Dec 6, 2013 at 20:37:37
“The US - with their `private' healthcare system - spends more public tax dollars per capita than Canada. More than most industrialized nations. Yet they have a horrid record of deliverance of appropriate healthcare to the public. The reason? The private insurance companies that function as the for profit middlemen. That's where Rob Ford wants to take us??”
“I always felt it was crazy that the US has regulations in place that children and infant pyjamas have to be made of synthetics, or cotton that has been treated with flame retardant. I get that fire kills, but I would not want to choose to expose young babies to chemicals every night due to the one in a million chance that they would end up jumping over flames. Most people die from the smoke, not the flames, so there is limited value in this `protection'. The exposure to the chemicals is definite, and we are finally now questioning how dangerous that exposure may be.”
Ty2010 on Nov 17, 2013 at 19:26:41
“Everyone gets cancer and genetic damage so a few don't die in fires, everyone gets a much lower standard of living so a few don't lose money on Wall Street, it's government math.”
JPETERB on Nov 17, 2013 at 15:30:11
“The chemicals came first, then the market. This all happened after WW II and the US chemical munitions factories had to make and sell something quick.”
Nov 13, 2013 at 21:51:47
“Insanity. I hope that no one has the audacity to suggest that things are still running normally at City Hall. Both Fords should resign - they are making a mockery out of public office. Turn their mikes off permanently.”
Nov 12, 2013 at 08:09:32
“The Toronto media represents every reporter from every major paper who has been reporting on this story. It would be hard to find any other issue that the major papers all agree on - and they all agree he must resign. Time to take your head out of the sand and acknowledge that the emperor has no clothes. The media have been truthful all along - the same cannot be said about Rob Ford.”
techhie on Nov 12, 2013 at 14:04:59
“Read what "cinderelladressmaker" has to say. You are a victim of your credulity and reverence for the press. You answered my question quite eloquently, even if indirectly!
Nov 11, 2013 at 23:55:06
“He will cause offense wherever he goes. Regardless of what one thinks about him and his policies, the situation has made it impossible for him to do his job. If he doesn't resign, there has to be some mechanism to force a replacement so the city can function again.”
Runs from Scissors on Nov 12, 2013 at 08:55:43
“I think the city may be functioning despite Rob Ford. He's not doing the work, but others are doing it for him. He has been the driving force behind some questionable decisions like the new subway to the burbs, but he didn't make that silly decision alone. I think if he and perhaps a few other councillors were taken out of jobs for which they aren't fit, the city would function better.”
techhie on Nov 12, 2013 at 00:39:23
“Just who, besides the Toronto media, and you, says the city doesn't function?”
Nov 2, 2013 at 07:56:54
“The triumphalism is not about who broke the story - it is more about being accused of lying and then being proven truthful. The story is personal with the Toronto Star in a way that Gawker does not quite get. If only Gawker - or Gawker and another paper had broken the story, it may have played out differently. It may have been believed.
But because it was the Star, and the Star was at war with Rob Ford already, the story was doubted, and the credibility of respected journalists was put in question.
That is what makes Chief Blair's press conference so glorious for the Star. It's not about who broke it first, and it is not a sign of not giving credit to Gawker. It is about hearing the crowd roar `The emperor has no clothes' when you knew that all along.”
“Great analysis - but I have always had a completely different take on this book. I see it as a triumph of the goodness of man. It is easy to be good when everyone around you is doing the right thing, and there are systems and authority in place. But what if it was just you on a island, and everyone else turned bad? Could you still be good, and stay true to your beliefs? Ralph proves you can, and he is saved in the end.”
“Changing a diaper in the seating area of a restaurant or any type of eatery is not acceptable. Sure all places ideally should have change tables, but to be fair, Starbucks does not cater to toddlers and infants. That is not a justification for doing something that is unsanitary and offensive in odour to those paying good money to enjoy a meal or coffee in a pleasant environment.
I get offended as a customer when Tim Hortons takes out a smelly mop and cleans the floors as I am trying to eat!”
“The fact that a large portion of 20 somethings have some very disturbing views about older people, has nothing to do with Facebook. Facebook is just the median that they are choosing to express those views.
If you get an obscene telephone call, are telephones to blame?”
barkingcat on Mar 14, 2013 at 13:35:49
“I don't think that's the point the article is making -- that Facebook is "to blame" for the negative age stereotyping.
Instead, the researchers mentioned have concluded that Facebook is "is a platform for negative age stereotyping." In other words, it's a tool, not the reason.
Likewise, telephones are but a means for obscene calls, not the source for them.”
“Taunting a person by threatening to expose them to a substance that could cause them physical harm - or even lead to their death - is assault. It should be treated as such - a peanut could be used as a weapon.
What if someone were to threaten you with a needle containing the blood of an HIV positive person - how would the law treat that? Someone commented about `how will these kids survive in the adult world', but the reality is that these types of assaults are treated as crimes in the adult world. Why is a school zone any different?”
Grandma Koolfinger on Dec 24, 2012 at 12:10:23
“I know! Any kid waving a peanut at anybody should be tried for attempted murder - as an adult! When they're in that little room with nothing more than 3 hots and a cot, they'll be thinking twice, maybe three times.”
Dec 15, 2012 at 23:54:25
HuffPost Live 321
“The weapons used were NOT illegal. They were legally registered to his mother. Legal weapons kill too - and far too often. An unhinged lunatic attacked a group of children in China yesterday as well - with a knife - and guess what? No one died.”
Dec 14, 2012 at 21:40:49
HuffPost Live 321
“I wonder if these people see any irony in the fact that the guns used to commit this horror were registered to the mother of the shooter - who was a teacher at the school. How can more guns be the answer??”
ChicagoBAM on Dec 16, 2012 at 01:46:23
“His mother had no connection to the school. Early reports have been debunked and clarified. They have not stated her occupation.”
iriemon203 on Dec 15, 2012 at 20:13:34
“The mother did NOT commit this horrible act. An unhinged lunatic did. They can get illegal weapons anywhere.”
Nov 21, 2013 at 20:51:05
“I still can't understand why it took so long to make this law. It just sounds like common sense to me, and I was equally shocked and mortified when I found out that these actions were not against the law. Too many people have been victimized by this, but hopefully there will not be as many in the future.
Thank you for your efforts to bring your daughter's struggles to the country's attention, which could not have been easy. I believe that my daughter is safer today because you and other families have had the courage to speak out, and I sincerely thank you for that.”
Pffffft on Nov 26, 2013 at 13:16:33
“Although the cause is noble and good, this LAW IS NOT!!!! The old Omnibus bill has been tacked onto an issue that's close to Canadian's hearts in an effort to CON us into accepting their draconian laws and erosion of our privacy! You need to do some serious thinking, or reading if you haven't looked at that bill!”
Nov 13, 2013 at 19:52:04
“Sorry Rob Ford, but the rest of us have higher standards for our behaviour. Most people in this country would lose their jobs if they routinely engaged in binge drinking and substance abuse, especially during any official company events. A job as the Mayor of the largest city in Canada should be held to a higher standard.”
Nov 3, 2013 at 09:22:52
“They say the cover up is often worse than the crime, and I am sure that what will come out over the next few months will make smoking crack seem benign. I have heard his supporters say that if he can do that good of a job as Mayor smoking crack, then all politicians should smoke crack. Insanity.
But the fact is - he is not doing a good job as Mayor. He is not even doing his job as Mayor. A Mayor is a leader - not a down in the trenches customer service representative - however good he may be at that.
If being repeatedly publicly intoxicated is excusable because he is `so lovable' and so committed to `saving tax payer dollars', at what point will Ford Nation acknowledge that he has crossed a major line in the sand? Criminality? Domestic Abuse? Trafficking? Distracted Driving? Driving under the influence? Extortion? Murder? It's all there - now we just have to fear what's next.”
“There is so much wrong about this, and it is such a horrible tragedy.
I just can't understand why the justice system failed to act on it. I heard that the police determined that it was a `he said - she said' story, so what could they do? How can that be when there was photographic evidence?? I heard that one of the photos showed her throwing up while someone was having sex with her. Wouldn't that be proof enough that she was not in any capacity to consent??
If they couldn't determine who took the photos, don't we have laws against the distribution of child pornography that they could have used to prosecute those who were distributing the photos??”
“I agree - and it does say a lot about a lack of education. To be fair though, we are talking about a world class athlete. They aren't given any more hours in a day, but somehow had to find the time to fit in 6+ hours a day of training. He probably missed a few history classes!”
“A lifetime ban is an extreme punishment for a hand gesture that has had many different meanings and interpretations through history and throughout different cultures. We are talking about a 20 year old - meaning he was born in 1993. Hitler had been dead for close to 50 years by the time he was born.
To jump to the conclusion that he was showing support for Hitler, Fascism and all of the horrors that went along with that, is ludicrous. Especially considering that there does not appear to be other evidence linking him to these views.”
MoeB on Mar 19, 2013 at 09:53:45
“Well, has he been interviewed to clarify what his intent was when he gave that hand gesture? I'd assume if it wasn't a Hitler related thing, he'd have said so by now.”
GeneKJ on Mar 19, 2013 at 09:16:57
“Hitler may have died close to 50 years ago, but the nazi movement is still around.”
ImRightYoureALoon on Mar 19, 2013 at 08:04:35
“While I don't disagree with your sentiment, what you also imply is equally sad...
Yes, maybe Hitler and that whole terrible ordeal known as World War II that was brought about by him has been over for 50 years. But, what does it say about this person's education about history that he apparently has no clue that the salute he gives carries so much "other" meaning for many?
Personally, I don't think this guy should be banned at all!
Yes, some would consider what he did highly offensive and hurtful. But he also has the right (here in America anyway) to make an ass of himself, doesn't he?
I'm am sure many are also equally offended by the Harlem Shake, or whatever they call that rediculous "dance" (and I use that term very lightly), but do we stop it?”