Algonquin Highlands Open Mike

Open MikeWe're headed to a cottage in the Algonquin Highlands for the weekend. It's been awhile since I've cottaged.

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Ben Vidal

The battle with the raccoons is over. 3 for Ben 0 for Raccoons.

No raccoon turd for a week now. Now digging in my garden.

Catch and release all the way.

Life is good.

Oh and I'm 1st

August 9, 2013 @ 9:32 AM

Argie

@ Ben
I hope you're in a better mood now.

August 9, 2013 @ 9:37 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie

I'm a very happy guy. Your well wishes are appreciated.

I still think your suggestion of all the regular posters meeting at Mike's for a Beer is an excellent idea. I think outside of 3 possible different views on the world, you and I would probably get along.

August 9, 2013 @ 9:46 AM

Lorne

Haven't heard back from Master Chef, and since the auditions are this weekend, I assume I won't. I guess my applicaiton video was too "cooking" and not enough "reality show". =)

August 9, 2013 @ 9:48 AM

Argie

I know I'm going to be attacked for this post but what the hell.....

For the past week or so, I've noticed every day in the news that some clueless person (celebrity or politician ) is suggesting they move the upcoming winter Olympics from Russia to perhaps Whistler BC. Of course, the reason being Russia's new anti-gay propaganda laws. I don't know all of the details but they're not outlawing homosexuality (like certain middle eastern countries we all know and love) but simply outlawing the spread of gay propaganda.

Anyway, where was the media and these clueless people in 2008 when effing China was hosting the Olympics? I guess its OK to oppress a few billion people in one country but God forbid you restrict the rights of a few in Russia.

I'm no fan of Russia or Putin but obviously this shows the power of issue of gay rights in the western world. Again, everyone should have equal rights but while Russia may be wrong to impose these laws, China was and still is a much greater threat to their citizens' civil rights. Am I wrong here?

August 9, 2013 @ 9:50 AM

Mississauga Phil

Carrying this over from last open Mike cause it needs to be said.

@ Ben - Okay buddy. I've been nothing but polite to you, but here's the score.

I have gay friends, I've been to a civil union ceremony and danced at the reception after. I have signed petitions to allow gay adoption.

However, I have also dealt with massive assholes who's define their own life by their sexuality and spew venom at anyone that isn't like them. That makes them as bad as the people they say keep them down. The fact that most of those douchebags I've met happen to have worked in the restaurant industry may be an aberration, or it may not.

But by making an asshole statement that my experiences in life count for nothing makes you a worse douche than you accuse Argie of being (I'm not calling you a douche Argie). Get off your damn high horse, participate in the conversation as opposed to just waiting for your turn to speak. I never said every gay man in the restaurant industry is like that, In simply said the majority of gay folks that I've met who act like that are working in said industry.

I'm one of the few men on this site that will stand up for gay rights every time, and maybe you shouldn't work so hard to alienate folks like me.

August 9, 2013 @ 9:50 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

It's simple math. Two wrongs don't make a right!

August 9, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Lorne

Next time, record topless.

August 9, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - but you can see Argie's point right? I don't share his views on homosexuality, but there is a bit of hypocrisy there in picking a choosing which human rights violations we protest.

August 9, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Phil: You can't use your life experience as a barometer for the whole situation about gay servers. It's your experience yes, which to you is important, but as an indicator for the whole it means nothing as it can't be scientifically quantified
I commend you for all the support you provide. Please go back to the last open mike post. At two plus instances I asked you a question which you never answered. If someone does that to you, you tend to lose it or going on the defensive saying you never addressed what I said.

I don't work hard to alienate you. There have been other instances where I agree with you, or have defended you. I can refresh your memory if you would like.

@ Argie: I believe the uproar came from a couple of things to do with this new bill.

1) I believe it was the gentleman who drafted the bill, indicated that Olympians would not be exempt from the draconian law that Russia has passed. This part also indicates that police are to arrest tourists and foreign nationals they suspect of being gay or "pro gay". It is the second part that criminalizes homosexual propaganda" broadly defined as any pro gay advocacy or statement

2) The problem is the crackdown on gay people currently occuring in Russia. Beatings of gay people are ignored by authorities. Which in turn means they actually endorse it. Further to this is the fact that many videos are being posted of hazings and beatings on individuals they know or believe to be gay. Even setup gay days where individuals are tricked into coming out, they then are beaten humiliated and their name and information posted.

I don't disagree with you about China. I don't think the Olympics should have been there either. you have to realize how much of a sleazy corporation the Olympics is. I would consider them worse than Monsanto. To them it's all about dollars and cents, they care nothing about the host country or it's policies.

August 9, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Mississauga Phil

Sure, but there was chatter about boycotting the China Olympics just as there is now regarding the Russia Olympics.

The fact is they won't be moving these Olympics, nor will there be a boycott. This isn't talk from the IOC or official Olympic committees.

Personally, I'd like to see Russia host these games but be banned from competing. It will never happen, but it would make the loudest point.

August 9, 2013 @ 10:16 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Phil: Then it's up to other rights groups and governments to have protested China's Olympics right? Everyone rolled over for China instead of standing their ground.

August 9, 2013 @ 10:17 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Ben - I have reread the last open Mike and I honestly don't see a question you asked that I didn't answer. If you'd like to repeat it I'll be happy to answer.

And no, I'm not saying you always try to alienate me, quite the contrary, you and I usually agree, but when you say things like:

As for Phil's massive generalization comment of having worked with gay people in the restaurant industry, it actually counts for nothing. We all know if it's what you've experienced then it must be true of all circumstances.....

or

I care nothing for other servers. I care about the treatment the ones in question received. There are bad, straight servers all over the place. So your point is moot. I don't need generalization from you Phil.

To say that my opinion or life experiences count for nothing comes off as condescending. I never said all gay servers are like that, I said the majority of gay folks who act that way, that I HAVE KNOWN, happen to be servers.

Once more, my point was that there are members of the gay community (just as in muslin, Christian, Hetro) who do and say stupid shit that makes it harder for the rest of said community.

If a hetro guy does something really ignorant and I pop him one in the jaw, I might get brought up on assault charges. If a gay guy does the same thing and I pop him one in the jaw, he probably starts crying hate crime. Despite the fact that the reason I hit him had nothing to do with being gay and everything to do with him being and idiot (this is a hypothetical, I haven't been in a fight since my late teens)

August 9, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

Argie

"you have to realize how much of a sleazy corporation the Olympics is. I would consider them worse than Monsanto. To them it's all about dollars and cents, they care nothing about the host country or it's policies"

Amen to that. You can also add FIFA to that sleazy group.

August 9, 2013 @ 11:02 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: yes add FIFA. Not a big soccer fan are you haha.

August 9, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

Cheryl

I had a few voice recognition reports today. Boy, they sucked. Lots of mistakes in them. It's actually more work to correct and edit than it is to type. I got so frustrated with the last one that I just deleted the whole thing and straight typed it. Oh well, the hospitals think it saves money. I don't think so.

August 9, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

4x4 Time

I live in Canada, am a Canadian and respect the laws of human rights we have. Everyone should be treated equally in this country, and for the most part we are I would think. There will always be argument over what is right and wrong, but we live within laws that we as citizens have agreed to through the democratic process.

I don’t live in Russia, but Russia is allowed to make its own laws on gay rights just like other African continent and Islamic countries. Just because it isn't seen as politically correct or liberal like it seems everything has to be nowadays doesn't mean they aren't allowed to do it. It seems the Russians do not want to adopt gay rights like most other western countries. I am certainly not condoning what Russia is doing, but within their borders and current laws, they have that right. You live in or visit Russia, you deal with these laws or move or do not visit.

The beatings and crackdown on gay people in Russia is revolting and being ignored by policing authorities is disgraceful, if not a criminal act on its own. This is a sad commentary on Russia. If you are a gay Olympic athlete or tourist you have a very serious decision to make, one you should not have to make in this day and age.

There will forever be minority groups of some kind calling for boycotts of all world events against every country, driven by media saturation and ridiculous public comments by overrated useless “celebrities”.

Bottom line for me is I have no desire to ever visit Russia. I hope this issue put’s world pressure on Russia to see how outdated their thinking is, but I am not holding my breath.

August 9, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

Argie

@ Ben
Actually I love soccer. Man U and England all the way!

August 9, 2013 @ 11:16 AM

Al The Royal Pain

<break from the debate>
Tomorrow night, the Royal Pains return to the scene of the Stanley Cup festivities of 2 weeks ago to once again play @ The Pattie House in Coboconk. If anyone is planning on being in the area, come on by and introduce yourself, I'll be the guy doing most of the singing.
http://theroyalpainsband.com/

And now back to your regularly scheduled arguing...
</break from the debate>

August 9, 2013 @ 11:37 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ 4x4 - Well said. Half the US's problems over the years have resulted form them trying to tell other countries what to do. However, don't we, and a civilized society, have the obligation to at least attempt to change injustices happening on this planet we share. I'm not talking about our governments stepping in, that can lead to wars. I mean us as "common" people. Should we not speak out over injustices we see?

August 9, 2013 @ 11:41 AM

4x4 Time

@Mississauga Phil - Absolutely, we have every right, and in a lot of instances should speak up as citizens over what we perceive as political or human injustices. We just need to be aware and reserved to the fact we may not see "injustices" in the same light as others and that hitting our head against a brick wall may likely be an outcome.

August 9, 2013 @ 11:48 AM

Afkai

Argie there was lots of anti Chinese olympic stuff. Youve just forgot about it.

August 9, 2013 @ 11:54 AM

Jenny

Looking forward to your visit Mike, and meeting the family.
Just an FYI----we are not a "clothing optional" beach!! :)
Safe travels.

August 9, 2013 @ 11:59 AM

Wayner

Speaking of Russia… I found it highly suspect that Snowden has applied for asylum there. Despite his lofty and high minded goals he seems to have selected one of the most secretive and repressive regimes of all time to call home.

Where one could have admired his political stance on privacy and the right know they now seem irrelevant.

August 9, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

Liz

Okay boys and girls - get your credit cards out. It's time to step up and thank Mike for hosting us here. Take a minute to scroll down to his Terry Fox posting and make a donation. The guy doesn't ask us for anything. Time now to say thanks by way of a donation, however small.

So, yes?

August 9, 2013 @ 12:29 PM

4x4 Time

@ Al The Royal Pain - Have a good gig dude, I will be checking out The Ramblin Band Saturday at Joe Dogs in Burlington. Lot's of old classic rock and nice mix of Allman Brothers and Blues!...Great weekend to get out and support live music folks, you will have a great time, and the musicians appreciate it!

August 9, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Icarus

Argie - can you clarify what you think 'gay propaganda' is?

(I've never seen any, they must not be any good at it)

August 9, 2013 @ 12:37 PM

Ben Vidal

@ 4x4: Joe Dogs is always good on Saturday for live entertainment. I never understand the basement they have there. They try to be all rock and roll and then have an obnoxious little club going on downstairs. What do they call that now I think it's Fuel? I could be wrong. I believe they even charge money to enter that part of the building.

August 9, 2013 @ 12:40 PM

4x4 Time

@ Ben Vidal - Here ya, the basement base thumping is annoying upstairs during band breaks. It is funny though at around midnight seeing the drunk girls made up to the nines staggering around upstairs
Looking forward to the Ramblin Band again, saw them a few weeks ago at The Dickens, pretty good tight band.

August 9, 2013 @ 1:02 PM

Al The Royal Pain

@4x4 Time

Have fun tomorrow and thanks for supporting live music! I'll have to check out Joe Dogs and see if they have any opennings for new bands, with perhaps a little more current material :).

August 9, 2013 @ 1:07 PM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

Have you heard the fair4canada.com ads that are running this week. Bell, Rogers and Telus are doing a full court press, trying to convince Canadians that Verizon in Canada is a bad deal.

Shakespeare said it best,
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks."

With Bell earning a profit of $2.7 billion last year; Rogers $1.7 billion; and Telus $1.3 billion, it's pretty clear why they don't want to let Verizon into the sandbox. And their telling me it's my interests they're looking out for?
PLEASE!!

August 9, 2013 @ 1:12 PM

AFKAI

@Wayner

Snowden didn't choose asylum in Russia, he was offered it. He made repeated attempts to go elsewhere but whenever a country offered they were stymied by the United States Government.

As for Snowden as far as I'm concerned he did nothing wrong. In fact he is the epitome of a "patriot". Government surveillance is a DIRECT attack on the the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution. A citizen should stand up and speak out against a government which openly attacks the constitution. You can bet shit would hit the fucking fan if Obama did the same thing to American gun owners. Take note that neither Obama nor the Republican party speaks up against this. The only politicians who have spoken up are Ron and Rand Paul, a father and son Libertarian team.

Truth is Obama and this witch hunt for Snowden is bullshit. Obama invests countless hours chasing down some dude who worked for a defense contractor. YET..Obama seems to take little issue with the threat other forms of cyber espionage like the Chinese APT1. I guess you have to let a bunch of Chinese steal all your corporate secrets because hey, you can't piss off your creditors, can you. Of course it's hard to be critical of Chinese hackers when your own goons are spying on the rest of the world.

Why would Russian want Snowden? Well for obvious reasons. Russian is not a friend to the USA so why wouldn't you accept what could be an asset?

The people should not fear the government. The government should fear the people.

August 9, 2013 @ 1:12 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

On the anniversary of The Trade, here's what I once wrote about Wayne Gretzky on this blog.

As a child, I idolized Wayne Gretzky. I would read and reread a paperback copy of The Great Gretzky by Terry Jones that I got from a sale at a Toronto Public Library back in 1982. I know this is where I got the book because I'm looking at it right now and there is a stamp that reads "Since this book is no longer in demand Toronto Public Library is offering it for sale".

Back in 1982 Gretzky's professional career was really just beginning. This book was published following his third year in the NHL when he was just 21 and without a Stanley Cup. I was baffled at how good he was at so young an age. There is a story in this book about a ten year old Gretzky scoring 378 goals in a season while I was struggling at Rennie Park in Swansea to score one. At a time when Toronto was celebrating Rick Vaive's 50 goal seasons it was awe inspiring to read about Gretzky's 50 in 39 games. He was The Great One then and he's The Great One now.

During a trip last winter to The Hockey Hall of Fame, I was most intrigued by the Gretzky exhibits. The man has so many NHL records they literally have a Gretzky wing. In a decade during which my home town team was abysmal, I could always root for the Edmonton Oilers in the spring and for Gretzky to win another cup. He won four during the 80s and the heart of many a young hockey fan.

August 9, 2013 @ 1:17 PM

Speysidephil

@Liz

Hey Liz, you are absolutely right on.

August 9, 2013 @ 1:42 PM

Argie

My God! I agree with AFKAI re: Snowden.

As for 2008, there was some noise from human rights groups but overall, it was fairly tame compared to the current talk about Russia.

I also think a boycott of China was more justified than one of Russia.

August 9, 2013 @ 1:50 PM

CQ

@ Nigel Trousershrapnal (13:12)
Bell Canada - Love their truly Canadian posture. Too bad that it is a former 50% U.S. owned branch division of Verizon's own predecessor. Bell Canada's U.S. based ownership was finally divested for good in 1970.

Olympics?
As I stated this week, at my site - have the athletes wear a pink or rainbow styled accessory during the ceremony parade.

@Jenny 11:59 / Toronto Mike
Wasn't going to ask, paid or gift cottage rental?

Bonus item:
Canajunfinances dot com is hosting a Quicken Software giveaway (Aug. 6th posting). For the contest, "in two sentences write the most terrifying personal finance story ever!"

August 9, 2013 @ 1:51 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@CQ

Hang in there... I'll write all about it when I return early next week.

August 9, 2013 @ 1:53 PM

Glen

I don't know what happened to Mike Wilner.

For many years I've enjoyed listening to him on Jays Talk after each game. He wasn't afraid to confront callers when they said something stupid and I liked his snarkiness. But it seems this year he became a Blue Jays apologist long after the Jays had no hope of making the playoffs. As a matter of fact you wouldn't know this team was in last place if you listened to the Fan at all the last couple of months.


Do you think Sportsnet told Wilner to play team ball?

August 9, 2013 @ 1:57 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Glen

That's entirely possible. Remember this shot across the bow?

http://www.torontomike.com/2010/06/mike_wilner_fan_590_suspension.html

And I agree, he's sounding like an official apologist lately. It's a horrible team and has been all season except for one freakish 11-game winning streak.

August 9, 2013 @ 2:00 PM

CQ

Hey TorontoMike (1:53 p.m.)
Just for kickers... please go ahead and win that Quicken program, too.

August 9, 2013 @ 2:01 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@CQ

That's okay, you can win the Quicken program...

August 9, 2013 @ 2:25 PM

Tim

Been digging 88.1 but the reception is lousy. I do not pick it up until I am almost in Stouffville. As for the Olympics. That whole movement has become a corrupt, greedy , shadow of its original amateur, athletic concept. Add in all the steroid use and judges being paid off and for me I could care less where it is being played.

August 9, 2013 @ 2:51 PM

Wayner

@AFKAI
@ARGIE

All true and valid points about government. But I think when you choose to question and expose something you believe to be wrong you need to take ownership and face the consequences and not run away...

I’m naïve I know…

August 9, 2013 @ 3:29 PM

AFKAI

@Wayner

Normally I'd agree with you Wayner, but not in this circumstance. The reason is simple. He will not get a fair trial & the punishment will be cruel and unusual (also an amendment of the US constitution).

The US government & so called legal system has shown it does not respect the US constitution. There is no right to a fair trial. "Subersives" are simply locked up and held for years without trial & sometimes with a charge. This United States Constitution offers the right to a "fair and speedy" trial by jury. If Snowden was to return he would not receive such, so why WOULD he return? This is a government that uses drones to SPY on it's own fucking citizens man. That's not freedom and liberty, that's a surveillance state where the government cares nothing for the US constitution. Obama is a complete joke & it's not about left or right wing politics. It's about the rights of the citizens of the United States of America. The constitution IS the word of God. Only Rand and Ron Paul seem to get it.

Good for Snowden & kudos to Bradley Manning and Assange for Wikileaks. WE the people fund the government. They are not our masters. They are our servants. The people should never fear the government. The government should fear the people.

August 9, 2013 @ 3:52 PM

Content is King

I heard Humble and Fred's scintillating interview with Fred's old neighbour, all about his job as an airport baggage handler. Compelling listening. They are not scraping the bottom of the barrel. At all.

August 9, 2013 @ 5:23 PM


Speysidephil

Wow!!
I am In tears.
What a great story!
Great on the Dad and great on Matt Duchene

August 9, 2013 @ 10:28 PM

Sad Torontonian

This is mayor Ford tonight.

http://instagram.com/p/c0HwGVzJ91/

https://twitter.com/BenSpurr/status/366026578695688192

Completely wasted, talking gibberish and setting an example for our youth.

So very, very sad.

August 9, 2013 @ 10:50 PM

Nick

@Content is King
I also hear that interview and thought it was great. You obviously don't understand the show... it is like listening to a group of friends and it is funny as hell... just regular people providing entertaining listening. You must be a real douchebag to come on to a public forum and bash something simply because you didn't enjoy it. I guess you're simply jealous of success.

August 9, 2013 @ 11:01 PM

Sad Torontonian

More Ford from tonight:

http://instagram.com/p/c0IcE6tKj8/

August 9, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

Blind Dave

From Post #6 (where I quit reading):

"Carrying this over from last Open Mike cause it needs to be said".

Oh for Christ fucking sakes...

Bailing out of this Open Mike, just like I did the last one. My pleasure meter lasted 5 posts this time, gang. Congratulations.

August 9, 2013 @ 11:32 PM

Cheryl

Well, Diamondbacks win again. That's good, but they won't make the playoffs. Anyway, who cares about Rogers and Bell. Primus is a great deal and Primus doesn't get advertised. Well, they don't need it. Primus is really good so of course they don't need to be advertised. I will never go back to Bell again, never.

August 10, 2013 @ 7:32 AM

Corey

Re: Blind Dave's comment. That's our Mississauga Phil. He demands satisfaction. No perceived slight can go unchallenged, and a response and acknowledgement from the offending party must be provided!

August 10, 2013 @ 9:23 AM

Corey

@Lorne - too bad about Master Chef. The video was well done, entertaining and the dish sounds tasty. Their loss.

August 10, 2013 @ 9:38 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Corey: Thank you for a morning laugh. I found it even funnier he posted the same comment in both open Mike's.

August 10, 2013 @ 9:39 AM

AFKAI

I'm no fan of Rob Ford, but this "he was drunk" stuff is a little much. So the mayor of Toronto drinks & he maybe had a little too much. It's certainly something nearly everyone is guilty of at some time in their life.

I dislike politicians but we need to cut them some slack. Who cares if they get a little trashed? Who cares if they get divorced? Who cares if they pay for sex with some $1000 dollar an hour escort? If that wasn't Rob Ford in the video it would just be another dude walking down the street after having a few too many drinks.

August 10, 2013 @ 11:09 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@AFKAI

When did we lower our standards to a point where we're cool with the mayor of Toronto attending big events hammered.

The man needs help. I sincerely hopes he gets it. In the meantime, we should demand more from our chief magistrate.

August 10, 2013 @ 11:30 AM

Corey

@Content -

Yes, the baggage handler interview was lame, but every show can't be a gem. I assume that an actual guest had been been booked and couldn't make it. It happens. There's a "skip" button (if your listening to the podcast). Comes in handy every time those wine guys or the chick from canadianmusic.com come on, or yes, for guests like the baggage handler. H&F are still very entertaining cats - listen to the stuff you like, skip what you don't. Easy.

August 10, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

AFKAI

@Toronto Mike

Well Mike, I think it's poor optics for any public official to attend any function trashed out of his mind. I would also agree that it sure seems like Ford needs some help. There are lots of signs (red face, heavy sweating, odd behaviour, etc) that make one raise an eye and think..hmmm

But that said Ford's "crime" isn't WHAT he did so much, it's that he did it in public. I'm reading people criticizing that Ford is a "drunk" and because of this heavy drinking doesn't deserve to be in office. That's simply unrealistic. Churchill had a few too many too, just there wasn't iPhone's to catch it.

Here's the reality. The sale of sex, drugs & other 'kinks' to politicians is more common than you want to imagine. Ford's crime is that he was public about it. When all is said and done is that worse than some politician doing a line of coke off the ass of some hooker behind closed doors?

Maybe this is really about us setting standards for public figures just a little too high? We expect out politicians to be squeaky clean. Then when the "human" comes out in them, we attack them as liars.

Like I said Mike, I'm not fan of Rob Ford and you know that. But I think this incident is being blown up a bit too much

August 10, 2013 @ 12:29 PM

Lorne

The Excuse List:
The video is a fake
... and if it isn't that wasn't the mayor
... and if it is he wasn't drunk
... and if he was then it wasn't noticeable
... and if it was it wasn't as bad as it seems
... and if it was then it's okay for a mayor to do it
... and if it isn't it's just a left-wing attack.

August 11, 2013 @ 1:01 AM

Cheryl

Who cares if it is fake or not. rob Ford does not look healthy. My trainer says so. Anyway, Diamondbacks lost again. They won't make the playoffs and if they did, I wouldn't even watch playoffs. I'm so glad I get to play baseball though.

August 11, 2013 @ 8:21 AM

Corey

I once saw David Miller, mid-afternoon during the work week, drinking with others at the Queen Mother on Queen Street. He didnt appear to be eating, and was there before I arrived and after I left. I did not alert the media.

August 11, 2013 @ 9:35 AM

Argie

A few weeks ago, I was on a patio at a bar on Queen St West when Toronto Mike came riding by on his bike. He was wearing a long sleeve shirt underneath a t-shirt (I can never understand by people go with that look). He had a dark green backpack (from Mountain Co-op, of course).

I'm not sure if he was drunk but I know I was.

August 11, 2013 @ 10:17 AM

AFKAI

@Cheryl, Rob Ford is beyond just not looking healthy. He's extremely obese, sweats profusely & wheezes when he talks. He's a heart attack or stroke waiting to happen.

I normally don't drink but I bought a 6 pack last night on the way home from the DTES doing outreach. I gave a prostitute a can of beer & told her she should get off the street or at least into a better area. I didn't get drunk and I didn't see Toronto Mike or even Argie. That's because I live at the other side of the country.

August 11, 2013 @ 2:56 PM

ycagwyw

Chris Christie also has a weight issue, he likely will be the next President.

August 11, 2013 @ 8:43 PM

Jacob

@ycagwyw It's all just leading up to Honey Boo Boo 2032.

August 11, 2013 @ 8:46 PM

Corey

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others."

August 12, 2013 @ 6:56 AM

AFKAI

"When even the most simple post pisses a guy off to the point of commenting you've pwn3d his ass" - Lucifer from SatanSec

August 12, 2013 @ 8:38 AM

Tron

What about Doug Ford saying just a few months back that he never saw Rob drink. Calling everybody a liar who said he showed up to public events drunk. Calling it a conspiracy. Now does a 180 and changes their tune to "having some drinks is no problem".

I seriously have no idea who's worse, the spoiled Peter Pan Mayor or his apologetic supporters who have no self respect for even themselves to okay literally everything, even drunk behavior and boldfaced lying.

What amazes me is the compulsive lying from both, Doug before could have easily said "Rob drinks responsibly" instead he rather go to the unbelievable lie (that even his biggest supporters like radio host Jerry Agar that was interviewing him at the time a couple of months back, was taken aback) with Doug saying "Rob never drinks". These guys are seriously sick in the head. I don't think they even think about their lies before saying it. They are totally pathological, and have the nerve to call others' that.

@Lorne, I like your excuse list. It's pretty much being checked off. How about this. This is a list of changed opinion over the time from Ford Nation. Unnamed sources (not good enough, need to put their name on it) named citizen sources (ha just a person word against Mayor) Journalist (agenda against mayor) fellow politician being sourced (it's a politics agenda) former staff members (turncoats agenda) picture (just a moment of time, could be taken out of context, where's the video) and of course Video (why are you taking videos of him!)

August 12, 2013 @ 2:57 PM

Cheryl

Well, Rob Ford is not healthy, that's for sure. Oh well, we'll be rid of him next year. That will be a good thing. I hate voice recognition. It's not perfect. There are lots of garbage words that automatically get typed. It's a waste of time editing the reports. The best thing to do is delete the whole thing and type it. Otherwise there's so much editing to do. I don't think voice recognition is going to get perfect.

August 12, 2013 @ 6:01 PM

ycagwyw

Is it possible just once to have a political free edition of Open Mike?

August 12, 2013 @ 6:41 PM

Corey

Geez, Irvine, don't give yourself so much credit. If you actually pissed me off, I wouldn't feel good about coming here. You make me smile.

Wow! I haven't heard "pwn3d" in over a decade! We used to taunt opponents with "Pwn3d!" after taking them out with a surprise, devastating headshot while playing "Soldier of Fortune" over the office network after work. That must have been, what, 1999? 2000? All grown up now, but glad to hear some people still using it.

August 12, 2013 @ 7:03 PM

AFKAI

@Corey

Actually Corey, the video game didn't create the term it simply stole it from internet culture. The term pwn3d or "to pwn" became popular with the pioneers of internet hacking (groups like cDc, legion of doom, blonde wongs, etc). Later the video game used the term. It's much like lolcats or #caturday, a term that's now common but originated in /b/ on 4chan.

The term pwn3d is still commonly used in hacker & troll culture on the Internet. Gaming culture tends to have some roots in hacker/internet culture.

I h0p3 I h@v3 3duc@t3d y0u.

August 12, 2013 @ 9:12 PM

Speysidephil

@AFKAI

GEEZ WHAT A BRILLIANT POST.
CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE.

August 12, 2013 @ 9:19 PM

AFKAI

@Speysidephil. Glad you liked it bud. If you didn't, I know you'd not read it.

#milton eh.

August 12, 2013 @ 9:22 PM

Corey

@Irvine - I missed the part where I said the gaming culture created the term. In your haste to "educate" and display your brilliance, as usual, you missed the point, which was merely that you're using terms that came and went from the popular conscious a decade ago, but you're a cutting edge hacker.

August 12, 2013 @ 10:32 PM

S81

Glad u recognize that Corey.

August 12, 2013 @ 10:39 PM

Anonymous

Thank god..... errrr um no God?

interesting study...

http://m.huffpost.com/ca/entry/3747511/

August 13, 2013 @ 6:27 AM

Argie

@ anon
Maybe that study says that but other studies show religious people live longer and are generally happier, more stabled and less prone to depression than non-religious people.

Take your pick.

August 13, 2013 @ 8:36 AM

Jason from Sudbury

I was gonna post this in the Tuesday Open Mike but it's not up yet and I'm out the door soon. So here goes...
I heard on the Fan this morning that the Star has put up their paywall as of today. 99 cents for the first month, 10 bucks a month after that. I wonder how many people will actually pay up.

Also enjoyed the Hulk Hogan interview this morning that was cool.

August 13, 2013 @ 8:43 AM

Anonymous

What studies Argie?

I have yet to read one.

They do say ignorance is bliss.

August 13, 2013 @ 9:04 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

Glad everyone's here. I understand I can get a diagnosis for whatever ails me on this website.
Symptoms include:
Agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination; headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, feeling unsteady, seizure, shallow breathing, blood in the stool, colitis, dysphagia, acquired esophageal stenosis, gastric ulcer, gingivitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and lower abdominal pain, anal leakage, and someone's been leaving a bag of poop in front of the door of my apartment every day for the last two weeks.
I know that you prefer a video to assist you in your diagnosis, but any footage I was able to produce would certainly put you off your feed for a day or two.
Your constantly sympathetic assessment of the mayor's, shall we say issues, has brought me here today and I think you'll agree that more than the old " he has a problem and I hope he gets the help he needs", is required here. I do enjoy the odd beer or ten and I only smoke after sex, which has me down to about two packs a day.
It is rather urgent as I have my first date with a lady I met on Christian Mingles, later this week. I appreciate any advice the team can provide.

August 13, 2013 @ 9:09 AM

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