I don’t believe him

Toronto mayor Rob Ford returned to office after two months in rehab, as I had predicted, the day after World Pride ended. In a press conference, at which he took no questions, we were once again treated to his “I’m so, so very sorry” speech. He’s used that speech so many times in the past he should make a recording of it and use that at press conferences. And I don’t believe it anyway.

On July second, he did an interview with CBC reporter Dwight Drummond regarding his substance abuse – the alcohol and the drugs. He admitted he’s had a long term problem with both. Some questions he declined to answer, citing instructions from his lawyer. When asked about his misogynist, homophobic and racist comments, he put the blame on his addictions. Robbie, does the phrase in vino veritas mean anything to you? That translates roughly as “in wine lies truth”.

There are two schools of thought on this. One holds that under the influence of intoxicating substances, a person may say things they normally wouldn’t express and don’t mean.

The other school holds that the intoxicant lessens or removes one’s inhibitions and thoughts they would normally keep hidden are expressed openly. In my opinion, this seems to be the case for Robbie. Why else would he have avoided the Pride celebrations every single year since he was elected. This is an event that brings millions of tourist dollars into the city, yet he is, or appears to be, so homophobic he won’t associate with it.

The argument has been put forth that people under the influence of an intoxicant shouldn’t be held responsible for what they say. Sorry, I can’t buy that. Unless those thoughts were already present in your mind, why would you suddenly formulate and spout such filth and garbage when you’re drunk or high?

But, Robbie is back at work and campaigning for the next election in October – for now. The most generous people I’ve spoken with give it a month before another drunken video turns up. Most say two weeks. And, being Robbie, he will ignore all questions about it and finally issue another “I’m so, so sorry” speech. And he will continue to ignore calls for his resignation. So it will be up to the people of Toronto to hand him his walking papers in late October.


Are they listening to themselves?

I’ve been thinking about this for a little while now before I decided to write something because there are times I’m a little hot-headed.  That usually means much more time editing that I actually spent writing.

Through a UK website, pinknews, I’ve been reading about some of the pronouncements of the anti-gay crowd and I have to ask myself two questions.  First, as the title says, “are they listening to themselves?” and second, “does this lot have a brain among them?”

Here are some examples of what I mean:

– (I can`t find the article any longer and don`t recall if the Representative in question was state or federal).  From the context this was written shortly before the Supreme Court decision on DOMA.  This man said that overturning DOMA would lead to straight men pretending to be gay so they could marry other men just to take advantage of the benefits.  He compared it to a foreign national marrying an American to gain citizenship.  Is there a brain in that head?  These are benefits that married couples already enjoy and this will only extend them to same-sex couples.  And if this hypothetical man pretending to by gay were to marry a woman an additional benefit would be sex.  Was this Representative listening to himself when he made his pronouncement?

– Two pastors in Colorado blamed the recent wildfires in that state on a photograph that appeared on the front page of The Denver Post that showed the Majority House Leader kissing his partner on the steps of the legislature.  According to one of these pastors, God reads the Denver Post, which is how He became aware of this incident. Funny, I thought He read the Globe and Mail from Toronto. The straw man from Wizard of Oz has more of a brain than these two put together.

– Finally, Westboro Baptist Church is at it again.  This time they not only proved they are homophobic, but bullies as well.  According to the brief article, an anti-bullying group was running a lemonade stand to raise some funds.  The stand was painted pink and at the time in question was being run by a five-year-old. I presume a parent was hovering nearby.  Westboro took exception to the colour of the stand and raised a fuss.

I know that at one time there was a petition being circulated to have WBC declared a hate group.  Don’t know what’s happening with that but I certainly hope that petition receives serious consideration by American lawmakers.  After all, they were banned from Britain for a reason.

Now, I have no objection to anyone having and expressing an opinion – after all, when you read these postings, you’re getting my opinions.  I like to think there is some logic in my writings.  I also think it would be nice if others would put a bit of logic in their pronouncements as well.  These three individuals and one organization appear to be so blinded by their homophobia that they can’t see there is no logic in their actions and statements.  They are obviously not listening to what they’re saying.