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"If Rob Ford was Peter Griffin..."

These Family Guy style cartoons using audio from Rob Ford press conferences are funny. The mimicry of the animation style is well done.

They are from NoFordNation.com


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LOL. or maybe Toronto's next mayor will be Asian reporter Trish Takanowa ?

Naah it be Ford by a landslide. -)


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Rob Ford on CBC's **Metro Morning

Matt Galloway grilled Rob Ford on CBC Toronto's Metro Morning radio show this morning.

Ford was visibly shaken by Galloway's refusal to let him deflect the serious questions about his drug use, criminal connections and the ongoing police investigation. Galloway was also quick to fact check some of Ford's oft repeated claims. At one point, Ford seemed ready to end the interview.



Galloway: "Why should anybody trust anything that you say?

Ford: "I have a proven track record of 14 years of success"

Galloway: "And part of that track record is you lying about smoking crack, lying about a reporter being in your backyard  … lying about saying you weren't going to drink anymore, and you were caught again drinking …. So based on that, why should anyone trust anything that you say?"

Ford: "Was I perfect? No. I'm not a criminal … I haven't been charged with anything. Don't call me a criminal, Matt, because I'm not a criminal."

Ford also restated his demand that if police have a tape of him smoking crack, it should be released. He said he wants to know how much police are spending investigating him.

Galloway then continued to ask Ford about his record in office: "You've admitted to buying drugs, you've admitted to smoking crack … those are behaviours I think that a lot of people would characterize as criminal and as not becoming the office of mayor. Do you think those behaviours should be considered alongside the rest of your record?"

Ford: "It's part of it. What you're saying has been said for the last year, over and over. People are blocking it out. If people want to judge me on my personal life, go ahead, people are going to judge me on my record."



Great interview technique from a Matt Galloway. He's a pro.

But does Ford Nation even listen to CBC Radio? I suspect not.

#TOpoli #CBC #RobFord

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This is so me...
 
The only reason I check my voicemail.
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Ikea fans: brace yourself

Ikea has killed off Expedit, leaving me sad, angry and confused | Peter Robinson

http://gu.com/p/3nxtz

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Its the End Of Days.. Or told in the Book of Revelations. Hello the rivers ran red with blood.. The earth was torn asunder... It was great tribulation to people who no longer had somewhere cool to stow their shit

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Ellen Page's speech

I've seen dozens of tweets recommending Ellen Page's speech at the HRCF conference.

I just watched it. Her nervousness gave her words more intensity. Very powerful.

#EllenPage #HRCF

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Yes.her speech.was very touching... almost convincing enough to earn her a second Oscar ;-)

BTW she is still a closet Nova Scotian. 
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Dubious Meatball

Google Search comes up with some surprising results sometimes.

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Haha. OK, I'll accept that as a possible excuse :)
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The CityTV guide to debating

I love this cartoon from Torontoist.com today.

CityTV really did a terrible job moderating the first mayoral debate. 
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I refused to watch it - just caught some highlights. Ford just kept loudly repeating his standard "subways, saved a billion dollars, 183 cranes" lies. Gord Martineau let them all yet at each other, cut them off mid sentence to go to commercials.

Rob Ford is very good at just repeating his simplistic talking points over and over and over.
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How to respond to the death of Rev. Phelps

There's been a lot written about Rev. Phelps after his death. I thought this was particularly good, especially the view of Matthew Shepard's mother.

I spoke to Matthew Shepard’s mother Judy on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of her son’s death and brought up the protest.

“Why would people go through their lives doing that?” she asked rhetorically, before offering a possible explanation.

“The depth of his hate speaks volumes. People who express that much hatred are unhappy with their own sexuality.”

I have always thought Fred Phelps was gay. Where else would such an inflamed, all-pervading obsession arise but from continually suppressed homoerotic fantasies? We hate what we can’t have. Freud identifies the defense mechanism “reaction formation” to denote those who so despise a part of their inner world that they outwardly campaign against it. Phelps is its utmost illustration.


Fred Phelps doesn't deserve your grave dancing: let's forgive and forget his hate | Patrick Strudwick

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The T-word and why we shouldn't use it

The T-word is Tranny. I always thought of it as a generally friendly word, except when being hurled as a slur by bigots. In my mind, akin to "fag" which can be sarcastic/friendly when used by gay men, or a word shouted out of car windows by teenagers uncomfortable with their own sexual maturity.

Turns out the T-word is like the N-word. This well worth a quick read.

#trans #tranny

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My take away from the op-ed is that language and behaviour are always contextual.  If you've ever heard someone complain, "It's not so much WHAT he said, but HOW he said it," you have an example.  I agree that we should be careful of what we say because it can be hurtful, even if we don't intend it to be. I also agree that there are people in the world who seem to look for a reason to be offended.  Trying not to offend them seems to me like trying to walk a minefield blindfolded in clown shoes.  Eventually something's going to go boom.  Alternatively, conversation becomes banal, sticking to "safe" subjects because we're paralyzed with the fear of "offending".   I think that openness to other perspectives and forgiveness in all corners would be helpful.  I make a mistakes and sometimes say things that can be seen as thoughtless.  If someone calmly and politely points out that they found something I said offensive, and explains why, I apologize and try to do better in future.  Of course, if they freak out and try some mini-Westboro-Baptist-Church-protest reaction it's a lot more difficult to stay calm and reasonable.  I think that most of the time, people are not making considered and blatant attacks with everything they say and, yes, sometimes the are.  In either case, a gentle introduction to an alternative perspective, without wrath or anger, can create an opportunity for growth on all sides.
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