Last night, southern Manhattan reportedly received a 13.88-foot storm surge, a record high and more than enough to flood much of the city. We’ve all seen the pictures. What’s more, according to Ben Orlove, director of the Master’s Program in Climate and Society at Columbia University, about a foot of that surge would not have been there if not for the sea-level rise already caused by climate change over the course of the 20th century.
So, yes, we knew. We knew well ahead of time that this could happen, and we knew global warming was already making it worse. We knew, but we did virtually nothing. (Well, New York did empanel a sea-level-rise task force, which put out a report — and you can see how that turned out.)
This is more a personal quibble of mine, but why do you hate freedom? Why do you hate the fact that other people want a chance to live their lives and be happy, even though they may believe in something different than you, or act different than you? How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life?
Anyone who supports subways — including the mayor, his greedy developer friends, Ontario Opposition Leader Tim Hudak and you, reader — but is not prepared to contribute tax dollars, is living a fantasy. Wake up, people, I beg you. Please.
@GraphicMatt dismantles @TOMayorFord on transit | #TOpoli #TTC #TeamFord
There’s no shortage of observers willing to blog, analyze, poke fun, and detail all the myriad injuries, both large and small, that Team Ford is inflicting upon the city. Irrational mean-spiritedness, making up “facts” as they go along, sandbagging rookie councillors, and an overall spirit of childish vindictiveness — everything they do contributes to the overall effect of making Toronto a smaller, meaner, dirtier and less functional place to live.
Special mention must go, however, to Matt Elliott for his dedicated, comprehensive, and thoroughly researched posts at Ford For Toronto. What’s especially admirable is that he never sinks to the kind of cheap invective you’ll find on sites like mine. He lays out the numbers and lets them speak for themselves.
Today’s post merits particular attention. In a few short paragraphs, Matt sets out just how badly Team Ford’s incomprehensible, incoherent approach to public transit sets us back. It’s an object lesson in the importance of a cautious, reasoned approach to public policy, and the cost of leaving these decisions in the hands of people who act like petulant five-year-olds.
Any wise guy can wank on about the stupidity of the “War on the Car” meme. Matt brings the facts. If you haven’t bookmarked his site, do it today.
@TOMayorFord, the Star, the truth, and maturity | #TOpoli
OK, so if I understand this, Rob Ford isn’t talking to the Star because according to him, the paper is lying about an incident involving him and a football team he was coaching. And he’s going to cut the Star out of all official communications from the mayor’s office until the Star apologizes.
Petty personal vendetta and inappropriate use of official communications channels aside, the mayor has already established that his relationship with the truth is a little … tenuous. We’ve already seen that when he’s confronted with allegations of stupid, questionable or boorish behaviour on his part, the first thing he does is lie, deny, complain about being the victim of a hatchet job and dig his heels in. Only when the evidence becomes overwhelming does he own up.
There was the time he got drunk and started yelling obscenities at a couple of spectators at a Leaf game. First he said he wasn’t even there.
- Ford admits lying to media about drunken outburst
- Gallery: A brief history of Rob Ford’s public blunders (11th item)
Then there’s the incident where he allegedly flipped the bird at Ottilie Mason and her daughter when they told him to get off his cellphone while driving. His staff subsequently admitted he was on his cellphone, but he continued to insist that he never made any rude gestures, that and that the whole thing was a misunderstanding.
Whatever that means.
- No distracted driving charge for Toronto mayor Ford
- Rob Ford denies giving mom the finger
- Ford calls one-finger salute a ‘misunderstanding’
And there’s the question of whether it was dark and whether his daughter was with him and how many times he said “fuck” when Mary Walsh tried to interview him and he called 911, and the continuing nonsense about his campaign-trail guarantee of no service cuts … well, you know where I’m going.
Um … Rob? Dude. Big guy. You’re not exactly on firm ground when you start accusing other people of making stuff up. Do you really want to go down this road?
Maybe try acting like an adult? I’m sure you can do it.
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- Revisiting #FordNation: some hard truths | #TOpoli @cityslikr @trishhennessy
- @DavidHains on undermining @TOMayorFord’s enabling mythology
- ‘I’m driving,’ Ford says after learning he won’t be charged in cellphone incident - CityNews
- @thekeenanwire, road tolls and maturity | #gridlock #TOpoli
Gay-friendly policy sparks death threats against Burnaby teacher | #homophobia #stupidityvia burnabynow.com