Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A bully in orange clothing

I was wondering... can you charge the NDP with bullying?

Consider Struther's handling of the Jockey Club situation. Does this not a bully make?

Waltz in, threaten people, tell them you're above the law, tell everyone that you're just giving them what they deserve, and then pile your favours on to some other group while leaving that one out to dry...

Never mind what the "rules are".

And Selinger with his PST hike?

Again, the attitude of, "I make the rules so lump it", prevails. The arrogance of a bully is obvious, and they're beginning to become despised for more than being inept. People are starting to notice.

There are some differences between "Today's NDP" and your typical schoolyard bully, but not many. One is that you don't elect a bully, nor do they have terms. Basically in school, you could always stand up to the bully and bloody his nose, but that seems to be increasingly hard to do.

The Jockey Club has, and good on them. What's really smarmy is the defense run by the Government lawyer.

"There's nothing to talk about as this proposed law is not law. It may not even pass in the Legislature."

Right... like the PST? It won't be law by July 1 either, yet we hear that retailers are obliged to collect the extra percent. Is this a little like having your cake and eating it too, or is it bullying?

Well, why don't we let the "law" as proposed answer that. Bill 18 is here for you to review, and you should because you're going to have to modify your behaviour. http://web2.gov.mb.ca/bills/40-2/b018e.php

Interpretation: "bullying"
1.2(1)      In this Act, "bullying" is behaviour that
(a) is intended to cause, or should be known to cause, fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other forms of harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation or property;

Well, so far the NDP fit's the bully definition to a T. Struthers bullied, (and continues to bully) the Jockey club. But this is just an interpretation on my part, I mean is this a fair interpretation? Maybe the Act will clarify this a bit.

Characteristics and forms
1.2(2)      Bullying
(a) characteristically takes place in a context of a real or perceived power imbalance between the people involved and is typically, but need not be, repeated behaviour; 

So far that seems to check out. The NDP certainly are in a position of power, and we're seeing this as a pattern of behaviour.

So there you have it. The NDP are basically school yard bullies, telling schoolyard bullies that they need to stop being bullies... only they get to be bullies... because they make the rules... which in and of itself makes them...bullies (by their own definition).

When is the next "fixed" election? (I think "fixed election" should be re branded. In a Banana Republic like ours, it has a whole different context)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Have you driven a Ford lately?

As in, "driven him nuts"? Ford... Rob Ford.

I guess I considered creating this entry on account of a FreeP survey regarding "Who you'd like to see elected Mayor in 2014"

 http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/polls/Who-would-you-like-to-see-elected-or-re-elected-mayor-in-2014-209751181.html?c=y&pollSubmitted=y&viewResults=y&mr=1&oid=7&pid=209751181&cid=8500584

Not surprising, my favourite answer is also that of the majority. None of the above. I've posted before about how to decline your ballot Provincially, not that any one cares if you decline to vote (how do the NDP scam the vote tax off a declined ballot I wonder... change the law?).

Sorry... squirrel.

Unfortunately, the toxic arena a Mayor is getting into isn't for everyone. Consider what Rob Ford has to endure.

Sure, to an extent, he's master of his own fate. He doesn't choose to use the media, he chooses instead to alienate them. That said, the bias against him on the part of the press is extremely unprofessional as well.

Ever watch a scrum with the Press and Ford. He simply won't answer to the outrageous allegations that he's a crack smoker any more. Good idea? I dunno... but frankly if the question were asked of me publicly I may choose to do the same thing, especially if I've faced personal demons. His difficulties with alcohol are a matter of record, and he had a marijuana charge in Florida while letting go on vacation... but he shouldn't have been driving (DUI). Fact is, he's no Sunday School poster child.

Have you ever seen or met a crack smoker? I have... and it's an education. At first you're not sure about what's going on, you have trouble reading the person, but once you clue in, you see the same traits in the next crack head you meet. Crack smokers don't show up for work on a regular basis... they will steal and lie to anyone to get their next rock, they are (possibly) the least reliable people you'll ever encounter save for a Meth head. Can you really expect the public at large to believe that there's a video of him with a crack pipe in his mouth?

One would think that the media's stock value has plummeted to near zero, being purchased solely to line the bottom of the bird cage, or shredded for the hamster to use as bedding. With the unfathomable publication of a photo shopped "nude" of Ford in NOW (a free weekly paper) after his election, the tone was set. Ford closed his doors to the media, and FIPA requests were useless because the names of people he was meeting with were excluded from the schedule.

"So you wanna play huh?" is how I'd take that sort of action. I think the media would need to take that as a signal. Be fair with me, and I'll be fair with you, be unreasonable, and so will I.

Right or wrong, I can see his point. Our Mayor does the same thing, and the allegations or questions are NOT about scurrilous accusations of smoking crack by some "news" outlet called Gawker who reportedly were offered a video by some unknown, unnamed source they can no longer find, presumably because Ford has his brother shoot the guy in the head (I made that last part up... but wait, I'll bet that accusation is either coming, or is already out there).

Ford HAS commented on this accusation.

"Absolutely not true," he said outside his Etobicoke home on Friday morning. "It's ridiculous. It's another Toronto Star whatever,"

 "Anyways, like I said this morning, these allegations are ridiculous, it’s another story with respect to the Toronto Star going after me," Ford said. "And that’s all I’ve got to say for now.”

The problem is, you just can't answer a "When did you stop beating your wife?" question and win. The anti-Ford politicians (of which there are many in the left wing circus that created the likes of Layton and Chow) jump all over the unproven accusations and send everyone into a frenzy, likely resulting in some serious tension within the office.

"I think we should counter this. We should find the guy claiming to have this video."

"No. Spend your time working on what matters. We have a big city to manage."

And that conversation continues, leading to some serious frustration which culminates in someone getting fired... and why not?

If I hired you, and you work for ME and I tell you not to chase something and you continue, regardless of your intentions, you're insubordinate. You don't belong in my employ.

Well... that's a long winded post scratching the surface of why it's next to impossible to find a mayor willing to rattle the cages.

Sam came in thinking he could change things... and guess what? He learned that the unions and the pin heads run the City, NOT the Mayor. Sam shook the cage door a bit, and still drags a stick over the bars every once in a while to let the animals know that he's still the zoo keeper, but as for an outright revamp of the place, he's recognized that it's political suicide.

Bringing about real change would be mired in many years of such turmoil that nothing would ever get done, so you throw up your hands and do as much as you can.

That is NOT in the character of the person we really NEED to be mayor here, and I'm afraid that that person either:
  1. Doesn't exist, or
  2. Wouldn't subject themselves to the type of abuse they'd receive.
BTW, people in Toronto aren't that stupid. Ford still has a 42% approval rating...so what does THAT say to the media?

I know what the editor should be saying.  "FOCUS!"

Squirrel...

Update  The idea of shooting someone was published three days ago (In the Toronto Star go figure)
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/05/30/rob_ford_video_scandal_mayor_ford_said_he_knew_where_video_was_sources_say.html