In light of all my posts in the recent Toronto Municipal election, I expected a ton of search engine hits which were political in nature and I was not disappointed.
What did make me laugh, however, were the REALLY odd terms which brought people here.
I feel like sharing tonight.
Here is the list beginning with the most frequent used search term(s), then a dash (-) then my comment;
dusan kralik ward 23 – This of course brought people here to check out my piece on my friend Dusan, who came in 2nd in Ward 23.
urban daddy – Errr, that’s me!
reasons to vote for rob ford – People who typed that into Google would be very happy if they read my many posts on the reasons to vote for Rob Ford.
nescafe encore chicory – Yes, I did write a post on this coffee – which is my favourite instant coffee, but might be surpassed by Starbucks VIA Colombia.
beth mclellan ward 21 – Beth ran in my ward, and while she got some positive publicity, she came a distant 4th in the polls. Better luck in 2014 Beth.
urbandaddy.com – If you searched this and wound up here, I’m sorry. Tell that website to change their URL!
captain lou albano – Geez… Still. What’s the fascination with Captain Lou? Sure I get thousands of hits a year to my post about his life and death, but people please…
toronto george smitherman donor list – First of all, I’m not on this list, secondly, if I had it, do you think I’d be hiding it like George still is…
why you shouldnt vote for ford – Yeah, this site is not going to please you if you are looking for reasons to NOT have voted for Rob Ford…
will rob ford cut transit – Well, I can’t see him removing transit already in use, and I cannot see him allowing another St.Clair fiasco, so you might want to ask him instead of asking Google.
1717 avenue road 2010 – Yup, this monstrosity is almost complete and believe it or not it almost cost Councillor Karen Stintz her seat. Shame considering that moron who hijacked the process still remains nameless…
is george smitherman a daddy – Yes.
toronto google street view garbage – You really expect to come to this quality website in order to see street view of garbage?!? Dude, if the street view shows garbage, it’s been picked up already… Duh!
work permit starbucks canada hrsdc? – Do you need a work permit from Human Resources Social Development Canada to drink in Starbucks or work in Starbucks? Well, it depends… Where are you and what are you drinking?!?
capt lou albano and cindy lauper – The only search term worse that just Captain Lou…
dusan kralik + liberal party – Bet you left here disappointed… Dusan is NOT a member of the Liberal machine!
can i vote out of the area in live – Like for President of the US? Or you live in the boonies and want to vote for Mayor of Toronto… This answer is a resounding no! Puhleeze…
toronto vote tax impact – Convoluted search terms like that brought you here. Sucker!!! Try again.
trip to the dentist for a filling – Thanks for sharing…
dusan kralik urban daddy – He is NOT the urban daddy, but a friend of urban daddy.
why i should not vote ford – You should not vote Ford because you researched policies of the other 23 candidates for Mayor and found one that better suited your needs, not because some guys blog tells you otherwise… Oh, shit… That’s not good to point out.
urban daddy people who work there – Umm, me. Just me.
will rob ford toronto mayor cut summer – I guarantee, Rob Ford will NOT cut summer.
10 reasons to vte for rob ford – I’ll give you one reason… A vte for Ford will give you your “o” back.
why should i vote for george smitherman – You too were disappointed because the only reason I would have posted on this blog was the prevailing reason those on the left used, that Rob is fat… So if you knew that already, you wasted your time here, but thanks for the hit.
robert ford campaign promises ttc – News flash… We already have the TTC in Toronto. Plus all candidates wanted to improve the better way. In order to optimize your search you probably should have typed, “Rob Ford campaign promises for the TTC”. That way you could hit all the left-wing media and bloggers who would tell you that he wants to rip it up.
why dont my boys want to play sports – Maybe because you google it looking for an answer instead of asking them… Do you even have kids?!?
adam vaughan fraternity – That would be Alpha, Beta, Nerd. And yes, Vaughan wants to remove the frat houses on U of T grounds. But you lefties voted for him instead of Mike Yen… I don’t want to say I told you so.
george smitherman ehealth – Scandalous. $1 billion dollars of taxpayers money wasted under his watch, you stupid Torontonians voted for him anyways. What that tells me is that those who live in the downtown core are either too far left of centre to have any hope, or they voted with their eyes and not brains. Then again, maybe they’re just that rich and wealthy that they don’t care about paying REALLY high taxes for REALLY shitty services…
chicory instant coffee 70s – I did write a post on Encore instant coffee earlier, but someone is having a flashback on the 70’s. Dude!
dusn father mine by j.r. ward com on aud – The person who typed this was not speaking English at the time…
All in all, thank you for your visits.
Feel free to leave comments.
In effort to get to know you all better and hopefully draw out some lurkers, I have a special Thursday Thirteen meant for you.
This week’s Thursday Thirteen is 13 question I really want to know about you!
13. When did you start blogging?
12. What did / do you hope to achieve from it?
11. Was is your favourite post about?
10. What was your first post about?
9. What is your last post about?
8. What is your URL?
7. What was the worst comment you have ever received?
6. If you could change anything about your blog, what would it be?
5. Do your family / friends know you are a famous blogger?
4. Do they read your posts?
3. Have you ever used your blog alias for personal gain?
2. When someone comments on your blog, what do you then do with their comment? Email them? Reply? Visit their blog? All of the above?
1. Have you ever guest blogged? Would you like to?
So you live in Toronto, or surrounding area, and all you know how to do is to vote for the Liberals, I get that. I really do. But I think this time around, you are going to have to take a really hard look at who you are voting for if you cast your ballot for George Smitherman on October 25th.
Let’s put aside some of his past transgressions and look at the newest matter which came to light.
Let’s cast aside the campaign asking you to vote for George because Rob Ford is fat. Forget that Ford had a run in with the law and was intoxicated at a hockey game. I know many of you who still follow sports stars like Tiger Woods, or Kobe Bryant, and even celebrities who have done much worse. Plus seriously… How do these personal matters impact Ford’s ability to run a city budget?
They don’t… Unless you are a frequent drinker of the Liberal cool-aid, then it matters who the rest of the world is going to view Ford. Personally, I care more about the condition of our roads and what programs I can take my kids to, than what the Mayor of Calgary (for example) thinks of Ford.
Still with me?
Let’s make strike 1 for the George the eHealth scandal. He refuses to talk about it because, why? It makes him look bad as a leader. Heck, if I was him, I wouldn’t talk about it either. But it happened under his watch. Sure maybe not the whole billion dollars, maybe it was only $750 million dollars, but wouldn’t you like to be able to squander those kinds of funds without having to be accountable for it?
Strike 2. Well strike 2 came a couple days ago when the Auditor General Report came out showing that the Ontario Health Ministry granted “millions [of dollars] in sole-source contracts while Smitherman was in charge of the file. This health ministry approved at leat $9.5 million dollars of untendered consulting contracts between 2004 and 2009 – Smitherman was the health minister from late 2003 until June 30th, 2008.
But Toronto is Liberal-town, so Smitherman’s response…He said eHealth was not created while he was minister. Not his fault. And for the huge consulting contracts given to those on his inner circle? The ones given without taking bids from other companies? They were all legit. And he expects you to believe him. Rob Ford is fat, remember…
Maybe I’m so pissed off that people are going to vote for Smitherman, not because he has wasted billions of dollars of your tax money and my tax money, but because I never became a Liberal insider and set up my own “consulting” company.
If I did, I’d be rich!
But heck, the last strike against Smitherman came via the Toronto Star of all places – the Liberal media centre who has endorsed Smitherman on numerous occasions. The Star, you see, does not like the secrecy that Smitherman has surrounding his campaign donation list.
Both Rob Ford and Joe Pantalone have released their campaign donor lists, but George Smitherman is refusing to divulge his until after the election.
Ford’s campaign figures show that he was able to raise about $700,000, Pantalone about $850,000. Both are well under the $1.3 million limit. Smitherman’s campaign, however, says it won’t release his list early, as has been the tradition in the past two elections, but will do so “in compliance with the law” after Monday’s vote. That leads me, and the Star to wonder, what is George hiding?
Robert MacDermid, my former professor at York University, who taught me law and electoral reform, also doubles as an expert on election and party financing, said in the Star and on AM640 this morning that citizens deserve to know who is giving to which campaigns and Smitherman’s decision to hold off on releasing his donor list does a disservice to voters.
“It’s a shame that he’s done that. It’s a statement about how he views strengthening municipal campaign financing, which needs to be strengthened,” MacDermid said. “It makes you wonder where he stands on this issue — and what he’s got to hide.”
While it’s unclear why Smitherman is keeping his list secret for now, MacDermid suggested that poor record-keeping is not likely to blame.
“It wouldn’t be sensible to say that it was some sort of shortcoming in their record-keeping. Campaigns keep pretty diligent records of who gives money,” MacDermid said.
Is this not the same George Smitherman who on his website, right here in fact; http://www.georgesmitherman.ca/issues.html#opengov asks you to vote for him because there is a “lack of transparacy at City Hall”.
Follow the link to his website. “Mayoral candidate George Smitherman wants to take action on transparency and local democracy.” He uses words like; open government” and “open standards”. He wants “open data access” and to “open up the whole process”.
He just doesn’t want to open it up for you to see. Until he is elected, of course.
George, that is strike 3, and you are out!
Now, who is Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty going to blame during the provincial election next year when Conservative leader Tim Hudek comes calling about the waste, and additional taxes that have been allowed under the Provincial Liberal Party?? That is why Hudek will be the next Premier of Ontario. The “gravey train” stops here, Ontario!!!
He’s going to blame you, George. Especially when our energy bills come out in the winter and we see that massive increase. That was under your care as Energy Minister, right George? Tax and Spend!
Then all the Liberal-lovers in Toronto can take a huge sigh of relief that they voted for Rob Ford.
I had to come clean here.
I like the TV show “Glee”.
I actually like it a lot. I loved the episode on funk music and yes, I do find some of it rather quirky, like the kid in the wheelchair being allowed to play football, but all in all the show is pretty great.
Then I heard that some of the characters did a photo shoot in GQ (see link below)
… and I heard there was some sort of uproar because they play high-school characters on this show, yet in real life the girls are 24 years old and the boy is 28!
Some group referred to as the PTC – something about parenting, TV and council – called this photo shoot “paedofilia”. Seriously???
In the age of Miley Cyrus – all of 17 years old – whoring it up in videos and with other “starlets” like Britany Spears, and Lindsay Lohan stepping out sans panties with very public drug, baby and mental instability issues, why take a run at Glee?
Maybe they’re pissed off that they didn’t know these “kids” were so old? I didn’t know until I saw this article. Busted, eh?
Do these actors not deserve an opportunity to get publicity for their show and for themsleves? They won’t be able to do Glee forever unless they become the teachers. LOL. It’s not like they’re being caught by the paparazzi drunk or stoned, or without underwear. They posed for a shooot, meant to be provocative in order to get publicity, and thanks to groups like the PTC, they are getting more than enough – geez, even I’m commenting on it.
I think the cast of Glee needs to include the PTC on their X-mas card list this year for keeping them in the news.
Hey, maybe the PTC really does love the show too!
But what do you think? Do you watch this show? Have you seen the photoshoot? Are you offended?
I don’t normally endorse candidates… Wait, yes I do. So I am formally endorsing Dusan Kralik to run in the Ward I grew up in, Ward 23.
Let me tell you a little about Dusan to give you some reasons why you might want to vote for him.
I met Dusan a good 20 years ago when he first came to Canada from Slovakia. He was introduced to me by my friend, Mike Yen, who is running in Ward 20. Mike was playing on my ball hockey team – we met in University, and Dusan is a former professional hockey player who was hampered by arthritis in his hip and was unable to make the NHL.
As a ball hockey player, Dusan was awesome! As a human being, I cannot describe what a great guy he is. He would give the shirt off his back to help anoyne (he did actually give me one of his pro jerseys which I still cherish).
I remember standing in the dressing room after a particularly difficult loss, trying to motivate the team, and keep players from losting faith in each other and this (then) very quiet usan yelled out to the team, Hey guys! Shut up and listen to the Couch!”
“Did you call me a couch?” I said to him with a smile on my face.
“Yes! You are Couch!!!” he said very seriously.
“Dusan, I’m a COACH… Not a COUCH. You sit on a couch.”
The tension in the dressing room disappered and we ended up a very strong season on the winning track.
He knows what to do to get the job done.
So back to why he would be a great councillor for Ward 23.
1) He cares about the community. He has talked to a LOT of people and he knows what irritates them in the community and across the city. He’d be taking that to City Hall.
2) He’s been though a lot and appreciated Canada, specifically Toronto. He wants to give back.
3) He’s a businessman, so he’s not going to council without a plan and knowledge of what to do.
4) He’s a great guy who will be accessable and represent the Ward with all he has. He doesn’t know the meaning of the word “quit”.
If I was in that Ward, I would be voting for him.
Here is his website;
I think this quote from his website says it all about this man running for City Councillor;
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones”