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Syrian War Report – April 3, 2018: Government Forces Liberate 5 Settlements In Rastan Pocket

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-april-3-2018-government-forces-liberate-5-settlements-in-rastan-pocket/ On April 2, government forces established control of the town of Taqsis and the villages of Zour Abu Dardah, Jamaqiliya, al-Mishyah, Imarah in the Rastan pocket in northern Homs.
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Palestine – All the Gods are with You, but None Dares Scream Murder

by Peter Koenig for the Saker blog Imagine! The western monotheistic world worships all these gods – never mind the contradiction in monotheistic – and variations of gods – the
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Putin’s secret weapon (hilarious, must read!)

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Vriend Case has been closed for 20 years, but the Alberta political story continues

Rabble News - Tue, 2018-04-03 12:34
David J. Climenhaga

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada in Vriend v. Alberta in which the court ruled Alberta was legally obligated to protect its residents from discrimination based on their sexual orientation.

The circumstances of the legal case are well known, and need not be recited in detail here.

The outline: Delwin Vriend, a lab instructor at a private Edmonton religious college, was fired because of his sexual orientation. The Alberta Human Rights Commission refused to do anything about it because discrimination for sexual orientation was not specifically protected by the Alberta Individual Rights Protection Act. The case made its way, slowly, through the courts, and when it reached the Supreme Court, the Justices ruled unanimously that exclusion of homosexuals from the act's provisions was a violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and they must be included.

Case closed.

The political story? It continues to this day.

As is well known, the Progressive Conservative government led by Premier Ralph Klein came under enormous pressure from the Usual Suspects on the social conservative religious right to employ the Charter's seldom-used Notwithstanding Clause to opt out of having to obey the court's ruling.

If you don't opt out, a tsunami of conservative callers warned the premier's staff, Civilization As We Know It will come swiftly to an end. There were some rougher and more threatening things said too, troubling memories for some members of the premier's staff at that time.

Not everyone is so unlucky as to be troubled by memories, though.

Jason Kenney, who in 2008 was a Reform Party MP in Ottawa, opined in the days before the ruling that if Vriend's case succeeded, it could be blamed on the "virus" of judicial activism.

Well known then and now for his social conservative leanings, Kenney urged Premier Klein to use the Notwithstanding Clause to continue violating the rights of gay Albertans.

"If the court rules to enforce gay rights, and the Alberta government rolls over, they will clearly be implicated in the decision," he said at the time. "If, on the other hand, they have the courage to invoke Section 33, to use the one remedy in the Charter, they will have begun the recovery of democracy."

Nowadays, Kenney leads Alberta's United Conservative Party Opposition. Late last month, queried by reporters, he said "he doesn't recall comments he made 20 years ago about the Vriend decision," wrote the Edmonton Journal's Emma Graney.

In the end, Klein decided to do the right thing and Section 33 was not used to perpetrate the legal persecution of a group of citizens. Based on objective reality, no one can argue now that anything bad has happened to Alberta and Albertans as a result of that historic decision.

Of course, although Civilization As We Know It is still functioning, a few social conservative voices are still making dire predictions.

John Carpay, like Kenney a former operative for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and one of those calling for the invocation of the Notwithstanding Clause when the Vriend case was still before the courts, recently wrote in a social conservative publication that as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling we're on a "slippery slide away from freedom."

Carpay, who ran for the Wildrose Party in 2012, is named from time to time as a likely candidate for Kenney's UCP in the expected 2019 general election.

One thing Kenney got right back in May 1998 was his prediction to the loony right Alberta Report magazine that the bitter reaction by Alberta social conservatives like himself "opens the window for a provincial grassroots, populist party with conservative values."

If you define conservative values as social conservative values, isn't that exactly what happened with the creation of the Wildrose Party and its rebranding last year as the UCP?

Does anyone really imagine that, behind closed doors in UCP ranks with Kenney presiding, things have changed all that much?

This post also appears on David Climenhaga's blog, AlbertaPolitics.ca

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This <I>Washington Post</I> Headline Is Fake News

On March 30 the Washington Post, the blog site of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, published a report about the expulsion of some 'western' diplomats from Russia. The move was an expected and proportional retaliation for the expulsion of Russian diplomats...
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Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/04/03 … Open Thread

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Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech lives on

Rabble News - Tue, 2018-04-03 05:07
Dennis Gruending

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of history's great orators, was murdered 50 years ago, on April 4, 1968. A Baptist minister inspired by Scripture and Mahatma Gandhi, King used non-violent civil disobedience to gain civil rights for African Americans. He faced daunting challenges: he was loathed by Southern whites and other conservatives, and spied upon by the FBI. He was also criticized by some Black militants who believed that his commitment to non-violence was naïve and unproductive.

March on Washington

King was facing all of those pressures as he and others planned the March on Washington in August 1963. It was attended by 250,000 people, including an estimated 60,000 whites. King was the last of 10 speakers, and he talked for 17 minutes. He had help in preparing his remarks but King had been so consumed with preparations for the march that he left his final draft until the last minute. It contained no reference to his having a dream.

He was both a political and religious figure but King was, above all, a preacher, and his speech in Washington became a sermon to the nation. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a site rife with meaning for African Americans, King began with an indirect reference to Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation which the president had signed in 1863. "It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity," King said in an allusion to Psalm 30. "It was a great beacon of hope," he added, but that covenant had been broken.

"One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination . . . and so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition."

There had been tense negotiations prior to the event. President John Kennedy was concerned that if it was too angry or became violent his plans to introduce civil rights legislation might be derailed. King and the others promised that they would keep their speeches calm and the event peaceful, but he picked up his tempo and inserted a note of urgency. "This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy ... now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children."

'About the dream'

The speech would have been a good one had King stayed with his prepared text, but it became a great one when he departed from it. One of the audience members was entertainer Mahalia Jackson who had sung for the crowd. About 12 minutes into the speech, she called out to King asking that he tell the audience "about the dream." It was common in Black churches for members of a congregation to participate in a sermon by sharing a "that's right" or "Amen."

It is not clear whether King actually heard Jackson, but he would have been familiar with such a call-out. King began to improvise, no longer looking at his prepared text. He had delivered a version of the dream speech on numerous other occasions but none as prominent as this. He described a land of slavery and hatred which, he said, must be replaced by freedom and equality. He used the rhetorical device of anaphora, the repetition of a phrase at the beginning of succeeding sentences and it was mesmerizing:

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!


Let freedom ring

King's entire speech, including this portion, was rich with metaphor and allusion to both religious and secular sources. He ended with a series of 10 more repetitions, including these:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring . . .

After this climax, King ended the speech with reference to an old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

This great speech improved chances for Kennedy's civil rights bill to pass. Tragically, the president was assassinated a few months later, and it was left to his successor Lyndon Johnson to pass the Civil Rights Act in 1964. King continued the struggle but he, too, fell to an assassin's bullet. On the evening of April 4, 1968 he was shot and killed in Memphis, Tennessee -- but his legacy and his dream speech live on.

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Should I Buy A 'Smart' Phone?

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A Last Look at The West That Was

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Pot dispensaries could go up in smoke

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Media Brainwashing Operation In Progress

Something caught my eye on LiveLeak today.  Not sure when all this was recorded, but it sure make for a weird viewing, does it not? The Saker
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Syrian War Report – April 2, 2018: Militants Start Their Withdrawal From Key Town Of Douma

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Reflections on Easter Sunday, 2018: There really is a war against Christianity, being waged by Christians

Rabble News - Mon, 2018-04-02 20:13
David J. Climenhaga

If you thought the War on Christmas was bad, consider the War on Easter, Christianity's most important and solemn celebration. While you're at it, consider by whom it's being waged.

If the concept of High Holidays were common in Christendom, Easter's Holy Week would be it.

On Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He was killed because, in the words of Canada's greatest poet, Milton Acorn, born 95 years ago Good Friday last, he tried to use words "to break the rods and blunt the axes of Rome." Sudden death, by cross or drone, is always the risk when an aspiring religious leader takes on the official religion and power of a mighty empire.

Fast forward two millennia, give or take a few years, from the ugly crucifixion in occupied Palestine by the soldiers of Rome -- many followers of the rival cult of Mithras -- to the religion Jesus (possibly unintentionally) founded. What do we have?

Or, to ask that question in a more practical way, what were contemporary Christians actually doing yesterday during the most solemn day of the liturgical calendar?

Well, in some parts of the world people may be inclined to mark the most important Sabbath of the Christian year by reflecting on their faith and values with their families. In Russia, for example, which nowadays is increasingly overtly Christian -- although they won't celebrate the occasion there until next Sunday, according to the Orthodox calendar. In Canada, by contrast, they were mostly shopping. Or working in shopping malls to bow down before the desires of the monied classes.

So much for remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy!

I don't offer this as a lament, by the way, and certainly not as an argument we should all be hunkered down at home over hot cross buns and Easter ham. Only as a recitation of fact, since it is the very people who whine constantly that there is a cultural war against Christmas and Christianity waged by liberal secularists, non-Christian immigrants and "social justice warriors," who not only encourage this state of affairs, but demand it.

I speak, of course, of the coalition of Christian fundamentalists (who mostly ignore the fundamentals of Christianity) and market fundamentalists (who demand the violation of Christian fundamentals in the pursuit of their profoundly anti-Christian economic superstitions).

So the now-dominant congregations of "conservative" Christianity are hard at work supposedly preserving their values by promoting politicians who work openly to entrench a state religion of devotion to covetousness and greed that is antithetical to Christian values. At least, that is, if you think Christian values are those taught by, you know, Christ.

Apparently conservative Christians have abandoned the fundamental principles of their religion so they can continue to practice a small number of (anti) social customs associated with Old Testament accounts of Iron Age society, such as the persecution of homosexuals and the subjugation of women.

Well, the Bible is at times a contradictory and inconsistent book, but the enthusiastic abandonment by supposed Biblical literalists of fundamental New Testament teachings, and many from the Old Testament too (i.e., honouring the Sabbath), and their furious endorsement of the worst aspects of Old Testament law seems hypocritical to say the least.

So is the enthusiasm for war in what was once upon a time explicitly a religion of peace, although probably more understandable if we recognize that any state religion, like the god of the Israelites, brooks no competition. Let's just say it is ironic that Christians who increasingly practice a religion of violence and subjugation are so vociferous in their insistence certain other religions do the same thing.

Beyond such garden-variety hypocrisy, conservative Christians' enthusiasm for far-right politicians who not only wage a daily war against the message of Jesus, but behave in a repugnant, immoral, unchristian fashion in their personal lives is positively bizarre.

Consider the fanatical support by the evangelical Christian Right for Donald Trump in the United States and Doug Ford in Ontario as the most obvious and repugnant examples.

Paul Melinchuk, evangelical preacher of Toronto's Prayer Palace church, recently held an "anointing ceremony" for Ford. "God's hand will rest upon Mr. Ford," he told his flock, urging them to sign up to support Ford's campaign to lead the Ontario Conservatives, and after that the province. As media noted, Pastor Melinchuk has a controversial history -- though not for his theological or political views, which are nowadays absolutely mainstream in evangelical circles.

Surely the invocation of Jesus in the service of such people takes his name in vain!

This relationship is obviously transactional -- indulgences granted in return for power and support of the conservative Christian agenda of social control.

As an aside, supporters of Ford, Trump and their ilk love to lecture commentators who mention such inconvenient facts that Christianity is a religion of forgiveness. This, unlike most of their pronouncements about the teaching of Jesus, is actually true. But they fail to acknowledge that repentance needs to precede that state of grace.

Despite their ostentatious personal piety, men like Andrew Scheer, the Canadian Conservative Party leader, and Jason Kenney, his elder in Alberta, would likewise implement policies that are unchristian in nature and, whether intended or not, would speed the replacement of traditional religions with the worship of markets and money. But at least as far as we know, they live personal lives that are virtuous or, if not, the good sense not to sin in public.

So, yes, there is a continual, relentless war on Christianity. It was being waged yesterday in the shopping malls of Canada. For the most part, it is being waged by Christians themselves and the politicians they finance and support.

For, if you believe what the Bible says Jesus said, you can have God or Mammon, but you can't have both.

If the Christian faith is all but done for, militant, fundamentalist Christians have no one to blame but themselves.

This post also appears on David Climenhaga's blog, AlbertaPolitics.ca

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The Russian party’s questions for the OPCW’s Technical Secretariat regarding the UK’s fabricated “Skripal case”

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Canada prepares for recreational marijuana sales with patchwork of plans

Rabble News - Mon, 2018-04-02 12:06
Krystalline Kraus

Different regions have different plans for the sale of recreational marijuana.

In British Columbia, the provincial Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) will handle wholesale distribution and online sale of marijuana. Marijuana will be sold in both public and privately run stores. The minimum age to purchase cannabis would be 19, which is the same as the legal drinking age. Adults in British Columbia will be allowed to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords and strata councils can restrict or prohibit cultivation and smoking in properties.

Vancouver and Victoria have already set up regimes for dispensing marijuana but other municipalities, such as Richmond, will be allowed to reject cannabis shops altogether if so chosen.

In Alberta, cannabis would be sold online through a Government of Alberta website and retailed through privately operated storefront dispensaries. Age limits for purchase and consumption of cannabis would be set at 18, which coincides with the legal drinking age.

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) will be in charge of distributing legal cannabis to private retailers in a model similar to how it handles beer, wine and spirits. The AGLC will also be responsible for licensing retailers.

Smoking or vaping cannabis will be prohibited in the same public locations where smoking is banned, including bars and restaurants. Consumption will be banned for school properties, daycares, hospital grounds, and places where children frequent, like pools, playgrounds and sports fields.

In Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority will be in charge of distribution and will issue about 52 retail permits to private operators in roughly 32 municipalities and First Nation communities. Eligible First Nations and municipalities will have the option to opt out of having a retail cannabis store. 

The minimum age for cannabis use will be 19, which is the same as the province's legal drinking age.

The province also announced that each household will be allowed up to four cannabis plants. There is also a limit of 30 grams of cannabis per consumer.

In Manitoba, the Liquor and Gaming Authority (LGA) will regulate the purchase, storage, distribution and retail of cannabis while the Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation (MBLL) will secure and track supply of cannabis sold in the province. The private sector will be responsible for retailing the product.

In early December, the government said that the minimum age to buy pot would be 19, a year older than the provincial drinking age of 18.

The public would be able to order pot online through retailers who also have a storefront, but would be barred from growing it at home unless they had a medical licence.

In Ontario, marijuana will only be sold by the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation, a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Starting next summer, the OCRC will operate 40 stand-alone marijuana shops, increasing to 150 stores by 200.

Usage will be restricted to private homes and consumption will continue to be outlawed in all parks and other public places as well as in vehicles.

Eligible individuals would be permitted to grow up to four cannabis plants for personal use.

The minimum age to purchase and possess recreational cannabis in Ontario would be 19.

Ontario will ban the public consumption of marijuana.

In Quebec, the Société Québécoise du Cannabis (SQC) will be allowed to purchase cannabis from a producer, ensure its transportation and storage, and sell it, with certain exceptions. The SQC will open 15 physical stores around the province where cannabis products will be sold and will also offer online sales.

The minimum age to purchase and possess recreational cannabis in Quebec could be 18. This might jump to 21.

The legislation would bar people from growing cannabis for personal use at home. Smoking marijuana would only be allowed in the same locations where people are currently allowed to smoke a cigarette.  

In New Brunswick, a Crown corporation and new subsidiary of NB Liquor will set up a network of 20 stand-alone, government-run stores that will be dedicated to selling cannabis.

The stores will be set up in 15 communities across the province.

Online sales will also be allowed, but the details haven't been worked out yet: One option is "click and collect," which would see customers order online but go to a retail store to pick up their cannabis. Another is delivery by trained staff, who check identification at the door.

Under the province's Cannabis Control Act, the minimum age for buying cannabis will be set at 19.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, in line with its minimum drinking age, users will have to be 18 years old to purchase and use cannabis products.

Pot will be sold in approved private stores, with distribution handled by the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC). In some areas, though, NLC may be the retailer, too.

Online sales will also be an option.

But wherever people buy it, they're going to be barred from smoking pot on public property.

In Nova Scotia, cannabis will be sold through some, though not all, Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. outlets as well as through online sales. This means that at some locations, a customer can buy cannabis at the same location where they buy alcohol.

The sale of cannabis will initially be restricted to nine stores.

Although the sale of marijuana plants will be permitted when federal government legalizes the drug, it's unclear where in Nova Scotia those seedlings will be sold.

A possession limit of 30 grams per person and a household growing limit of four plants. 

The government has announced the legal age for consumption will be 19 years old.

In P.E.I., cannabis will be sold in four government stores across the Island, as well as online.

The government stores will sell seeds and seedlings in addition to dried cannabis and cannabis oil.

Consumption of cannabis will be limited to private residences and some exceptions for designated spaces.

Adults will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams with them. People will also be allowed to have up to four plants, provided minors don't have access to them.

The legal age for buying cannabis will be 19 years old.

According to the territorial government website, Yukon will, "own and operate at least one retail store and provide an e-commerce option." Cannabis will not be sold where alcohol is also sold.

The Yukon government will alone control the import and distribution of legal marijuana in the territory, and set the legal age for buying, using or growing pot at 19 years of age.

The proposed Yukon legislation aligns with the federal government's plans to cap the possession limit for pot at 30 grams, and limit the number of plants you can grow at home, to four. 

In Northwest Territories (N.W.T.) Adults will be allowed to grow marijuana at home under the proposed plan, but will be limited to four plants.

The N.W.T Liquor Commission will control the importation and distribution of cannabis, whether through retail outlets or by mail-order service run by the liquor commission. The N.W.T. will allow cannabis and liquor to be sold in the same establishment.

In the N.W.T., personal possession will be set at 30 grams "of dried cannabis or its equivalent in a public place."

The minimum legal age at which someone can purchase and consume cannabis is 19 years in the NWT. Adults will be allowed to smoke at home, while public smoking will be prohibited in certain areas to protect others against second-hand smoke.

Communities in the N.W.T. will be able to "hold a plebiscite to prohibit cannabis, similar to the options currently available to restrict alcohol."

The Nunavut government has not yet unveiled its plan or released the results of its survey regarding pot legalization.

Regarding taxation, the public already expected that there would be some form of a sin tax on marijuana products. According to a 2016 report by Canada's Parliamentary Budget Officer, initial federal tax revenue from cannabis sales would be around $618 million and then rising to potentially $1 billion.

At first the federal excise tax, or sin tax, was to be a shared 50/50 with the provinces and territories and would not exceed $1 a gram or 10 per cent of the producer's price, whichever is higher. But the provinces and territories lobbied for more of a share of the tax, so it was changed to be 75 per cent share of the tax, with the maximum to be taken by the federal government $100 million per annum, with any excess paid to the provinces and territories.

The idea that tax revenue could be used by the provinces for drug awareness campaigns and drug treatment costs has helped to assuage some concerns from social groups who were wary of drug sales or the impact of the easier access to recreational marijuana will have on society. 

This is the second part of a two-part series on cannabis in Canada. Read part one here.

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Chemical weapon named “Novichok” – a reality check

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Doug Ford wants to make Ontario great again

Rabble News - Mon, 2018-04-02 07:43
Krystalline Kraus

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Doug Ford -- brother of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford -- won his bid to become the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.

It was a heated leadership campaign rife with off-the-cuff references to Trump's presidential victory south of the border, and those conservatives who voted for Ford would like to see him make Ontario great again.

As for political pedigree, Doug Ford has a huge shadow to dodge since his late brother was internationally known as not just being the mayor of Toronto but as the mayor of Toronto who smoked crack.

Regardless of how many Liberals claim that the Ford name is now tainted, it didn't seem to bother the Tories enough where it mattered. And they think he could topple the Liberals' Kathleen Wynne.

His own political career includes a one-term stint as a Toronto city councillor as well as being the runner up in the 2014 election where he lost to John Tory.

In his attempt to gain the leadership of the rocky PC party, he had to best the favoured candidate, lawyer Christine Elliott, which he finally did on the third ballot.

Elliott was no newbie to politics, she was a former MPP who was making her third attempt at the helm of the large ship, slow-turn, phenomenon that is the Ontario PC party.

Doug Ford's win was a stunning upset, even more so when cast through the lens of the American presidential race.

Elliott represented a highly educated woman with a long history in law and politics running against a bombastic leadership contender who knows how to work the old boys' room and the media's glare.

"Tonight we took the first step in defeating Kathleen Wynne," Ford told media and supporters the night of his win. Ontarians go to the polls June 7, 2018.

Doug Ford is right to keep his eyes focused on Kathleen Wynne, a two-person race to the finish. I can't remember a past election where the NDP really had this province fired up. They are certainly not acting like they have their head in the game when the game is an election and the focus should be on winning.

Even in response to the budget, the NDP is on the defensive. At least Doug Ford has the nerve to act on the offense. Why can't Andrea Horwath act more like Jagmeet Singh?

After these U.S. elections, it would make sense to scare the Trump out of Canadian voters, or at least capitalize on the fact that some people may not be able to tell the difference between what Donald Trump and the Republicans stand for versus what Doug Ford and the Tories stand for.

A new campaign has popped up north of Toronto criticizing Doug Ford on his own turf. notdoug.com posters were found in Unionville.

One says: "Doug hates 'elites.' But Doug is an elite just like the others. Don't be fooled."

Another says: "Doug Ford accepted endorsements from two pastors known for their homophobia and anti-Semitism."

These criticisms could fit Donald Trump or Doug Ford respectfully.  

If you log onto their website, the font's colouring of orange may hint to at least an intellectual alliance with the NDP if nothing else; hinting that it is in fact Horwath and not Wynne who could stop our province from voting in an unapologetic neo-con.

The Not Doug website has certainly done its homework, with some historically nasty Doug Ford moments. The worst is what Doug Ford had to say concerning a residential treatment home for autistic teens. Ford said that presence of the home in Etobicoke has, "ruined the community."

Yikes. I don't think Trump could have come up with anything worse. Well…

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