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Extra, Extra: Raptorizing, Smitherman’s Grow-Op, and a Defiant Toronto Star

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  • The Raptors may be one game down in their playoff matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, but they’re by no means out. Some people are now belatedly jumping on the Raptors bandwagon; other people are the bandwagon, and have invented words like “Raptorize,” because their lives cannot be described without new Raptors-related verbs.
  • Former provincial health minister and mayoral hopeful George Smitherman is teaming up with a former deputy police chief and a Markham pharmacist for a bid to establish a licensed marijuana grow-op in Uxbridge—perhaps charting a path other former mayoral hopefuls and/or former mayors will follow in future.
  • “Of course they raid the Star … where else are they going to look?” That appears to be the somewhat combative, somewhat defensive subject line of the memo distributed by Star editor Michael Cooke in response to the Globe‘s poaching of sports columnist Cathal Kelly and City Hall reporter Robyn Doolittle. “Our competitors have woken up after five years of slumber and are coming after our best people,” he continues, “and in some cases are successful in luring them away.” Beware, remaining Star reporters! Every dark corner and unsolicited email might conceal a newly roused Globe operative poised to give you a sweet, sweet deal.

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  • SonuvaScrimbro

    Boy, I bet Ford is really regretting burning that bridge with Smitherman now…

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      Well played!

  • OgtheDim

    Looks like the Star just woke up from a decade of taking its staff for granted, at least in public.

    • dsmithhfx

      Or the globe needs to stop hemoraghing readers, at any price.

      • TheSotSays

        Unfortunately, the proper spelling for your little word is, “haemorrhaging.”

        • mixandserve

          Grammar twat AND spelling nanny?

          Your parents must be proud.

          • OgtheDim

            He’s got nothing left but acting like this.

            A troll more to be pitied then read.

          • bobloblawbloblawblah

            Who would’ve figured Dave From Scarborough was a school marm?

        • Notcleverguy

          Actually it’s “hemorrhaging”, what a total fail on your part Sot, but no one is surprised.

          • TheSotSays

            Actually it’s not, because here in Canada the standard reference is OED, it’s not the KGB Fact Book.

          • dsmithhfx

            Actually I used the android spelling. When you have a market cap of $400-billion, you can misspell any fucking way you want.

            Amiright, Sotty?

          • TheSotSays

            Anyone NDP who uses pretentious words with poor grammar and poor spelling is always right.

          • dsmithhfx

            “Anyone NDP”

            So I’m off the hook, then. Phew!

          • TheSotSays

            “Phew!” – what on earth does that mean pray tell?
            It’s not a new pet name for Kathloon McWhinntie, is it?

          • Notcleverguy

            Actually you were just as wrong about hemorrhaging. Here in Canada we use the Oxford Canadian dictionary, not the Oxford English dictionary as you claimed, if we used the English dictionary we would spell “curb” as “kerb” and “tire” as “tyre”, but we don’t.
            Do you ever get tired of being wrong……………or annoying.

          • TheSotSays

            Definition of curb in English:
            curb

          • Notcleverguy

            So you don’t get tired of being wrong and annoying, you could have just written “no”.

          • vampchick21

            You’ll have to make allowances for his special little brain. He struggles with the concept of the difference between spelling and definition.

          • TheSotSays

            Even if true that’s a lot better than what you’re struggling with.

          • Notcleverguy

            She doesn’t appear to be struggling with anything.
            Seriously, you’ve made an ass of yourself by accusing anyone who doesn’t back cracky Mcgee with a specific political party, all the while being a major annoyance.
            Try to let that sink in, so maybe you can avoid being a social faux pas in the future.

          • TheSotSays

            “She doesn’t appear to be struggling with anything.”

            Well chief everything is relative and I’m sure that compared with what you’re dealing with she’s almost normal.

          • OgtheDim

            Dealing with would be Rob’s issue it seems…..

          • TheSotSays

            I’m sorry chief you have a problem and it has something to do with your sentence structure, your diction and your grammar. And it makes you basically incoherent.

            So why don’t you take a kindergarten refresher or some ESL and come back when your ready.

          • Notcleverguy

            As a native Canadian, flippantly calling me “chief” is quite offensive.

          • TheSotSays

            Well we know you’re having serious difficulty with the English language including the spelling and definition of words. The standard reference is OED, so:

            Chief
            English
            Noun

            a) A leader or ruler of a people or clan
            b) The head of an organization, a union chief
            c) An informal reference to a man, especially one of superior rank or status

            Nevertheless I can understand that being that being a dysfunctional Chow supporter you would be sensitive about being looked at as a superior being.

          • OgtheDim

            I get the feeling the only thing vampchick is struggling with today is looking at more cat videos vs. getting out on a patio somewhere

            How are the Cayman Islands btw?

          • vampchick21

            With today’s fancy new technology, I can do both! CAT VIDEOS ON THE PATIO!!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

          • nomoremicrophones

            IS THERE NO END TO YOUR EVIL LAUGHTER?!!

          • vampchick21

            Nope!

          • dsmithhfx

            Good word. Rob is going to be kicked to the curb.

          • TheSotSays

            Well he’s going to be re-elected first so you better get Clayton Ruby all greased up for another round.

          • dsmithhfx

            Nope. He’s losing big time.

          • TheSotSays

            a) To the marxist NDP, ideology means more than people.
            b) People to NDP ideologists are inventory and fodder, their views are worthless.

            Everyone knows this and that’s why Rob Ford is going to win in October.

          • dsmithhfx

            The NDP are a non-issue. Ford is going down. Chow’s doin’ the beat down. Simple math. Simple enuf 4u? Maybe not.

          • TheSotSays

            Chow’s doing the what? I’m sorry Mr Poostbate but you need to work harder on making yourself coherent.

            Nevertheless Chow at MP expenses of $530,000 is going no where. The average Canadian, if he’s working, earns about $38,000. We’ve needed the entire salary of about 14 Canadians just to feed your ridiculous candidate.

          • vampchick21

            One is American, the other is British. Both are actually correct.

            The troll is still a troll though.

          • TheSotSays

            And a bug pulled from someone’s behind is still a tasty morsel. Right?

  • TheSotSays

    This discussion of George Smitherman wanting to have a grow- op seems to have excited the entire trolling contingent of NDP councillor office staff at City Hall. Shouldn’t you people be at work?

    • Notcleverguy

      Again with the idiotic party affiliation assumptions.

      How dumb a person do you intend on being?

      • TheSotSays

        NDP Troller’s Handbook – Page 73

        Item 1: When all other Handbook talking points have failed and are being ridiculed take the following step:

        a) Tell them you hate the NDP, that you’ve bent over backwards for months supporting Ford but that he’s turned so bad you can no longer stand it.

        b) You can tell them anything and they’ll believe it.

        • dsmithhfx

          It makes sense you’d write some crude “Troller’s Handbook” in green crayon on your mother’s kitchen table, and blame “the NDP”. That’s how you roll, saddo.

          • TheSotSays

            ♫♪ Election 2014 ♫♪

            Olivia grabs tax and I don’t care,
            Olivia grabs tax and I don’t care,
            Olivia grabs tax and I don’t care,
            No votes is goin her way.

          • dsmithhfx

            Olivia’s not been elected. Yet. Tell us about Rob Ford’s billion$$$ tax grab. That’s very real. That’s $1500 dollars in new taxes per household.

            Courtesy of Rob Ford, tax-and-spend liar and hypocrite. We need Chow to stop that. Ford waste, Ford gravy, Rob Ford. Stop. Him. Chow.

          • TheSotSays

            Your buddy Chow at MP expenses of $530,000 is going no where. The average Canadian, if he’s working, earns about $38,000. We’ve needed the entire salary of about 14 Canadians just to feed your ridiculous candidate.

            This tax grab of Ford that you’ve screamed out at YOURSELF, a billion times, does not exist.

          • dsmithhfx

            Chow will end Ford’s gravy train and tax grab in October. Let him spend all he wants in out of town re-election fundraising, paid for by taxpayers here. Taxpayer-funded jobs for his criminal friends, his $4,000 toy fire truck, his $100 bobble heads, his billion$$$ subway. He’s still toast. Fini. Over.

          • TheSotSays

            Your buddy Chow at MP expenses of $530,000 is going no where. The average Canadian, if he’s working, earns about $38,000. We’ve needed the entire salary of about 14 Canadians just to feed your ridiculous candidate.

          • dsmithhfx

            If you want to reform Parliament, be my guest. But unlike Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, Chow did nothing wrong or illegal.

            Rob Ford, on the other hand, is under criminal investigation.

            You can fantasize all you want about misdeeds you wish you could ascribe to Chow. Ford’s are a matter of public record.

            So, he loses in October.

          • TheSotSays

            “Ford’s are a matter of public record.”

            Yes, and they should not be. The OPP walked away from this because there is nothing but NDP clap trap from an NDP appointed police chief.

            And that is Chicago Style Sewer Politics brought to us by the Toronto Branch NDP. It’s intolerable and I shall place my votes with the intention of flushing the NDP away.

            The NDP had the opportunity to capitalize on their dirty Chicago style sewer politics but they picked a spectacularly dud, tax plundering candidate to pull it off. You better call Mihevic and ask him to find you a job pouring cement because it’s over in October.

          • dsmithhfx

            Are you saying a politician should not be subject to police scrutiny of public criminal activities and associations? Sorry, but corruption is not a good thing.

        • rich1299

          Your lack of political nuance explains your diehard support for Rob Ford quite well since he has none of it either. Its like you’re “two kindred spirits” who don’t understand how municipal politics works. There are no political parties at city hall though there are some politicians who believe in similar things but that makes them ideological allies not political parties.

          Ford has been such a disgrace as mayor that city councillors from all over the political spectrum from right wing to centrist to left wing and everyone in between voted to strip him of his city council given mayoral powers. It had to be done since Ford refused to do the right thing for Toronto and resign. Its been clear since his councillor days that Rob Ford is in it for Rob Ford and he couldn’t care less about Toronto. He even refused to work with his ideological allies since it wasn’t about accomplishing anything other than getting himself as much attention as possible and it didn’t matter if it was the good kind or the bad kind.

          To repeat myself, every councillor from all over the political spectrum voted to strip Rob Ford of as many mayoral powers as possible. If they could’ve tossed him out of the mayor’s office they would’ve done so. Instead they gave his former mayoral powers to the deputy mayor, who was hand picked by Ford btw but even he could no longer tolerate Ford’s many disgraces. It wasn’t just those who would likely support the NDP provincially or federally it was also those who would likely support the Cons, the Libs, the Greens, or any other political party.

          Its hardly surprising that Toronto citizens who support all political parties, not just the NDP, also want to see Ford made the former mayor of Toronto ASAP. Its not because of any political ideology but because they, unlike Ford and Ford Nation, actually care about the city they live in and want a mayor who cares about it too and not just themselves.

          • TheSotSays

            The most interesting thing about this forum is that it consists of 5 or 6 leftoid trolling names and nothing else. All these names have the same writing style and all deny that they belong to the NDP.

            I’ve been studying the left activist trolling phenomenon for the last 2 or 3 years and this is the goofiest thing I’ve seen yet. So congratulations.

            How’s the free tuition enrolment going over at “The Jack Layton School of Political Activists?”

          • dsmithhfx

            You forgot “Marxist”.

          • TheSotSays

            How’s the free tuition enrolment going over at “The Jack Layton School of Political Activists?”

          • dsmithhfx

            Good plan. I think Rob can manage a shovel. Just.

          • TheSotSays

            The wager was this:
            a) he’ll be 15 minutes late getting to his City Hall cubicle
            b) as soon as he gets a coffee we should hear claptrap from him by 9.30

            So good work fxytoots, I just won 10 bucks. Thanks.

        • OgtheDim

          Somebody doesn’t quite understand the definition of troll.

          • TheSotSays

            Hey Poosty, welcome welcome. How about sticking your tongue out for us?

            In fact why don’t you get hold of Chicklet and give us a duet.