Sunday, April 21, 2019

Doug Ford and Donald Trump

There's a recording somewhere of Doug Ford talking on the phone with the mother of an autistic child. She had complained to his office about what his changes to autism funding in the province were doing to her family and so he called her. I didn't listen to the recording because the sight of the man's face (with that maniacal, artificial grin) and his voice (stupid, arrogant bellowing) disgust me. But there's one part of the recording where Ford attempts to sympathize with the woman's struggles and he tells her she deserves a gold medal. She tells him she doesn't want a medal. She wants sane policy.

Now, some people might take the fact that Ford reached out to a member of the public and tried to explain what he was doing and also expressed his sympathy for her, as evidence that he cares what his constituents think, that he believes he's doing the right thing, and that he's not a heartless thug.

My take on it is that if he believes he's doing the right thing, then he's stupid. I'm pretty sure that Doug hasn't thought too much about anything that he's doing. Cutting taxes and cutting government are (in the right-wing world he inhabits) simply magical actions that produce magical results of growth and prosperity and sticking it to "libtards." One he's set on an idea, that's it. Nothing more to think about. Therefore, he'll confidently get on the phone with someone on the receiving end of his blithering idiocy and attempt to sell it to her. Obviously, this will go badly for him because his policy is based on ignorance and delusion. As far as his expression of sympathy, reading the transcript reminded me of nothing so much as the feigned concern of a bully after they've hurt someone. After they've injured someone they'll ask "Are you okay?" Maybe their rage has passed and they're semi-concerned. But more likely they're sociopaths. They arrogantly imagine that if they affect the sounds and the words of a person who cares about another person, then that acting job coupled with their own special greatness, will make the recipient of their abuse feel better.

Moving onto Donald Trump. The man had already lowered himself beyond redemption but I have to say that his vetoing of a bipartisan resolution to end US support for the Saudi-led genocide in Yemen is historically monstrous. Millions of lives. Millions of innocent men, women and children, are going to continue to die because Trump, the moral imbecile, doesn't want to affect the profits of US weapons manufacturers. This is testimony to the supreme moral degeneracy of the US political class. Obama and H.R. Clinton both countenanced this mass-murder. And Trump is using Obama's legal weasel-reasoning on Libya to justify his veto. And everybody's so fixated on this stupid Mueller Report that the continued US support for the slaughter of MILLIONS of people will quickly disappear from the news-cycle.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Doug Ford's Doings

"My friends!" Doug Ford likes to say ... "Help is on the way!" Now, just like the ignoramuses in the USA who were ignorant of Donald Trump's serial acts of con-artistry; ignorant of his hypocrisy, entitlement, etc., etc., ... who voted for him because said he'd bring their jobs back; there are ignoramuses in Ontario who looked at the disgusting neo-liberalism and corruption of the Ontario Liberals and thought they'd replace them with the "straight-talking" Doug Ford. Ford, after all, was "for the people." He was for "the little guy." (Just like their favourite newspaper The Toronto Sun is for the "little guy." So long as he conforms to the dominant white culture and knows his place and only complains about liberals and socialists.)

So, how's that working out? Disastrous obviously.

Doug Ford canceled the scheduled minimum wage increase to $15 an hour. Leaving it at the $14 per hour that Kathleen Wynne had raised it to. Given that more people are working at or near the minimum wage than ever before, this is a wholesale attack on the well-being of the "little guys and gals" that Ford is constantly bellowing about. The whole policy is premised on discredited right-wing bullshit theories and because Ford, as an employer, is very much opposed to the "little guy" class that he is in opposition to.

In burst of petulance, Ford reduced the size of Toronto City Council by one-half, DURING AN ELECTION. This is because Ford is dimly aware that he's a stupid fuck-face and Toronto City Council was one of the first and only places where people were not cowed by him and they informed him of his ignorance and stupidity on a daily basis. And, let me tell you something my friends, that hurt. Hurt bad. Ford was even prepared to utilize the "notwithstanding clause" of the Constitution to get his way.

Doug Ford cut funding for autistic children. Then, when there were howls of outrage, he came up with some stupid, brain-dead formula of yearly allowances for families, based on the idea that all autistic kids are the same and that there should be an income cut-off line.

Doug Ford is cutting the education budget, reducing the number of teachers employed, increasing class sizes, and imposing online classes. The whole thing has been a disastrous, needless cluster-fuck. Doug Ford did not campaign on cutting the education system. Doug Ford is a lying, stinking, criminal piece of human garbage. Predictably, he responded to a massive protest against his cuts as being organized and led by "union bosses and thugs." (That's called "projection." After all, Doug Ford has been found to have ordered all his MPPs to stand up and applaud him like trained seals and he ejects from the caucus anyone who refuses to debase themselves on his behalf.)

Doug Ford cut funding for women's shelters. Because, you know, there's a lot of waste and inefficiencies there and ... for gawd's sake, I can't stand it.

While Ford has been cutting public services and demanding restraint from everyone else, he put an inordinate amount of time trying to get family friend, Ron Taverner, to be the head of the OPP. Taverner might have been among those cops who informed Rob Ford (and Doug) about the Toronto Police Service's surveillance of Rob as that nitwit was staggering around town and smoking crack with gangsters. Ford changed the job requirements for the OPP Chief so that Taverner could apply, fired the cop who called him on it and then sharted himself.

Doug Ford never imagines that he has to set a good example for anyone. While he's been slashing services he asked the OPP to build him a van for his personal use and put it on their own budget. "Pimp my ride."

And, of course, being a stupid, super-corrupt, callous, ignorant, barf-ugly, yellow-haired, bloated freak, Doug Ford has decided to privatize the health care system entirely. He's invented a super-committee that can make decisions without questions or even oversight to do this.

This leaves out a lot of Doug Ford's other super-stupidity. But my typing fingers are getting tired.

Remember, this scum-bag campaigned on a nothing platform. He said that services wouldn't be cut. Jobs wouldn't be lost. But he's taken a meat cleaver and a bone saw to so much. And, personally, I'm sick of it. I'm sick of ignorant, racist, know-nothings voting for human garbage like this. And, given the fact that "conservative" voters and the "conservative" media have no problem defecating on the principles of representative democracy, and given the fact that their ignorance, stupidity and hypocrisy negatively impact my life, I have no problem with anyone, anywhere, going absolutely ape-shit to stop this bloated, ugly goon and his entire swarm of sycophants and shit-heads.

We don't need to wait four years to take a baseball bat to the skull of Doug Ford's government.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Thoughts on Doug Ford

Lately I've been writing condemnations of "progressives." Because that's the team that I used to play on. They're the folks whose values seemed to line-up with my own. Also, in general, they appear to be far less stupid than what passes for thinking on the right-wing of the political spectrum. So it pains me to see them lose their minds over things like "Russia-gate" or to become shameless hacks for neo-liberal political parties. That is why I have yet another post critiquing progressives' stupidity underway. But lately, I've been growing increasingly disgusted with Ontario's premier, Doug Ford, and I think it's high time I wrote some thoughts about him.

Doug Ford is a piece of human garbage. A waste of rancid sperm. He's a discharge of santorum that somehow learned to walk and bray like a donkey.

Doug Ford as premier is an indictment of our society. It shows us that gigantic stupidity is not some unique product of US-American arrogance and capitalist junk-culture.

I don't know if Doug Ford's dad was genuinely stupid. (He did build a successful business after all.) But it's clear from his outbursts as an MPP in the murderously racist and incompetent and corrupt government of Mike Harris, that he was a complete asshole. And maybe him and Mrs. Ford weren't shitty parents. But the fact that two of Doug's siblings became hopeless drug addicts, and that his younger brother Rob grew up to be the extended version of Chris Farley's "Tommy Boy" (and an international embarrassment) while Doug himself has grown up to be a crude bully, fat tub of shit, corrupt, moronic, disgusting idiot, doesn't say a lot for their parenting skills.

Doug joined Toronto City Council, after previous careers as a high school drug dealer, college drop-out and beneficiary of nepotism at his father's business. This career move was inspired by jealousy over his fuck-up brother becoming Toronto's most lovable right-wing train-wreak (homophobe/ignoramus/etc.) councilor and then mayor. As councilor, Doug developed a reputation for being a thuggish, bullying, sinister and stupid presence at city hall. Rob ran for re-election as mayor despite having been shown on video smoking crack cocaine with gangsters. (This was difficult to reconcile with his stated "zero tolerance for drugs and gangs.") But Rob Ford wasn't your normal type of mayor. First of all, Canadian culture has a lot of built-in sympathy for a guy like him. To begin with, he was a white male. He liked sports. He was heterosexual. He liked booze. He liked food. When he shot-off his mouth he said things that mainstream Canadians like: He hated government spending, taxes, unions, environmentalists, uppity women and uppity minorities.

[Here's a thought-experiment: Imagine a female Rob Ford. How many guys who pumped their fists and roared "YAHHHHH!" when Rob Ford did or said something stupid would also cheer if a very overweight, drunken, crude middle-aged woman did or said the same thing?]

Ford's approval ratings went up after his crack-smoking allegations were confirmed. (On top of the people who celebrated Ford as the embodiment of their own secret gluttony and bigotry, there were also a lot of people who thought Ford was a funny joke and they wanted to keep it going.) Doug was running for re-election as councilor and Rob was on his way to winning re-election as mayor when he was diagnosed with cancer. Doug took over as mayoral candidate in Rob's place and almost won over another yammering silver-spoon incompetent, John Tory. (Rob Ford would lose his battle with cancer and died at the age of 46.)

Doug Ford served his term at Toronto City Council as the lackluster, factually-challenged, right-wing idiot that he is, while also taking the time to lose money for his father's firm and (allegedly) to stiff his brother's widow and their two children of the proceeds from Rob's estate. Then he orchestrated a coup against Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown and won the leadership race by signing-up Christo-fascist homophobes to support him by stating his unequivocal opposition to the Ontario Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne's new sex-education curriculum.

[I don't know all of the details of Wynne's sex-education reforms. But it did include valuable innovations regarding the importance of consent/personal safety in the internet age/and non-stupid presentation of the realities of GLBT issues. I've heard people complain that parents weren't consulted while other people say parents were consulted. One co-worker told me he heard it taught five year-olds about oral sex. I came up with the astonishing idea of investigating that claim online and we both found it to be false. I know that a lot of religious parents, who would disown, beat or kill their own children if they came-out as gay, because their stupid imaginary gods order them to, had a great deal of difficulty with legislation that didn't pander to their religious delusions.]

And so, with the support of religious bigots and imbeciles, as well as the support of a great deal of Ontario's business class, as well as support from bottom-feeding right-wing chumps, racists, closet-cases and other assorted fuck-ups, Doug Ford won a majority government. It's "The Common Sense Revolution" all over again.

As usual, Liberal hacks are spinning all of this as being Ontarians' punishment for not voting Liberal. And, while it is our dismal reality to live within an electorate comprised of people so debased that they vote for excrement like Doug Ford, the majority of voters are not so constituted. And the Ontario Liberals took them for granted. I was a constant critic of the Ontario Liberals austerity fetish and their massive corruption.  Just as I say to the hopeless Hillary-bots: We don't owe you our votes. You have to win them. If you'd rather pamper your plutocratic donor class than win elections, that's your decision.

According to these demented centrists, ordinary people must resign themselves to two choices: Monsters like Donald Trump and Doug Ford; or corrupt, miserable, austerity-pushing, semi-social progressives like the Democrats and the Liberals. And we are, supposedly, supposed to engage in this depressing progress forever until ecocidal capitalism makes our planet uninhabitable.

Of course, when it comes to corruption, it's unfair to ignore the gigantic hypocrisy and brazen thievery of "conservatives." We all lived through the harper years. We know the depths these scum will happily sink to. And now we have Doug Ford. Again, a spoiled entitled brat. Mismanaging the family firm that he inherited. An enabler of his brother's self-destructive, illegal behaviour. Now he's in charge of Canada's largest province. What's he doing?

I'll tell you tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

"Russia-gaters" gonna hate

"It ain't over till it's over!" shouted Yogi Berra. And he was right! This appears to be the mentality of the people who have been shrieking "TREASON!!!" at the top of their lungs for the last 2+ years. But in this case (unlike Berra) I think they're wrong. Sure, we haven't seen the report. But Mueller hasn't spoken out against anyone who says that his inquiry found no evidence of collusion. So I'm 99% sure that he found no evidence of collusion.

Monday, March 25, 2019

"Russia-gate" Dead-Enders

So, Robert Mueller ... you remember him? This guy:

Had somehow morphed into this:

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Fake Scandal and the Toxic Trudeau Haters Part III

So, to review from parts I and II, ... It is upsetting that the Trudeau government interfered with the independence of the legal system on behalf of the powerful, Liberal-supporting, super-corrupt engineering firm SNC-Lavalin for crass political purposes. And it is stupid, self-defeating behaviour for self-proclaimed "progressives" to twist themselves into pretzels trying to defend this sleazy behaviour, just because the main opposition party is worse.

It is the way that these "progressives" ignore reality, put their fingers in their ears and shout "I can't hear you!" and become apologists for all sorts of evils, that I want to address with this post. (This applies to all partisans of all stripes. I said the same sorts of things to nearby NDP'rs who tried to defend Bob Rae against leftist critics [like me] by saying that we HAD to stick with him because the opposition was worse. It obviously applies to the mental wreaks who inhabit the Conservative Party of Canada. But such stupidity is to be expected from those types and they're most all of them, beyond redemption.)

I do not worship at the altar of St. Jody Wilson-Raybould. Firstly, I didn't pay much attention to her. Apparently the Mound of Sound did. He was highly critical of her legislation in response to the Supreme Court's ruling that the terminally ill have a right to death with dignity. Peace and social justice activist Matthew Behrens has consistently criticized her (along with her new friend and ally Jane Philpott and the entire Trudeau government) for their continued abuse of Canada's First Nations.

Was Wilson-Raybould angry at being demoted from the post of attorney-general? It seems so.

Bah! Blogging doesn't pay. I'll end this series by simply saying that Jody Wilson-Raybould might just be resentful of being demoted. Regardless, the asshat Liberal partisans are embarrassing themselves with lie after lie and smear after smear and denial after denial. They're spinning EVERYTHING as if it's Saint Justin Trudeau vs. All The Hordes of Hell. In so doing, they're imitating their shit-head cousins in the USA. The Hillary-bot dead-enders who refuse to accept reality and then stumble about in a daze wondering why everyone hates them.

Yes. Andrew Scheer is a hateful, Christo-fascist nazi just like the human garbage he panders to. The Conservative Party of Canada is a hate group and their existence as a party is an indictment of our culture.

That doesn't mean the Liberals aren't a different form of slime.

We're all idiots.

I can't take it anymore.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Fake Scandal and the Toxic Trudeau Haters Part II

When I first heard about the accusations that Jody Wilson-Raybould had been removed as Attorney General because she insisted on prosecuting SNC-Lavalin, rather than allow the corporation to have a Deferred Prosecution Agreement, my ears perked up. You see, it's a pet-peeve of mine the way corporate criminals and fraudsters are almost never held accountable for their actions in this country.

Billionaire whining asswipe, untalented golden-spoon fuck-face Galen Weston's family-owned "Weston Bakeries" conspired with big supermarket chains (including Galen Weston's own "Loblaws") to fix bread prices for FOURTEEN years. Supposedly lil' Galen is really stupid and incompetent. Because he never knew about this all the years it was going on. Unnamed middle-managers supposedly did all of this and AS SOON AS GALEN FOUND OUT ABOUT IT he went to the government and promised his full cooperation in rooting-out the evildoers. It's either that or (much more likely) Galen Weston was very much a part of this conspiracy and someone tipped him off that an investigation was underway and came up with the bullshit story about how he was innocent of any knowledge as to what was going on FOR YEARS at two firms that he, himself ran. He was "cooperating" and so he could go back to the hard work of denying his companies' employees a living wage.

Bell is found to have been coercing employees to upsell customers with services that they neither want or need; gouging customers for services that aren't delivered, and lying about costs. Sickeningly, employees were told to refuse requests from relatives of deceased customers to cancel services and, instead, upsell them on new ones. Through a shameless wreak of a human being (called a "public-relations representative") Bell lied and insisted that none of these accusations of fraud and bullying (coming from thousands of customers and dozens of employees) were true. Don't worry though. A CRTC investigation might happen any decade now.

Leaks from two offshore tax-havens showed that Canadian corporations and wealthy individuals were illegally stashing their money there. The Canada Revenue Agency has done sweet fuck all to try to recover these funds. Apparently these wealthy people can hire top legal talent and it's expensive to take them on. CRA (and the Canadian federal government) simply don't have the resources to match any of these scofflaws, win in court with the fucking evidence handed to them on a silver platter, and make an example of even one of these assholes and hold them liable for the costs of having to prosecute them. Nope. Instead CRA is going after ordinary schmucks for alleged Child Benefit "over-payments" and forcing people to jump through hoops to prove they're entitled to the money. Because these targets of harassment can't afford fancy lawyers and fight back. Predators go after the weak.

So yeah, I was interested to hear that super-corrupt SNC-Lavalin might have had a non-compliant Attorney-General/Justice Minister removed because she wouldn't act in their favour. I didn't know the whole story. These were rumours based on anonymous sources. But it was serious stuff.

I didn't even know Canada had Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA's)at the time this story came out. Turns out that was part of the plan of the giant Liberal omnibus bill. Just like harper's regime: Use a majority to ram-through lots of legislative changes with little parliamentary oversight or debate. DPA's were created at the behest of SNC-Lavalin by the way. So there's that. All-in-all, pretty sleazy.

Well, that's enough non-paying blogging for one day. I'll post this AZ-IZ and finish it in my own sweet time. You the few, proud and brave readers of mine can come back in a few days and it'll probably be finished.

Right. So, continuing ... In Canada the Attorney General also serves as Justice Minister. Supposedly this had its origins in Sir John A. [let's starve the Plains Indians to death] Macdonald wanting to have as much power centered on his own person or something like that. But it puts the Attorney General in a bind. As Justice Minister they have to support the government in which they serve while as the Attorney General they are expected, nay obligated, to enforce the law without fear or favour to any party, including their own.

Do you understand this? The Attorney General is supposed to protect the rule-of-law and not act in a partisan manner. This means (among other scenarios) that if a member of the government or one of its "friends" (such as a wealthy benefactor of the party who can also provide lucrative post-government employment to said government's members) violates the laws, the Attorney General must not bend the law to accommodate the government or its friends.

I'll now provide two sources to illustrate how this pertains to JWR and SNC-Lavalin. First of all, there's the Tyee, with a very restrained, objective summary of the events and their significance. In "Five Facts to Help You Assess the SNC-Lavalin Affair," Paul Willcocks offers analysis that both mitigates the extent of the scandal but also clearly illustrates the troubling aspects of the Trudeau government's behaviour. And it's because a certain faux-progressive, partisan wingnut has been screeching hysterically about how this is all a "fake scandal" that I will focus on what Willcocks shows is the scandalous part:

Second, it is wrong ethically — and perhaps legally — for those same people to press Wilson-Raybould to shut down the prosecution because it’s bad for the Liberal Party of Canada. That would be a fundamental subversion of the justice system, a confirmation that there is one law for the politically well-connected and another for the rest of us. Wilson-Raybould says that she was repeatedly pressured to intervene on the basis of partisan political interests.
As soon as politicians can decide who face charges and who doesn’t, justice ends and cronyism and corruption begin. Again, Wilson-Raybould’s evidence suggests that line was crossed by pressure from the most powerful long after her decision was made, including “veiled threats.”
No one has denied pressuring Wilson-Raybould or raising partisan political concerns as reasons to allow SNC-Lavalin to avoid prosecution. No one has challenged her evidence to the committee about meetings and phone calls and “veiled threats” aimed at heading off the criminal charges.
Perhaps they will. The justice committee will hear from more witnesses.

Again, the entire article looks at the issue as a whole and is quite objective and fair. I'll point out that Willcocks wrote his piece on March 4th and that Justin Trudeau's long-time friend and [now] former principal secretary Gerald Butts would testify before the Justice Committee on March 6th and attempt to challenge JWR's interpretation of events.

Now, for my next source, I'm sure Liberal partisans and apologists will sneer, but as I said here (and on other occasions), Andrew Coyne showed himself to be a principled defender of Parliament and a consistent critic of stephen harper's abuses of it. As such, while I have agreed with Trudeau-groupie Montreal Simon that some of Coyne's criticisms of Trudeau have been overblown or even unjust, I have no qualms on using him as a source here.

Coyne gets to the heart of the matter (and dismisses the rancid Liberal hypocrisy) in this editorial: "If the system truly worked it would not hang on the defiance of one woman":

One response is to say: the system worked! Rather than dwell on the many attempts by officials up to and including the prime minister to subvert a criminal prosecution for nakedly partisan ends, we should instead give thanks, it is suggested, that their efforts did not succeed.
The shields held, that is, despite his own best efforts, and those of the various other political staff, ministers and civil servants sent to undermine and overwhelm them. The shields, in fact, amounted to one person, Wilson-Raybould, and her refusal to submit to the demands of the prime minister and his delegates to do something unprecedented and probably unlawful: interfere in a prosecution to suit the partisan interests of the government.
This Liberal stupidity reminds me of the desperate flailing of harper-apologists when the Conservative's electoral fraud in 2011 election was being uncovered. Then, those shameless, stupid, anti-democratic scum farted out how it couldn't be proven that anybody sent to a phony voting address failed to vote and that therefore there was no crime. (I even recall the Con lawyer insisting that it was an insult to Canadians' democratic spirit to believe they'd let his party's criminal activity stymie our determination to exercise our franchise.)

Coyne continues:
So the glass may is 10 per cent full, perhaps. The former attorney general was indeed able, while she remained in office, to prevent the prime minister and his flunkies from trampling all over the independence of the prosecutor. The precedent was averted of a wealthy corporation with a history of bribery and corruption escaping prosecution by lobbying everything that moves and threatening to shift its headquarters out of a politically sensitive province.  ...  If the system were really working as it should, basic constitutional norms like prosecutorial independence would not hang on one woman’s defiance. If the system really worked, the minister of justice and attorney general of Canada would not have had to listen to lectures from unelected political staffers and supposedly non-partisan civil servants on the need to submit the rule of law to the higher demands of Liberal election strategy.
Coyne makes it crystal clear: The rule of law and the independence of the judiciary count for more than the government party's self-interest. Now, we can argue whether the Trudeau government really stepped over the line or not. But what brazen Liberal apologists are doing is showing us that they don't even understand the importance of this issue.

In a later editorial, "It was Wilson-Raybould's decision to make, as long as she decided it their way" Coyne examines Gerald Butts' [not under oath] testimony to the Justice Committee. Coyne argues that Butts' friendly, seemingly open manner betrayed a complete failure to appreciate the principle of judicial autonomy, incoherence, and a determined effort to not understand what constitutes "pressure" and what Wilson-Raybould said about it.

Pathetic Liberal hacks have made sport out of how JWR was only asked eleven times about her decision to allow prosecution against SNC-Lavalin. When you tell someone "It's your decision" and then you question that decision ELEVEN TIMES it should be clear to anyone who isn't a total shithead that the sentence "It's your decision" is a lie. And, when it's a decision made by the goddamned Attorney General and it is very much their decision by custom and convention and by the rule-of-law, then this constitutes interference.
The emphasis of Butts’s testimony was that the sustained and mounting pressure the former attorney general said she was under — from ministers, political staff, civil servants and the prime minister himself — was not really pressure at all. Or if it was, it was merely pressure to seek an outside legal opinion on the matter, perhaps from a former Supreme Court justice.
Various reasons were presented as to why this was justified. Wilson-Raybould had taken only 12 days to arrive at her decision not to overrule the DPP. The law permitting prosecutors to negotiate remediation agreements was “new,” having only been passed (in response to years of lobbying by SNC-Lavalin) earlier that year. Decisions on prosecutions are never final, but must be constantly reassessed in light of fresh evidence. And, of course, those 9,000 SNC-Lavalin jobs that were supposedly at stake. ... All of these may (or may not) be true. They’re just not anyone’s business but the attorney general’s, and the DPP’s. It is not relevant, as a matter of law, what the prime minister, or Butts, or anyone else outside the attorney general’s office, thinks about Wilson-Raybould’s decision-making process, or the new law, or what fresh evidence there might be. Those are considerations exclusively for the DPP, or in exceptional circumstances, the attorney general.
Just so, she was told: the decision was hers and hers alone to make. She was the “final decision-maker.” Only the decision was also “never final.” She could make it, that is, but she would have everyone from the prime minister on down coming back to her again and again — not because there was any fresh evidence, but just because they could — all the while implicitly questioning her judgment, in the sly form of that repeated suggestion that she seek an outside legal opinion.
This last is a distraction. The attorney general has available to her all the legal advice she requires. The only point of demanding she seek a second opinion was because they did not like the first.
And then there's Butts nonsensical testimony that it wasn't until 2019 that he learned of JWR's discomfiture:
Ah, but if she felt this was interference, Butts wondered aloud, why didn’t she tell anyone? If she had made up her mind, why didn’t she say anything?
According to her testimony, she did: to the prime minister, at their Sept. 17 meeting (“I told him that I had done my due diligence and made up my mind on SNC”); to the clerk, at the same meeting; to the finance minister on Sept. 19 (“I told him that engagements from his office to mine on SNC had to stop — that they were inappropriate”); to Matthieu Bouchard and Elder Marques, officials in the PMO, on Nov. 22 (“I said NO. My mind had been made up and they needed to stop – enough”); and to Butts himself, on Dec. 5 (“I needed everyone to stop talking to me about SNC as I had made up my mind and the engagements were inappropriate”).
Regardless of the obviousness of the truths that Coyne is telling, for some Liberal dead-enders, Butt's stupid, simpering testimony actually constituted "Blowing the fake scandal out of the water." It's everyone's right to question a legal decision. But in the process leading up to the making of any decision, the principle of the independence of the judiciary must be respected. This is especially so when the critic of the decision is the government. Butts demonstrates that he doesn't understand this and he willfully disregards JWR's testimony that she repeatedly told Trudeau, Butts and their henchmen to back-off.

Now, ex-Liberal blogger: The Mound of Sound has stated on several occasions that he's really not all that invested in this story. It's nothing compared to the scandal of the petro-state corruption that is causing Trudeau to betray the country and the world's future and push the carbon economy in the face of global warming. He's right about that. FWIW: I'm not all that consumed by it either. This country (and its progressives) have snored through the covering-up of torture and child-rape in Afghanistan. We have shrugged our shoulders (or cheered) the spitting upon responsible government. We have whined in impotence over the theft of the 2011 election. Contempt of Parliament. Global warming. Unilateral abrogation of treaties. Nothing is going to change. Certainly nothing I write is going to change anything.

What's motivated me to write is the sickening way that a former progressive comrade has mutated into a sickening embarrassment of a Liberal apologist. I have watched in dismay as Montreal Simon has ignored one Liberal scandal and betrayal after another to fixate on the way that the Conservatives have attacked Trudeau. Yes, Scheer and the Conservatives are disgusting. Yes; the Islamophobia, homophobia and the death-threats of these imbeciles are horrible things. But if you fail to honestly hold their opponents; the Liberals, the Greens, the Democrats, the NDP, whatever, to account, then your hypocrisy will only contribute to the stupid and useless polarization of our society into two warring-camps of idiots.

Regardless of what you might think about DPA's and their application to SNC-Lavalin; you MUST admit that even the potential of partisan interference in the Attorney-General's office on this is a serious issue. But from his very first post Simon has been carrying water for the Trudeau Liberals. Seeing the whole thing from the perspective of the Liberals. Instantly taking as gospel truth anything that undercuts JWR and that supports Trudeau. In short: shameless hackery.

In one of my first attempts to bring Simon back to reason as he began to soar to heights of partisan absurdity, he said "I haven't changed." That might be true. He despised the Conservatives and he still does. He never showed himself particularly interested in (or able to) critique anything more progressive than that.

Summarizing this hackery and its significance will be the topic of my next post.