Saturday, March 26, 2016

Donald Trump Winning the Battle but Losing the War?

Yesterday, the Toronto Star posted an article aptly titled "Why Donald Trump is a Historically Weak Candidate", which, unsurprisingly, explains why he may win the battle of the Republican Primaries, but at this point he is highly unlikely to win the war (the Presidential Election) to either Hilary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

 Consider, for a moment, that Trump is trailing in polls among Black and Hispanic voters to Clinton pretty much everywhere and sits third to Bernie Sanders in many states as well. The Donald even trails 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney's numbers among white voters, and we all remember how much of a smackdown Barack Obama gave Romney on election day.

 And then there are female voters. Some recent polls are showing that more than half, and as many as 70 %, of women view Donald Trump unfavorably and his latest (re)tweet attacking Ted Cruz' wife are not helping with this demographic, let me tell you.

 Even worse, Trump is trailing BOTH Clinton and Sanders in usually staunchly conservative states like Utah. If the Republican candidate can't even win Utah, how will they be able to fare even respectfully in swing states like Ohio and Florida?

 The full Toronto Star article going into this subject in more detail is posted below, just below the tweet of Donald Trump attacking Ted Cruz' wife. Someone needs to tell this guy he is doing himself no favors.


(Courtesy Twitter)

(Courtesy Toronto Star)

Why Donald Trump is a historically weak candidate

WASHINGTON—As Donald Trump racks up victories in the Republican presidential primary, breezily promising to win Democratic states like New Jersey and Michigan in the general election, it’s easy to forget just how unpopular he is with the American public. Extremely unpopular. Historically unpopular. Trump has managed to attract thousands of new voters. But he has repulsed…

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

On Rebel Media: What Decade are they Living in? The 20's???

I was recently watching John Oliver clips on Youtube and  few clips from Rebel Media popped up. I had heard of Rebel Media and vaguely had an idea that they were white, male, right-wing blowhards waiting for the 1950's to spring up again, and boy was I right. After a quick minute of research, I realized that this is the new forum for all the former Sun News Network hacks to ooze their slanted, hate-filled bile on the world. Figures. Oh...wait...now I remember hearing something about them being banned from NDP events in Alberta for a short time for being all kinds of crazy.

Take, for example, Gavin McInnes' take on single moms. He claims that men don't and shouldn't have time to get children ready for school because that is the domain of the 'single mom', who will have nothing to do all day when dad is at work but pick her nose. Hmm...so no women work these days? It's the man's job alone to be the bread winner and mom's can't work or else the kid will be left to fend for themselves? What about the vast majority of families where both parents work these days? Holy mother of... The video is below, if you want to see for yourself. Oh, and near the end he gets into the idea that dad's are better than making rules than moms and that adopting a kid as a single mom is child abuse. Very often one dedicated parent is just as or more successful raising kid(s) than 2 parents who neglect the child(ren) or fight and are bitter all the time.









The second video, entitled Racism Doesn't Exist, made me even angrier. Gavin Mcinnis is at it again, trying to claim that racism doesn't exist, or is so statistically rare that it's irrelevant. Tell that to Treyvon Martin, Michael Brown and Syrian refugees who are trying to find a safe place to live where bombs aren't threatening to destroy their homes and lives every second. That is not the same as an air conditioner falling on your head. He goes on to say that black guys get more 'poon' than white guys, which is supposed to make everything else even or ok? O...K...Next, Mr. McInnis decides to say that he has a slight aversion to people of different races when he first meets them and says women have emotional breakdowns when he talks to them (I wonder why?). Carrying on, McInnis calls 'the gays' 'literally abnormal' for 'taking a penis your butt' and takes about gay men having 'eightsomes'. Do I need to go into the plethora of reasons why these comments are homophobic, misogynistic and outright offensive? His main point this almost 8 minute rant is that we have much worse biases than 'our natural tiny little saran wrap layer of racism, sexism and homophobia' and goes on to site astrology and getting divorced when you have a 1 year old child as examples. Does anyone on the planet think that these personal biases are nearly as dangerous or prevalent as racism, sexism or homophobia? I am going to have to go back and look at the stats to see the last time someone was killed because the killer didn't like their sign. I'm going to need to bang my head of a wall and listen to some Henry Rollins to clear my head of this utter tripe!

Watch the videos for yourself and see if you find them as worthy of derision and ripping your ears off as I do. Please, make the madness stop!!

Monday, February 29, 2016

John Oliver Calls out Trump (Drumpf)...Bazinga!!!

Well, many have tried to get different mud to stick on Donald Trump for the last several months. Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson couldn't do it. Many in the centre and on the left have failed thus far, as Trump is poised to clean up on Super Tuesday in the United States and cruise to the Republican Presidential nomination.

...But then John Oliver chose to get involved. And he finally brought with him cold hard facts to wipe that smug grin off the millionaire's face. You can watch the video below.

John Oliver on Donald Trump


Oliver is not afraid to call Trump out on flip-flopping more than a beached whale, racist tendencies, failed businesses (Trump Steaks anyone?) and his lack of actual grit and toughness. I believe he could have hit home on his proposed policies towards Muslims and his Facist ideas, but he did get into what he needed to for the most part.

I appreciate that Trump was called out for not disavowing former KKK leader David Duke, but I believe that Trump knew he couldn't outwardly shun racists when they form so much of his base of support (see: Tea Party).

American news outlet Vox.com has a fairly detailed article covering Oliver's Trump bashing at this link.  After watching and reading all of this, will you be able to look at Donald J. Trum....I mean Drumpf...in the same way ever again? (Yes, Drumpf was his original family name).

I am not a huge fan of Hilary Clinton, but if she is the best option to make sure this lunatic never gets near the Whitehouse, I am all for it.

I long for the opportunity to hear Vince McMahon say, just one more time in his trademark way, to Donald Trump, on the day of his losing the Republican nomination or presidential election, his glorious phrase: "Donald Trump...Youuuuuuurrrrrrr'eeeee Fiiiiirrrrreeeeeddddd!!!"

Monday, February 08, 2016

Daniel Bryan Set to Retire

It is with a heavy heart that I report to you, dear reader, that Daniel Bryan's sports entertainment career as an active wrestler is over. Pwinsider.com is reporting that Bryan is set to retire due to lingering health concerns. Daniel's Twitter account confirms the news:




Daniel Bryan won over fans with his infectious, everyman personality and expert technical wrestling skills. He is a professional wrestler who won over fans so much that they forced Vince and Co. to make him WWE Champ even though Mr. McMahon thought we was too small to carry the top belt and the company on his back. He proved his harshest critics wrong and was so over that other faces (ahem, Roman Reigns) were booed out of arenas when they defeated him.

I understand that his health comes first. He is making a choice I would also make, as he wants to live to be able to pick up his future kids and play with them. I wish him all the best in his post-wrestling life.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Henry Rollins: Big Think

Hello dear reader! I just came across some Henry Rollins (incredible musician, actor, lyricist, public speaker and punk god!!)  Big Think videos on Youtube and wanted to share them. They are a few years old, but incredibly relevant still today.

The short pieces go into gay marriage, racism, education and job outsourcing, to name but a few areas. He also echos my opinions very closely: racism is outdated adn juvenile, gay marriage is feared by uninformed overly religioso types, educated 20-somethings are struggling because most good jobs have been shipped overseas and our society won't be successful until employment opportunities are brought back.

Mr. Rollins is specifically talking about America, but his ideas can be applied to Canada and Europe almost seamlessly. I would love to hear your thoughts on some of these issues, too.

Anyway, on to the videos (credit to the original uploaders, BBC and Big Think!!)


Racism
 


 Gay Marriage



Education and the job market Henry



Rollins on BBC Hardtalk

Monday, October 19, 2015

VOTE!!!

In a tight election that will greatly alter the face of Canada, it is important that everyone eligible to vote goes out and does it.

If you are afraid that you are not informed enough to know who to choose, go to CBC's Vote Compass and find out which party is most in line with your views and vote for them. It's the least you can do when there is so much at stake this time: our environment, our economic health/future, First Nations rights, our future as a progressive, peaceful nation.

I am not going to tell you who I am voting for. The point here is not to sway, but to inform.

Good luck tonight Canada!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hulk Hogan released by WWE over racist comments

If Hogan Knows Best, his divorce and his sex tape didn't tarnish Terry Bollea's (aka Hulk Hogan) image in the minds of lifelong fans, this latest scandal is likely to do the trick.

Several sources, including TMZ and Pwinsider.com are reporting that Hulk Hogan was released/fired by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) late last night for using racist language in a taped conversation. TMZ claims to have seen his sex tape, which includes Hulk Hogan admitting that he is a "little bit racist" and that he didn't like his daughter's current boyfriend partly because he is black.

Obviously WWE has seen the tape themselves or believe that these reports are true because they wasted no time in dumping Hogan, arguably the most famous man in wrestling history, once they caught wind of the comments.

Here are links to the story from Pwinsider.com and TMZ. You can get more details from them.

http://pwinsider.com/article/95381/updated-at-1029-am-wwe-fired-hogan-immediately-comments-on-hogans-release-the-reason-hulk-hogan-is-gone-from-wwe-and-he-wont-be-coming-back-any-time-soon-if-ever.html?p=1

http://pwinsider.com/article/95374/updated-914-am-hulk-hogan-removed-from-wwe.html?p=1


http://www.tmz.com/2015/07/24/hulk-hogan-wwe-website-removed-n-word/



This is indeed a sad day my fellow wrestling fans.   :(

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Going To Work | FIFA sponsors must tell Qatar to play fair on workers' human rights (Now With Video)





The upcoming World Cup in Qatar has already received a lot of negative press for a multitude of reasons, human rights not being the least of such concerns.



The link below leads to a Trade Union Congress page where activists are campaigning to the sponsors of the 2022 World Cup to demand that Qatar clean up their act and protect the lives of the workers who will make the event possible. After all, 62 workers dying for each game played at the World Cup is too many. One dying at all is too many.



Click the link to find out more and get involved. More information from the Trade Union Congress campaign page is posted below the link.





Going To Work | FIFA sponsors must tell Qatar to play fair on workers' human rights



The Hypocrisy World Cup? FIFA sponsors must tell Qatar to play fair on workers' human rights

62 workers may lose their lives for each game played during Qatar’s 2022 World Cup, a tournament likely to be sponsored by FIFA partner companies Coke, VISA, McDonald’s, Adidas, Kia and Hyundai. Without sponsorship, this multi-billion dollar tournament couldn’t take place.


Due to poor health & safety, shocking living conditions and almost total absence of rights, more than 4,000 of Qatar’s workers will die before the first ball is kicked. Hundreds have already died through a combination of accidents, heart attacks and suicide. Because of Qatar’s laws, migrant workers are trapped with a single employer, barred from changing jobs or even leaving the country without permission.

Wages are paid sometimes months late, leaving trapped workers starving. Labour courts are costly and complicated, with little language assistance, and workers are banned from forming or joining trade unions to negotiate better conditions.  

There has been almost no pressure from FIFA to fix this, nor have sponsors taken a stand, despite their professed commitment to human rights and workers’ welfare.

Most sponsors commit themselves to respecting the UN Declaration of Human Rights – which guarantees the right to join a union - and have specific policies banning forced labour and slavery in their supply chains. However, none of them seem to have considered that paying FIFA to host a tournament built on slave labour goes against everything they claim to believe in.

As a customer or potential customer of these multinational companies, can you help us pressure them to live up to their own ethical standards in how they spend their sponsorship funding?

We know money talks in FIFA. If one of these sponsors were to speak up it would be hugely influential in guiding FIFA and Qatar into ensuring that labour standards for people preparing the country to host the World Cup meet international standards of safety, decency and human rights.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Is the New Citizenship and Immigration guide 'racist'?

Perusing the websites of local newspapers this morning, a few articles got my attention, but none piqued my curiosity like this gem from the Toronto Star:


http://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2015/05/19/immigration-guide-for-detecting-marriage-fraud-called-racist-and-offensive.html


The article is discussing a new Citizenship and Immigration training guide that details "look fors" that immigration officials should pay attention to when assessing whether to accept a spousal sponsorship application is legit. or a scam to get someone "legally" into Canada. Some of what the document suggest they notice as signs of a scam can easily be seen as offensive, bizarre and possibly even racist.

Some of the most highlight-worthy items, according to The Toronto Star, are listed below:



INDICATORS OF A ‘NON-GENUINE’ MARRIAGE

  • University-educated Chinese nationals marrying non-Chinese.
  • Photos without parents or any family members, just a small group of friends. 
  • Private marriage ceremony performed by either a minister or justice of the peace.
  • Informal reception in a restaurant. 
  • Sponsor is uneducated, with a low-paying job or on welfare. 
  • The couple do not kiss on the lips in photos. 
  • Couples who do not have a honeymoon, not even a couple of days away, usually because of university and/or no money. 
  • There are no “diamond” rings. 
  • Wedding photos done professionally but pictures are very limited. 
  • Some submit photos dressed in pajamas or cooking, to show they are living together. 
  • Photos have them wearing the same clothes in various locations. 
  • Are they touching each other in the photos, or trying not to touch? 
  • Photos of activities taken in the Niagara Falls area, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto. 

Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada training guide




So, let me get this straight. If a Chinese person comes here for school and falls in love with someone non-Chinese, that is automatically a red flag? Or because you have a small wedding with friends, the government has reason to be suspicious? And boy, oh boy, if I were from Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake I wouldn't be particularly pleased with this list.

I am not suggesting that scams never happen or that some of these can't be red flags in conjunction with other evidence in certain situations, but most of these on their own don't paint a clear picture of a "non-genuine" marriage. Not kissing on the lips in a photo? Are you kidding me? What does that mean for people who are uncomfortable with PDA or what if someone comes from a culture where you don't often kiss in pictures?

"Racist", "bizarre" and "concerning" are just three words I would use to describe this document based on what I have read so far. Hopefully enough public backlash will lead to positive change in this government document.