This sort’a stuff from media empires’ve been first in donald trump searches for a few days now.

 July 30, 2016

Jul29, 2016

News for donald trump

Could Donald Trump Be Denied Candidates’ National Security Briefings?

NBCNews.com34 mins ago
Calls have increased for Republican nominee Donald Trump to be denied
national security briefings offered to presidential nominees of major …

After Hillary Clinton’s takedown of Donald Trump, will any Republicans be with her?

Chicago Tribune5 hours ago

Reminds me of that old Citizen Kane movie.

So who’s the media emperor?

Maybe there’s another Trump.

The only thing I knew about Donald Trump was what I saw accidentally in video clips of his looking mean and saying “You’re fired”, and reports that he was declaring bankruptcy, and his laughable concern about President Obama’s place of birth; all this ugliness was made known to me by media. But several years ago a man who I’ve known since I was a teenager showed me a snapshot of himself with Mr. Trump that made me rethink my unfavourable Trump impression especially when I saw that snapshot on the studio kitchen counter of another old friend.

All this happened before Mr. Trump became a candidate for president which was certainly not a time when media provided objective information about him or his policies. I remember President Clinton being quoted as saying that Mr. Trump’s primary campaign was “fact free”, and frequent media assertions that no one should worry that Trump might become the Republican nominee for president in 2016; and like those confidently negative assertions, now that he is the Republican candidate, some experts assert he’ll never be president which  may be true since there are more Democrats than Republicans.

Today the attacks continue. When I put a letter d ,as I’ve done for months, into the Google box the name Donald Trump was filled in giving me a page of files seething with numerous headers heaping scorn on his candidacy, especially one that appeared several times over the page attributed to the wife of President Obama. There were so many of these Democrat anti Trump files that I had to verify to myself that this was not a Clinton Democrat page; so I put a letter c into the Google box then as usual had to ad the letters i and before Mrs. Clinton’s name appeared complete in that Google box

Sanders, Clinton and Bloomberg

July 24, 2016
“Dismayed by Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg Will Endorse Hillary Clinton
New York Times- 1 hour ago”


Whose fair share?
November 3, 2012

Once a Democrat now a Republican,  billionaire Mayor Bloomberg recently endorsed  Democrat Mr. Obama’s candidacy. Now way back on October 20, 2012 I think I was being prepared for this endorsement by a New York Times article entitled “Ever Bipartisan, Bloomberg Jabs Both Candidates” in which I read Mr. Bloomberg’s criticism of the President: ” ‘This business of ‘Well, they can afford it; they should pay their fair share?’ Who are you to say ‘Somebody else’s fair share?’ “and his admonishment of Romney” I do think that Romney’s business experience would be valuable, but I don’t know that running Bain Capital gives you the experience to run the country. “But less than two weeks and one hurricane later Mayor Bloomberg announces his support for Mr. Obama because he feels that Hurricane Sandy may be evidence of global warming which Mr. Obama is better equipped to manage than Mr. Romney, and not Mr. Obama’s most repeated rhetoric since he took office in 2008/09, which is that the rich should pay more in taxes (their “fair share”).

The Hipster and His Jazz Lingo

As warmer summer-like weather approaches broadcasters tell of imminent jazz festivals. But my first understanding of the term jazz is of bebop jazz; that music whose rhythms flew to the stratosphere and that drummers punctuated with bass drum bombs, its pace, at times too fast for the foot to beat four to the bar, or for jitter bugging dancers used to more middle of the road swing and sway of popular big band orchestras. And bebop jazz was “cool”, not like swing or its predecessor “hot” predictable ragtime jazz. Bebop’s high flying swing and almost tempo-less adagio seemed at times not of the earth as were its soloists kicked in by a bass bomb at an unforeseen climax that stopped musical time for a momentary forever, then blew notes in all directions “cooking” like “crazy” and carving all who’d get in the way; evoking listeners’ hardly verbal metaphoric hipster response of:  not wow, not listen but “dig”, “Dig” a verb that all but commanded listeners to behold the notes just delivered “far out”  into “cool “ interplanetary space – real “cool” – and – “crazy man”  – “crazy”. not insane, not dumb but beyond normal understanding. And all anyone could say was “dig” immerse yourself in what you’re witnessing; let it take your mind on a trip to behold things you hadn’t known were there. “Dig”,  this simple idiomatic metaphor with all its hipster connotations was often used outside the hipster’s musical context as it came to replace  the less idiomatic perceive for seeing and comprehending. Digging was a kind of sympathetic depth perception which included our idiomatic “walking in another person’s shoes”: when you dug someone you got to understand the totality of their being.

This word “dig” that seems strange in its now archaic hipster usage, forgotten along with ”cool” jazz whose origins were memorialized on a Myles Davis album cover as Birth of the Cool. “Cool” which for me meant “cool cat”, the hipster aficionado of bebop jazz has gone the way of that famed primeval bird. But “cool” the epithet that used to characterize that odd but extinct cool-cat, the hipster, with his vocabulary limited to “dig” “crazy” “man” and of course “cool” meant by him to signal something rare and worthy of high regard, has not.


The above is an old post from I’m repeating it because I heard there’d be a jazz festival at Toronto’s beaches. A group that was to play at the festival was a regae group, and for me jazz used to be that old music with sometimes feverishly swinging up tempo; interstellar chord progressions accompanying solos stretching to far out galaxies, and of course the zoot suited sophisticated aficionado of bop, the hipster.


For me change is a new word and with a new meaning. I can’t recall when I first was forced to give it my thoughts, perhaps when the words prejudiced/biased were replaced by the word racist. And what’s new about the meaning of “change” is its being equated with good. For “change” has throughout recorded human history been something to dread. The ancient Greek Herodotus in talking about ancient Egyptians’ believing illness is caused by what one eats said that he himself has always believed that the cause of illness is “change”. But the recent championing of change by political speakers and their writers sometimes seems to have been picked up and offered as a treat that will bring good things to those who have very little. But “change” is not good to them that have, for them “change” means uncertainty and the loss of what they possess of money and influential jobs. Among those who have are those who are better educated by better schools afforded by families of a better class. Consequently those whose families are minimally secure in money and better jobs tend to want “change” and may follow anyone who promises it, even Mr. Trump who believes wages in America are too high; but Mr. Trump implicitly offers “change” in promising to bring back America’s greatness the mythic time when those who have little were able to obtain more in wages and financial security than is possible today, a condition they believed would never change.

A Windfall For Bernie

All the talk about Bernie Sanders winning big on the $15.00 an hour minimum wage has brought back an experience that I had about ten years ago at an LCBO in the Union Station’s now out of use east platform. As I was checking out some beer the woman cashier was talking to someone just ahead of me; she said, Yeh, but “they don’t give us enough hours“. I was surprised because I thought LCBO workers worked full time for the government of Ontario. Back then many of us felt we were not getting enough hours. I wonder if that $15.00 an hour is for a forty-hour week which might have been pretty good in Canada 15 Years ago. But if they’re working people part time the way they do up here with minimum wage workers, people could still be hustling two jobs just to earn a living even at $15:00 an hour. I hope Bernie’s not as excited about his platform win as most U.S. online journalists seem to be. Shame he lost the trade agreement plank. I’m sure that trade determines the size of the labour pool, hours of work, taxes and that $ 15.00 an hour windfall.

Remembering Mayor Ford

This old post below comes to mind whenever CP24 mentions John Tory. Today his name often came up about his getting people into public housing. The Black Lives Matter group mentioned him as a person wrongly supporting police involvement in the Pride parade. And poll results on CP24 have reminded viewers of his high approval ratings; the last I heard 74% believed he was doing a good job.

March 6, 2014

I think it’s worth recalling the 2010 election that made Mr.Ford mayor of Toronto and the many who expected that his term would be a full four years from December 1, 2010 to December 1, 2014 and who might not have expected that the councillor they’d voted for might one day  replace him. Mr Ford recently stated in a television clip that 383, 501 people voted for him, nearly 100,000 votes more than the favoured Mr.Smitherman surprising everyone including me. I was also surprised by the flyer I received in my Scarborough walk-to-mail box shortly after the election asking me to join a campaign to oust the new mayor by putting Twitter comments Online. At that point all I knew about Mr. Ford was that before being elected I saw him on television as councillor speaking to council and that he’d been stopped by traffic police in Florida for some sort of substance abuse, and warnings during the campaign  not to vote for him. So I didn’t. But I did vote for one of the councillors who, ignorant of  both the City of Toronto Act and Municipal Elections Act or confident of the electorate’s lack of legal expertise, removed some of his authority.

Rob Ford Mayoral Candidates Forum June 2010 (crop).jpg
These results were copied from Wikipedia
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These results were copied from Wikipedia
Joe Pantalone Doors Open Toronto 2010 Crop.jpg
These results were copied from Wikipedia
Candidate Rob Ford George Smitherman Joe Pantalone
Popular vote 383,501 289,832 95,482
Percentage 47.11% 35.61% 11.73%

Still my own lack of  legal expertise motivates my bias against such councillors who contrary to statute I believe gave some of Mayor Ford’s  authority to Councillor Kelley. The City of Toronto Act Paragraph 133 establishes an elected mayor’s powers in subsection (1) As head of council the mayor provides “leadership to council“”as chief executive officer of the City”. Since under this act the elected mayor as council leader is obliged  “to carry out the duties of the head of council”. Council therefor does not have the power to act without his presiding “over meetings of council” as council leader.

City of Toronto Act 2006

133. (1) It is the role of the mayor of the City, as the head of council,

(a) to act as chief executive officer of the City;

(b) to preside over meetings of council so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;

(c) to provide leadership to council;

(d) to represent the City at official functions; and

(e) to carry out the duties of the head of council under this or any other Act. 2006,

Elected councillors’ giving some of the elected mayor’s authority to a person elected councillor,  are subverting the precisely defined powers the City of Toronto Act gives them in paragraph 131 and the powers and duties given to the mayor in paragraph 133.

For councillors’ meeting to remove some of his authority could not have been conducted with the mayor’s “leadership to council” in accordance with the terms of paragraph 133 of the City of Toronto Act. Councillors’ intention and act of removing the mayor’s statute based role of council leader could not have been led by the mayor even if he had for some paradoxical reason wanted to and as he has said numerous times metaphorically: the council’s removing some of his authority was tantamount to the attack on Kuwait.

This authority is given to the mayor when he is elected to office, and is an authority which he exercises for four years in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act: “(3)The holders of offices continue to hold office until their successors are elected and the newly elected council or local board is organized.  1996,”

Municipal Elections Act, 1996

(1)The term of all offices to which this Act applies is four years, beginning   on December 1 in the year of a regular election.  2006,


(3)The holders of offices continue to hold office until their successorsare elected and the newly elected council or local board is organized.  1996,



Infrastructure has been the way North American economies will be rejuvenated now that we’re borrowing more and manufacturing less. Seeing it as a sub-heading of the draft Democrat platform is almost as nauseating as riding a merry-go round. Infrastructure -Democrat Obama said infrastructure was to be central to his 2008 revitalization program, infrastructure the politician’s secret spigot  to turn on and reinvigorate economic activity – infrastructure.

If we are serious about reversing the decline of the middle class, we need a major federal jobs program that puts millions of Americans back to work in decent paying jobs in both the public and private sectors. We will make the most ambitious investment in American infrastructure since President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system. We will put Americans to work updating and expanding our roads, bridges, public transit, airports, and passenger and freight rail lines. We will build 21st century energy and water systems, modernize our schools, and continue to support the expansion of high-speed broadband networks. We will protect communities from the impact of climate change by investing in green and resilient infrastructure. These investments will create secure, good-paying middle-class jobs today and will substantially increase demand for American-made steel and other products manufactured in the United States. And by boosting economic growth in a fair and equitable way, and strengthening our long-term competitiveness, these investments will create many more jobs in the years to come…

He might vote for him.

Yesterday June 29, 2016 I spotted a post under a Chicago Tribune banner that came up with my donaldtrump Google search. The writer, Jim Ruth, did not like Mr. Trump but said he and others of the new, well-educated, affluent baby boomer silent majority just might vote for him. Longing for the days when a Tim Russert could grill both Democrat and Republican “equitably” without showing his own preference; Ruth throughout his article, seems’ to echo Mr. Trump’s “make America great again” slogan. His effort to distinguish himself and others like himself as not being like the uneducated workers that media still highlight in voter preference statistics reminds me of the non stop grotesques that have shaped the Donald Trump that everyone hates.