Daily Prompt: Replacement

via Daily Prompt: Replacement

Thoughts swirling through my head around the word “replacement”.  In my life, what could replace me, or what (whom) could I replace?

What about in other aspects of society?  Where could the world benefit from replacement, aside from the office of the President of the United States of America where some recent decision scare the crap out of many, while bringing the “protectionist” US back to a time when they turned away other immigrants who were slaughtered by the Nazi’s.

Instead of having a “Trump” card, or a “Veto”, the US needs a “Replacement” vote which should allow the majority of their citizens to have stupid / racist / sexist decisions replaced by common sense ones.

Just a thought….


But about me, as a Dad, husband, and tax services professional – I recently had that conversation with my kids about my wife’s new best friend… Art.  She loves Art, and Art makes her feel good.

Art, you see, is not a person, but is what artists do, and my wife has become one seriously talented artist.  Watching her create is exciting and seeing the final product is awe inspiring, but I digress.  “Art” would be a suitable replacement for me.

My kids, however, wonder if “Art” were to be their next daddy, how “he” would treat them.

I told them since “Art” is not a real person, we could pretend that “Art” was really rich… like Bill Gates rich, and “Art” would buy them whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted… And then if “Art” had a huge family then it could help expand our super-small family.  That would be cool right?

They liked the thought, but felt that getting what they wanted, whenever they wanted would become boring after a while, and they kind of like me as their Dad… Awwww.

So “Art” would replace me as a husband, but not as a Dad, while common sense would replace dumb, racist political decisions.

Replacement might be the word of the day, but it offers the best opportunities for everyone to be happy.  At least I think it does.


Don’t Be a Twit on Twitter: Twitter adds tougher language to ban on hateful conduct, threats

It’s been a couple of weeks now since Twitter changed their rules of conduct to highlight the fact that violent threats and abusive behaviour are not tolerated, and I have to say I have noticed a bit of a difference.

Normally in my newsfeed I come across a few threads which are full out battles which include threats, racist or hate speech, negative stereotypes being used and full-on hate for someone because of how they were born.

So while I am seeing a reduction in this type of behaviour from nitwits, I’m not sure how these rules reduce the threat of extremists from using Twitter to recruit members and promote their illegal activities.

Personally, I’d like to see a case come up and then see how Twitter handles it.  The proof really is in the pudding, right?

The company has said: “The updated language emphasizes that Twitter will not tolerate behaviour intended to harass, intimidate, or use fear to silence another user’s voice. As always, we embrace and encourage diverse opinions and beliefs — but we will continue to take action on accounts that cross the line into abuse.”

So what has changed?  Well, the new language gives Twitter the authority to suspend or shutter any user account that engages in “hateful conduct” or whose “primary purpose is inciting harm towards others.”

But it’s not that this was allowed before, right?  Twitter has always said that users could not promote or threaten violence, but the new wording broadens the scope, by using language under “hateful conduct” like this:  “You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.”

The new policy also explicitly bans the creating of multiple accounts which contain the same users so that if one account is suspended the bad guys just use another account right away.

Ideally, the other thing Twitter needs to look at is the long inactive accounts which people want, and to open up a service whereby for either a small fee – possibly a donation – or by making a compelling case, they will close the inactive account and provide access to users who really want or need them for, I don’t know, their blogs maybe.

In my case, to be specific, the ideal twitter handle only had a few posts over a couple of years and then has fallen silent for the last 3 years, whereas I’ve been blogging under this name for over 11-years.  I’d love to get my hands on that account to clean up my social media but the owner of that account does not respond and Twitter does not do anything.

But I digress!

If people cannot be nice to each other and polite online, understanding that they are unlikely to change anyone’s view in 140 characters and with hateful language, they deserve to have their accounts pulled.

I hope to see Twitter take action and when they do, I hope it sends a message to the haters to lighten up and start being nice, or find another service.



Norwegian Cruise Lines Takes a Stand Against Racism. Tunisia No Longer a Port of Call.


Hats off to Norwegian Cruise Lines for their swift condemnation of the Tunisian Government for their last-minute decision to ban 20 Israeli travellers from disembarking the ship and entering Tunisia during a port of call.

Not was Norwegian Cruise Lines quick in their verbal condemnation, but they also notified the Tunisian government that they would no longer bring tourists to Tunisia on their cruises, as punishment for this narrow-minded clearly anti-Semitic decision.

Digging further, I discovered that they might be a visa situation in play here where visas are needed – or were needed – to allow Israelis to visit Tunisia and visa-versa, however, in this day and age, we are talking about 20 human beings who wanted to visit a country, shop in that country, and contribute to the economy of that country and if the government there can only see them as “Israeli” (and they could be Christian, Jewish or Arab Israeli) then they deserve the world’s scorn.

I do, however, wonder if this calls for a flotilla to Tunisia, or maybe the United Church of Canada, the largest Protestant church in Canada, who launched an official boycott of Israeli products because, “With these efforts, we join with many others striving to bring peace with justice to the Holy Land,” said United Church of Canada Moderator Gary Paterson. Maybe they want to boycott Tunisian products now because what’s fair is fair, right?

It’s not about the “Jewish people” but it’s about what is “fair”.

Here is a link to one of the many articles on this story.



Ahhhh, The weekend! A nice, warm, sunny weekened…
Well, today is audience participation day at this Urban Daddy’s blog.

I thought a good discussion topic for today’s post would revolve around me getting to know you a little better. Short of asking people to talk about themselves, I think I have a more creative way to get to know you better.

I have blogged about some current events (in my Urban Daddy bias, of course) and would love to hear your thoughts about these news items. This might help me better understand who is reading my posts. And don’t be shy! Someone just comment on an older post of mine that; “This blog contains the biggest pile of bullshit I have ever read!”.
I replied with the followng, “Thanks Mom!”

So don’t be shy.

The hot topics:

1) Federal Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff makes a stop at a Tim Hortons just off the 401 in Napanee July 14, as he crosses the country on a summer long tour.
Urban Daddy says: Someone needs to contact Iggy and tell him to stay home! Seriously, man… Why bother?!? He’s just wasting gas and… What exactly is this guy going to say / do that is going to make anyone care about him… In the summer. Iggy, you missed your spots. Go run the University of Toronto!
Conclusion: Going to Tim’s was the best decision he has ever made as Opposition Leader.

2) Mel Gibson. Punches, threatens and is downright nasty to pretty much everyone in real life, but on-screen seems like a pretty even-keel guy, even likable…

Urban Daddy says: … Until now… What goes around comes around! Hollywood is going to make this racist pay! At first when he insulted the “Jews” he was drunk, now he has been recorded (on 5 different tapes) verbally abusing and threatening his wife. Hollywood will not forgive him this time.
Conclusion: No amount of celebrity re-hab is going to save this senile Aussie. Although I do hear that the KKK are hiring…

3) Lindsay Lohan is going to jail for violating her probation. In court she was caught by camera with the words “fuck u” painted on her finger nail. She has hired OJ Simpson lawyer Robert Shapiro.
Urban Daddy says: 90 days is not enough time for this malcontent. Set an example with her sentance… Please!
Conclusion: For someone who had not “allegedly” killed someone or done something horrible (unless slowly killing herself with alcohol, drugs and making bad movies) she really brought out the big guns in hiring Shapiro. What happens in a year or two when she’s busted again? Not more tricks up her sleeve… I want to see her in jail. 🙂

4) Tiger Woods is golfing at the British Open…

Urban Daddy says: Does anybody care anyone? I know the whole PGA surrounds every breath Tiger takes (but not every move he makes, LOL) but why? I really had no interest in golf when he was the next best thing, the role model, the prodigy. Now?!? I care even less. I’m happy now to see other guys winning because I care that little about Tiger. Although I did see that one of his mistresses, Rachel Uchitel is entering that reality show called Celebrity Rehab. Talk about capitalizing on someone else’s misfortune (or really bad judgement) although this might not be the best venue… Or it was the only one.

The PGA needs a Tiger free event.I need a Tiger free news day. Rachel needs help!

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things that caught my attention;

13) Some idiot Mercedes 4-matic driver this morning, license plate BDTS 134 who drove the entire stretch of road from Lawrence to Eglinton on Bathurst) in the middle of 2 lanes. Yes he was old, but he also didn’t give a shit and that is why I think Mercedes drivers are idiots. BMW drives are assholes, but some, not all, Mercedes drives think because they own (or lease) one, they can do what they want.

12) My son’s school collected new pairs of socks to distribute to Toronto’s homeless and on Tuesday they made sandwiches to distribute along with the socks to their “homeless friends”… Awesome!

11) My almost 10 week old daughter today found toys. Yay.

10) My 9 week old daughter a few mights ago found her fist and was watching it in awe as it slowly crept closer and closer to bopping herself in her eye. She blinked, it moved and she seemed surprised it was gone. LOL.

9) In London, England, British authorities ordered a man to take down his castle he built and kept hidden from them for over 4 years. That’s the situation faced by Robert Fidler, a farmer who lost a High Court bid Wednesday to protect the once-secret castle he built 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of London and kept hidden from planning authorities.

The adverse decision means Fidler’s roof must come down. He has one year to comply unless an appeal is successful.

To keep prying eyes from noticing his unauthorized abode, Fidler placed bales of hay and tarpaulin around his dream home in Salfords, Surrey, authorities said. The court ruled he could not benefit from his deception.

Mike Miller, a chief planner with the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, said the council was delighted with the decision, which it viewed as vindication of the decision to challenge Fidler in court.

“This was a blatant attempt at deception to circumvent the planning process,” he said, adding that Fidler now has one year to destroy the castle, remove the ruins and return the property to its original state.

The unusual castle, complete with cannon, ramparts and stained glass, was completed in 2002 and Fidler lived there with family for more than four years before the authorities started legal action against him.

Fidler, who has had disagreements with planning authorities before, anticipated that his request for permission to build the castle would be denied, so he tried to take advantage of a rule that allows a structure to be legalized if it has been lived in for four years. “It has been pursued at the expense of the taxpayer which we find deeply regrettable — but Mr. Fidler will continue to fight for the right to live in his home,” the his lawyer said.

8) That anti-Semitic, drunken douche bag is at it again…  While promoting his new movie, “Edge of Darkness,” Mel Gibson was caught on tape making a complete ass out of himself.  

In the video which is probably already viral, Gibson called his interviewer an asshole after the interview was over which still miked for a taped interview with Chicago’s WGN-TV reporter Dean Richards.  During the interview, Richards asked Gibson if he felt like he was “a different person, a better person,” than he was four or five years ago, noting that the actor has “had a lot of ups and downs” since then.  (In 2006, Gibson was arrested for driving while under the influence, and made anti-Semitic remarks to his arresting officers.)

During the interview with Richards, Gibson responded that the past few years have been “a real roller coaster ride,” but said he thinks he’s the same person he always was.

Richards then asked Gibson if he felt the public would receive him differently, at which point Gibson became visibly agitated.  “That’s been almost four years, dude,” he told Richards. “I’ve moved on. But I guess you haven’t.” Richards said he just wondered whether Gibson thought the public had moved on, to which Gibson replied, “Well, I certainly hope so. That was a while back, and I’ve done all the necessary mea culpas, so … let’s move on, dude.”

Richards wrapped up the interview with a standard thank-you-for-coming, and Gibson, drinking coffee, gave the reporter a thumbs-up before muttering a loud-and-clear “asshole” right into his mic before the satellite feed was cut.

This comes after an interview with CNN affiliate station KTLA, where entertainment reporter Sam Rubin asked Gibson if his long absence from acting had anything to do with the alleged anti-Semitic remarks. Gibson denied he ever uttered statements of that nature, and then asked Rubin, who is Jewish, “I gather you have a dog in this fight?”

Gibson has since apologized to Rubin for the query, Rubin confirmed.

Gibson’s publicist Alan Nierob said Gibson was not aiming his expletive at WGN’s Richards, but rather at Nierob himself, who was “pulling faces” during the interview.

I’m sorry but I still think of Nazi Mel and no matter what he does, or how he pretends to be remorseful or deny any wrongdoing I will never support his work, see his movies or consider him to be credible at anything.

7) The Super Bore aka the Super Bowl is coming up… Saints vs. Colts.  You heard it here first.  The Saints WILL win.  Guaranteed.

6) Heard a commercial for McCains, I think.  Says the number one asked question is “what’s for dinner”, and the number one question not asked question is, “what’s in dinner”… Really?  Not sure I believe that.

5) Saw a show called Undercover Boss… Great concept.  Watch it if you can.

4) Sad to hear that Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke’s son passed away in a car accident in Indiana. 

3) Shuffling off to Buffalo… Really.

2) Love my daughter… Hated when she holds her poo for 2 days then explodes when we are out of the house.  Messy is an understatement.

1) Unions.  Specifically the TTC union and the Ontario college teachers union.  For some reason both these groups of thugs seem to think they can hold the city hostage under the guise of “doing it for the people”.  If you really wanted to do it for the people – you know, as public servants – you would not demand 3% raises every year and set limits on the amount of work you perform.  I find it appalling that in times of recession, when private sector jobs begin to disappear and people are asked to work harder, do more and cover off tasks from others, that unions continue to do the same amount of work that they were mandated to do 50 years ago.  20 years ago a classmate of mine laughed that he was told to only wash 2 TTC buses an hour so that he doesn’t look bad.  After completing that task in 15 minutes he was told by the foreman to go sleep on the bus, all for $28 dollars an hour.   What has changed in 20 years?  That job now pays $47/hour.  Nothing else.  Same 2 buses, same procedure to sleep the rest of that hour so as to not do too much.  It’s a joke and it must be stopped.  Too bad TTC head Adam Giambrone – who has decided in the wake of his failure as TTC Chair – to focus on the Mayor’s job instead of fixing this mess first.  He has put too much attention on the fact he was sleeping around with multiple people rather than on getting his job completed.  These unions need to be removed right away and privatize this service in order to cap the escalating salaries without seeing any increase in production