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James Edgar

The Idiots from the Paris attack are holed up in a print shop with a hostage and are telling cops the want to die as martyrs.

FUCKING IDIOTS.

January 9, 2015 @ 8:39 AM

this guest

They masked themselves so nobody could see who did who
they were
and in the heat of a killing spree
picked up a running show that fell out of the car
but 'forgot' their ID in the getaway car.

They want to 'die as martyrs' but didn't fight to the death
inside the journalists' offices
and 'heroically' reveal themselves
to the world as martyrs.

okay.

January 9, 2015 @ 8:57 AM

this guest

should read
'they masked themselves so nobody could see who did it or
who they were'

January 9, 2015 @ 8:58 AM

markosaar

Some Arab-world newspaper cartoonists' reactions to the attack:

http://imgur.com/a/zd5rl/

January 9, 2015 @ 9:01 AM

markosaar

Some Arab-world newspaper cartoonists' reactions to the attack:

http://imgur.com/a/zd5rl/

January 9, 2015 @ 9:01 AM

mrmojorisinca

Religious extremists have to be the biggest idiots.

January 9, 2015 @ 9:03 AM

Lyle Lanley

Mike, what do you think of Leslie Roberts' suspension?

January 9, 2015 @ 9:17 AM

mrmojorisinca

seriously..I can not understand it..how do people growing up in the western world, educated people, get brain washed to kill people in the name of any thing let alone in the name of god.

January 9, 2015 @ 9:25 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

For the unaware, here's the Leslie Roberts story. There's a good video there from Kevin Donovan.

He got caught doing something you should not do. If you have a clear conflict of interest like that, you should disclose it. So Leslie Roberts got caught red handed, and now he needs to face the consequences.

I'll bet many others are guilty of the same, but haven't been caught.

January 9, 2015 @ 9:25 AM


McNulty

I hope the papers don't print pictures or names of the murderers. Save the space for the vicitms.
I don't want to know their names or see their faces.

January 9, 2015 @ 9:50 AM

Tiny Montgomery

Two of those killed, 42-year-old Ahmed Merabet and 49-year-old Franck Brinsolaro, were police officers — the very people tasked with protecting Charlie Hebdo's staff. Merabet's death was captured on film during a French television broadcast and shared quickly across social media. Two masked gunmen can be seen approaching him, ignoring his pleas to spare his life.

Who was he? As information about the victims began to filter out, the world learned that Merabet worked at a police station in Paris' 11th Arrondissement, near the location of Charlie Hebdo's offices. Reports also emerged that Merabet was himself Muslim.

January 9, 2015 @ 9:51 AM

Andrew

@TorontoMike

Kerri gasped when I read that article to her last night...
All she could do was shake her head.

Cheers,
Andrew

January 9, 2015 @ 9:54 AM

markosaar

@mrmojorisinca,

Obviously murder of that scale is the worse end of that scale, but there are lots of examples of Westerners being brainwashed. Religions, and organisations under the guise of religion namely.

We've seen murderous/suicidal cults in the western world. Scientology, the new Calvinism, is a big fucking brainwashing scam designed to take advantage of the affluent.

Apparently part of the human condition is the need to belong, and to find validation amongst others. All these groups play/prey upon that. Some benignly, some nefariously.

January 9, 2015 @ 9:54 AM

this guest

What sort of psychological trait would cause
leslie roberts to skate so closely
to being easily unmasked
in this little drama

January 9, 2015 @ 9:56 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@this guest

He clearly didn't do a cost-benefit analysis.

It's tough for a news person when they lose all integrity.

Having said that, I've always got a strong "phony as all vibe" from him. I can't watch / listen to him.

January 9, 2015 @ 9:58 AM

Anonymous

The western world and peaceful intent? Check your recent history.

January 9, 2015 @ 9:59 AM

mrmojorisinca

@ Markosaar

yeah I know it happens, we see it almost daily now. just hard to watch I guess..

January 9, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

Argie

@Mike
I hear you on Roberts but I would hate to see someone's career ruined over this.

January 9, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

this guest

Now his clients will view his company
as damaged goods.
He'll have to rebrand and stay
in the background.
Start a dog grooming 'salon'
in Leslieville.
Smile a lot.

January 9, 2015 @ 10:10 AM

Glen

I was glad to see the National Post publishing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons in yesterdays paper. As a matter of fact they had 4 pages of them.


Did any of the other Toronto papers follow their example?


I wish those who had the hashtag #CharlieHebdo or #jesuischarlie in their tweets had also defended Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant back in 2008 when they were being persecuted by Canada's human right commissions over what they wrote about radical Islam. Freedom of expression belongs to all of us.

January 9, 2015 @ 10:25 AM

McNulty

Glen,

You are an asshole. Comparing the murder of 12 people for making cartoons lampooning Islam to Ezra Levant's Human Right Commission complaints is abhorrent.

While Levant has every right to speak, this isn't close to being the same thing. I am pretty sure Ezra was on TV yesterday. He lives. They died. Ezra was sued and won. They were shot and killed. Big difference.

January 9, 2015 @ 10:38 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Argie

I'm not suggesting we lock Roberts up and throw away the keys, but it would be just if this ruined his career as a news person. This is precisely the type of scandal that does and should ruin a "news" career.

I'm sure he could continue doing the entertainment stuff like their morning show. That likely doesn't require a lot of integrity.

January 9, 2015 @ 10:56 AM


Glen

@McNulty


1) Debate my ideas and opinions. You lose my respect with personal attacks.


2) Both Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn have received death threats because of their views on radical Islam. It's not so far removed that someone may carry out those threats with the recent attacks in Paris.


3) Libalism and freedom of expression are 2 different things in my books. I was referring to Ezra Levants printing of the Muslim cartoons in his Western Magazine years ago not the recent libel case.

January 9, 2015 @ 11:12 AM

McNulty

Again...Levent had a complaint filed against him and he won. The court systems did not view it as hate literature (and rightfully so).

But you are saying they should have received the same outpouring of support that 12 murder victims are getting. That's ridiculous.

Levant was right in publishing the cartoons. He showed courage and should be commended, however, his hateful comments about Islam take away from what he did in 2006.

January 9, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

Anonymous

@ Glen,

Out of curiousity how would you feel about cartoons showing orthodox rabbis eating pork?

January 9, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

Cheryl

My Coyotes won last night. That's great and the Raptors lost. Well, the Raptors are losing some games now which is great. Anyway, ready for the big game tomorrow. Ravens are winning. I just know they will do that. Patriots will lose. Ravens all the way to the Superbowl. It will be a good Superbowl. Too bad my Cardinals won't be in it as well.

January 9, 2015 @ 11:41 AM

Argie

@McNulty
I'm glad you're finally giving Ezra props but is something "hateful" if its the truth? He's never gone after muslims as a whole, just the violent radical ones.

January 9, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

Anonymous

@anonymous - What do you mean "how would you feel" Assume that the cartoons are vile and offensive. So what? Anyone can initiate a complaint or lawsuit. What's abhorrent is the violence.

January 9, 2015 @ 11:46 AM

Anonymous

Torontomike, what are your aspirations for your podcast? For this site?

January 9, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

Anonymous

@ Anonymous

Glen was discussing a court case involving Ezra Levant publishing the cartoons and wondering whether Toronto papers had reprinted them. Would Glen feel okay about cartoons which denigrate, ridicule, slander and demean Orthodox Rabbis by showing them in an act of violating their dietary restrictions? Or is the 'free speech' argument only aimed at cartoons that denigrate Islamic beliefs? My question is aimed at determining whether support for Ezra Levant's is about 'freedom of speech' or Islamphobia. Of course violence is abhorrent. That goes without saying.

January 9, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

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January 9, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

Glen

@Anonymous


The National Post published a few cartoons depicting Jewish characters drawn by the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in yesterdays paper along with the Muslim images.

I don't have an opinion either way on images of Orthodox Jews eating pork. What I do believe is that people should have the right to express themselves without the threat of death especially in a country like Canada.

If you disagree with someone the best way to respond is in open debate and discussion.


January 9, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

Anonymous

@ Glen

Thank you for your reply. I'm in complete agreement with you.

January 9, 2015 @ 12:06 PM

Argie

I'm going to throw up the next time I see the word "islamophobia".


January 9, 2015 @ 12:09 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Sorry just read this:
Iran’s president denounces Charlie Hebdo killers as terrorists who promote Islamophobia
Also:
A key figure in the Iraqi govt said Iran prevented ISIL or ISIS from taking Baghdad.

January 9, 2015 @ 12:12 PM

Tiny Montgomery

militarily prevented

January 9, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

James Edgar

@ Argie islamophobia,islamophobia,islamophobia :)

@Glen "I don't have an opinion either way on images of Orthodox Jews eating pork. What I do believe is that people should have the right to express themselves without the threat of death especially in a country like Canada.

If you disagree with someone the best way to respond is in open debate and discussion."

So true.

Not being religious or emotionally involved with anything so much that I consider it "sacred " EXCEPT for the concept of freedom I am not offended but mere drawings, photographs or words.

I am offended by the actions of those that limit freedom ,especially those doing so at the point of a gun.

I don't care if it's a Muslim terrorist or a "Pro life" Christian shooting at an abortion Dr ( Yes i know not nearly on the same scale ) I think the notion that being threatened with death for a contrary opinion is sick.


January 9, 2015 @ 12:39 PM

McNulty

@ Argie

I don't think Tiny likes you. It only took three minutes to use the word.

January 9, 2015 @ 12:45 PM

Tiny Montgomery

From Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor Tikkun Magazine

And when the horrific assassinations of 12 media people and the wounding of another 12 media workers resulted in justifiable outrage around the world, did you ever wonder why there wasn't an equal outrage at the tens of thousands of innocent civilians killed by the American intervention in Iraq or the over a million civilians killed by the U.S. in Vietnam, or why President Obama refused to bring to justice the CIA torturers of mostly Muslim prisoners, thereby de facto giving future torturers the message that they need not even be sorry for their deeds (indeed, former Vice President Cheney boldly asserted he would order that kind of torture again without thinking twice)?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-michael-lerner/mourning-the-parisian-jou_b_6442550.html

January 9, 2015 @ 12:49 PM

Argie

"Terrorists killed and hostages freed"

Allahu Akbar, indeed!

January 9, 2015 @ 1:02 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Anonymous

Aspirations?

I've been blogging here since 2002. I'll do that so long as it stays fun.

It only recently crystallized what I'd like my podcast to be. I'll continue to produce new episodes while it's fun and I never have to fake it. Then, when it stops being fun or I have to fake it, I'll only continue it if there's serious monetization involved.

January 9, 2015 @ 1:25 PM

this guest

Anybody else have progressive bifocals.
Had my eyes tested at a clinic. Carried it in hand
to a place with a 60% off sale lenses and frames boxing week.

Even bearing in mind the 'adjustment' period
(now at 8 hours today and 6 hours yesterday)
I'm thinking everything should be working peachy keen.
Well 'dang it all.'

With a 'stationary head' (I know that sounds weird)
and looking down at floor it's all blurry.
Tested old glasses - nope.

The issue is I can see having to backtrack to the optometrist
AND optician to solve this.
I think I'll live with it (looking ahead is fine) and in a few
months get eyes tested AGAIN (with old prescription in hand)
at a new place and then get a new pair of glasses (at a new
place).
Oh what a bother.
And here I was thinking the great savings was worth it.

January 9, 2015 @ 2:10 PM

Justin

In the words of Egyptian President El-Sisi:

"We have to think hard about what we are facing—and I have, in fact, addressed this topic a couple of times before. It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!

That thinking – I am not saying ‘religion’ but ‘thinking’ – that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized (sic) over the years, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world!

“Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live? Impossible!

“I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema—Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now. All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.

“I say – and repeat again – that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before it is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost – and it is being lost by our own hands,” El-Sisi said vehemently.

---

There's obvious issues with el-Sisi's military coup and autocratic governing but this man is a breath of fresh air compared to other leaders in the Muslim world. He gets it.

January 9, 2015 @ 2:23 PM

Rick2

This Guest : progressive bifocals.. I have them, I love them. Got them a year ago. From the moment I put them on, all was good ( and clear !!) I guess I'm lucky - I've heard some people have a hard time getting used to them.

January 9, 2015 @ 2:50 PM

this guest

@Rick2

Ah, lucky man. Good for you. Maybe these will 'clear up' in a day or so.

January 9, 2015 @ 2:55 PM

GUNTer

i moved to progressive's almost two years ago. the transition from 'normal' glasses was absolutely terrible. i actually had to take a few sick days (rare for me) due to intense nausea. i kept going back to my eye doc and he kept reassuring me that it was a transition period - i was actually rude to him on the last appointment because i was convinced i would never get used to them.
anyhoooooo after about 6 weeks of hell i finally settled into the progressive's and now i love them.

January 9, 2015 @ 3:08 PM

this guest

Wow! 6 weeks!
Well I'm transitioning from one prog. bifocal prescription
to another and the dr. did warn...
So maybe it's a matter of time...although I'm feeling
suspicious. :- )

January 9, 2015 @ 3:17 PM

Gump

A solid 7 on the Dawkins scale!

January 9, 2015 @ 5:10 PM

Speysidephil

Most annoying commercial on TV these days:

Fallsview Casino, the Rock Star comes out to sign autographs and then his Security Entourage starts screaming and screaming and screaming because they are going to the Casino.
Unlistenable, goes on Mute every time it comes on.
Stupid Ad Agencies!!

January 9, 2015 @ 5:12 PM

Lorne

I haven't logged into Facebook for a few weeks.

I don't feel like I'm missing anything.

January 9, 2015 @ 6:29 PM

Liz

This is crazy! I just picked up progressive Ray Ban sunglasses and progressive Ray Ban computer glasses. I wandered around the store on Queen St West like a friggin' toddler bumping into stuff as I was trying these new things out. The guy wanted me to walk down stairs and I shut that idea down. Let's not get crazy ambitious. They assured me I would get used to the progressives but it will take some time. I'm only a few hours in and I am seeing better. But it will be an adjustment. They said to give it at least a week - likely more. So we shall see.

January 9, 2015 @ 6:36 PM

this guest

@ Liz
A week! Ah, okay. And best wishes. Yes with stairs I am also proceeding very carefully.

January 9, 2015 @ 7:41 PM

this guest

Speaking of facebook I just saw this by Cartoonist Joe Sacco.
Slightly different perspective on 'satire.'

http://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2015/jan/09/joe-sacco-on-satire-a-response-to-the-attacks?CMP=share_btn_tw

January 9, 2015 @ 7:45 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Speaking of Facebook, I'm sure you all have seen your friends share stuff like..."This guy caught his girl cheating. You won't believe what happens next!" Either that or some sort of "See what happens" or "This person did this and what happens next is shocking", pretty sure you get my point. Anyway I never, ever click on those links cause they always have some funny URL that I don't trust. I always think I'm gonna get a virus if I click it plus I don't really care about that crap anyway. Am I the only one or do some of you actually hit the link to see what happens?

January 9, 2015 @ 7:59 PM

this guest

One of my facebook 'friends' must have clicked one of those out of curiousity
and then in the news feed page
it announced 'joe smith likes clickbait inc article 'Wait till you see what her father found out.'

I don't even know if he knew it was being spread all over fb that he'd clicked it.

January 9, 2015 @ 8:09 PM


Tiny Montgomery

46 Examples of Muslim Outrage about Paris Shooting that Fox News Can't Seem to Find:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/46-examples-of-muslim-outrage-about-paris-shooting-that-fox-news-cant-seem-to-find/

January 10, 2015 @ 7:53 AM

Cheryl

Basketball sucked last night. My Nets were leading, but they blew it and the same with my Suns. It was awful and the Leafs had to win as well. Well, it will be better today. My Ravens are going to win and also later on my Habs and Coyotes will win. It has to get better and it will. I'm sure my Ravens are going to win. I would rather have $150.00 instead of $100.00,. Ravens are winning just for me. You'll see.

January 10, 2015 @ 8:01 AM


Nick

I don't always agree with Brian, but you have to admit he makes a great point. By referring to someone as "prophet" you are actually affirming he is/was.

http://ow.ly/H69MU

January 10, 2015 @ 9:39 AM

Guy Fawkes


Message to the enemy of the freedom of speech.

January 7, 2015, freedom of speech has suffered an inhuman assault. Terrorists broke into the premises of the "Charlie Hebdo" newspaper and shot in cold blood several satirical cartoon artists, journalists and two policemen. The killers are still at large. Disgusted and also shocked, we can not fall to our knees. It is our responsibility to react.

First, we wish to express our condolences to the families of the victims of this cowardly and despicable act. We are all affected by the death of Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski, great artists that marked their talent throughout the history of the press and died for freedom. We do not forget the other victims killed and injured in the attack that were the targets of these murderers.

It is clear that some people do not want, in a free world, this inviolable and sacred right to express in any way one's opinions. Anonymous will never leave this right violated by obscurantism and mysticism. We will fight always and everywhere the enemies of freedom of speech. Charlie Hebdo, historical figure of satirical journalism has now been targeted. Anonymous must remind every citizen that the freedom of the press is a fundamental principle of democratic countries. Freedom of opinion, speech and to publish articles without any threat, and stress is a right "inalienable." Anonymous has always fought the slayers of these rights and will never allow a person to be shot down radically for publishing an article, a drawing, an opinion ...

Freedom of speech and opinion is a non-negotiable thing, to tackle it is to attack democracy. Expect a massive frontal reaction from us because the struggle for the defense of those freedoms is the foundation of our movement.

We are Anonymous
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us!


IRC: irc.anonops.com Port: 6667 Port SSL: 6697 #francophone & #OpCharlieHebdo // https://webchat.anonops.com/
Twitter: @OpCharlieHebdo // #JeSuisCharlie

January 10, 2015 @ 9:12 PM

Cheryl

My Ravens lost. This is no good at all. It sucks. My Ravens lost so they won't go to the Superbowl. I don't care about the Superbowl now. My Ravens blew it. It sucks. It's awful. No more football for me until September. The leader tells me I have to wait for my money until the Superbowl is over. I tried asking for it now, but he said I was the one who didn't want to give up a team and play fair and he said I could still get the $150.00 if Seattle wins it so I have to wait.

January 10, 2015 @ 9:27 PM

Speysidephil

@Cheryl

So does this mean no Party?

January 10, 2015 @ 10:03 PM

Cheryl

I didn't say there was going to be a party. Look, my Ravens lost. Brady is a whiny baby. I hate the Patriots. I'm not having a party. On top of that, my Habs lost to Crybaby Crosby and the pens and my Coyotes lost. It was an awful night. Also the Raptors won again. This is really terrible. I guess I get my money after February 1.

January 11, 2015 @ 8:43 AM

this guest

if there is no party than at least there can be a party 'theme song.'
I nominate 'Cheryl's Going Home' by Bob Lind.
p.s. 'modern' versions / covers of this song available.
I think this is from 66.'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvPnDExkmjw

January 11, 2015 @ 9:00 AM

Glen

A German newspaper which reprinted the Charlie Hebdo cartoons was firebombed last night.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/hamburger-morgenpost-firebomb-arson-attack-on-german-newspaper-that-printed-charlie-hebdo-cartoons-9970536.html

Ziggy never caused this kind of trouble.

January 11, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Anonymous

In the early morning of Sunday, September 15, 1963, Bobby Frank Cherry, Thomas Blanton,[1] Herman Frank Cash, and Robert Chambliss, members of United Klans of America, a Ku Klux Klan group, planted a box of dynamite with a time delay under the steps of the church, near the basement.[2] At about 10:22 a.m., twenty-six children were walking into the basement assembly room to prepare for the sermon entitled “The Love That Forgives,” when the bomb exploded.[3][4] Four girls, Addie Mae Collins (age 14), Denise McNair (age 11), Carole Robertson (age 14), and Cynthia Wesley (age 14), were killed in the attack,[5] and more than 20 additional people were injured, one of whom was Addie Mae Collins' younger sister, Sarah.[6] The explosion blew a hole in the church's rear wall, destroyed the back steps and all but one stained-glass window, which showed Christ leading a group of little children.[7]

January 11, 2015 @ 12:24 PM

Anonymous

Opinion expressed online:
I was horrified to see a small sample of cartoons from Charlie Hebdo over recent days. They were the kind of grotesque, racist , inflammatory bile that I would have thought I would have to search online to see. Revolting. I have seen 19th century cartoons from UK and USA satirical magazines depicting the Irish as subhuman, simian apes or pigs at the trough and as a wealthy educated modern woman they make me angry.... what they might do to my frame of mind if I were poor, oppressed and barely educated, I dread to think. Nothing condones murder. . But I agree that free speech should be bounded by some elements of decency and social consciousness.

January 11, 2015 @ 5:19 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Paris policeman’s brother: ‘Islam is a religion of love. My brother was killed by terrorists, by false Muslims’
Ahmed Merabet was the first police officer at the scene of the Charlie Hebdo attack. He was shot dead in cold blood. Now his brother has appealed for calm
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/10/charlie-hebdo-policeman-murder-ahmed-merabet?CMP=fb_gu


January 11, 2015 @ 7:51 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@this guest, very obscure song, but a fitting find!

January 11, 2015 @ 8:23 PM

Argie

Over 2,000 killed in Nigeria by terrorists who follow the "religion of peace"......in the past few days. Not much of a news story eh?

January 11, 2015 @ 10:01 PM

Tiny Montgomery

“There’s no question that there has been a virus that has spread throughout the Muslim world, a virus of ultra-orthodox puritanism,” Aslan replied. “But there’s also no question what the source of this virus is — whether we’re talking about Boko Haram, or ISIS, or al Qaeda, or the Taliban.”

“All of them have as their source Wahhabism, or the state religion of Saudi Arabia,” he said. “And as we all know, Saudi Arabia has spent over $100 billion in the past 20 or 30 years spreading this ideology throughout the world.”

When Todd asked who, in particular, needed to stand up and “talk to these folks,” Aslan replied, “first of all, let’s be clear that every single organization, major organization, Muslim organization throughout the world and in the United States, every prominent individual, be it political or religious leaders — everyone has condemned, not just this attack, but every attack that occurs in the name of Islam.”

January 11, 2015 @ 10:14 PM

Tiny Montgomery

When will Argie apologize publically
for the actions of the white Christian
Ku Klux Klan?

January 11, 2015 @ 10:16 PM

Anonymous

beautiful Muslim child playing guitar most melodically:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNdNYSjAuVgq6k60diMnfRg

January 12, 2015 @ 9:17 AM

Tiny Montgomery

The march in Paris had the usual suspects. All, of course, dedicated to 'free speech.'
Ha. Ha. Ha.
https://storify.com/tometty/staunch-defenders-of-free-press-attend-solidarity

January 12, 2015 @ 9:39 AM

Argie

@Tiny
I'm not the one asking for an apology - I just want the effers to stop killing people. Oh and just so you know "my people" were persecuted by the KKK. Catholics along with blacks were victims of those bastards. Its the reason most Catholics in the US reside in the north. Didn't know that, did you?

January 12, 2015 @ 9:45 AM

Cheryl

There isn't anything. I don't care about the Superbowl. My Ravens are out. It sucks. They blew a two touchdown lead twice. The Patriots are cheaters. I hate the Patriots. My Suns lost last night in double overtime. That sucks as well.

January 12, 2015 @ 11:21 AM


Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

If true, this is yet another clear-cut conflict of interest. Very disappointing, Amanda Lang!

January 12, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

Tiny Montgomerey

@ Argie,
Your answer shows the complexity of issues facing the average Muslim as well. We would do well to look at the source of the fanaticism and as they say 'Follow the money.'

January 12, 2015 @ 3:32 PM

Ben V

@Toronto Mike: Looks like this story is blowing up as the day progresses. This is the type of unethical behavior the public expects from people like Lang.

I'll admit she always came off genuine and kind in her segments, but of course that is a TV facade as per the breaking news.

Something tells me this is another situation in which the CBC has done a terrible job of managing a problem and attempting to brush it under the rug.

Would you agree?

January 12, 2015 @ 4:30 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Ben V

As usual, it depends on who knew what and when they knew it.

This looks very, very bad for Amanda Lang. When CBC learns of this clear conflict, the onus is on them to disclose it and appropriate discipline the offender.

January 12, 2015 @ 4:33 PM

Anonymous

Amanda Lang seems like a wealthy, privileged white person in Toronto where
almost 1/3rd of the children go to bed hungry. Shilling for a bank and pretending
to be an objective 'journalist.' Time for some vicious, offensive, rude, vulgar satirical
cartoons. Idea: Amanda Lang and RBC executives playing Twister while children with empty
bowls stand watching.

January 12, 2015 @ 6:28 PM

Anonymous

NUDE TWISTER!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 12, 2015 @ 6:29 PM

Argie

@Ben
CBC will be as swift in their actions to discipline Lang as they were with Ghomie. In other words, they'll do sweet eff all.

January 12, 2015 @ 9:23 PM

this guest

Sharia law irritates me so much
I listen to 'My Sharona'
by the Knack.

January 12, 2015 @ 11:59 PM

this guest

It might be a good idea to combine
anti Islam rallies
with the Polar Bear swim.

January 13, 2015 @ 12:04 AM

this guest

I would love to pluck a medieval peasant
from a Bruegel painting
just for a day
and record his/her reactions
to this world

January 13, 2015 @ 12:07 AM

this guest

Imagine a medieval peasant
in a Loblaws
or watching online porn
or taking the streetcar

A library!

January 13, 2015 @ 12:12 AM

Anonymous

Let's get you out of that burlap
and into something on sale from
Moores.

January 13, 2015 @ 12:16 AM

this guest

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