Politics and its Discontents: From The Pens Of Editorial Cartoonists

…some Saturday afternoon wisdom: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Stupid Among Us

I was in a rather foul mood yesterday, and I think it was largely attributable to the ongoing spectacle known as Toronto civic politics. Like one sated on too much unhealthy food, I am royally sick of the disruption caused by the crimes and misdemeanours of Rob Ford and his tag team partner, brother Doug. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Uh Oh – The Big Boy’s Mad

One cannot help but wonder if Toronto’s Chief Buffoon, Rob Ford, had been ‘over served’ in some capacity (take your pick of mind/mood altering substances) before making this call to Sun reporter Joe Warmington last night. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Sometimes It Is Hard Not To Feel Smug

Many years ago, the singer Mac Davis wrote and performed a satirical song entitled “It’s Hard To Be Humble,” about a man so impressed with himself that he has no insight whatsoever into what a buffoon he really is. I sometimes think of that song when I ponder the shenanigans of Toronto’s chief magistrate, Rob ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Poke At An Easy Target

A busy day ahead of me, so I have chosen the path of least resistance for my post today. Enjoy. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Pleasures of Ford-Spotting

Were I a fully actualized human being, I would no doubt lead an exemplary life, the proud possessor of a heart filled with love for both friends and enemies. Alas, I am not such a person, and so I freely confess at the on-going delight and pleasure I take when things go awry in the ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Spirit of the People is not Dead in Toronto

For someone who believes in the potential power of the people, this small demonstration against Rob Ford’s brutish abuse of power is heartening. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Toronto Star- Another Winning Editorial Cartoon.

One of the many reason I love The Star. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Toronto’s Thuggish Mayor

The thuggish mentality of the Ford crew is captured rather nicely here, I think. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: An Elephant in the Room

I had a dream last night that Rob Ford and his brother were in my home, and everywhere they sat, the furniture broke. Could it be a metaphor for the policy impoverishment now afflicting Toronto, and accelerated by the firing of Gary Webster? But then again, I suppose a literal interpretation would not be out ...

Politics and its Discontents: Christopher Hume’s Withering Assessment of Rob Ford and His Enablers

That Ford can still find five members of council willing to do his bidding, no matter how transparently shabby it may be, also speaks volumes about the sorry state of Toronto politics. The members of this odious quintet — TTC commissioners Norm Kelly, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frank Di Giorgio, Cesar Palacio and Vincent Crisanti — shame ...

Politics and its Discontents: A ‘Dwarfish Thief’ At Toronto City Hall

For those who think Shakespeare has lost his relevance in our time, try out this quotation from Macbeth when you think of Mayor Rob Ford and his abuse of power: He cannot buckle his distempered causeWithin the belt of rule… Now minutely revolts upbraid his faith-breach.Those he commands move only in command,Nothing in love. Now ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Arrogant and The Obsequious

For those both fascinated and repelled by the abuse of power happening in Toronto, and the obsequious who make possible that abuse, I highly recommend today’s column by Royson James, who speculates on the qualities of pusillanimous appeasement that will be required in Gary Webster’s replacement. Recommend this Post