civility and conservatism.
And the city is not a business. Yes, balanced budgets, good execution, and privatizing a few things are modern-day necessities; but if the role of government is to be heartless and threadbare, there is really no need for it at all.
Yes indeedy. There’s that ‘public good’ thing again.
Source: The Globe and Mail