November 29, 2009

Words & Pictures

First, the words. I looooooooove words. And while I don't feel the need to pepper my work with two buck words when a nickel one will do (the word is 'use', folks, not 'utilize'), I do adore our crazy language. Cool article in the Star today, examining how some words morph into very different meanings, and as it had 'ostrobogulous' in the title, you just knew I had to read it. Take a whiffle through the list, but please don't fluff if there is anyone else in the room.

Moving right Okay. This is mean and cruel, just how you like me. There were a couple of articles yesterday on Mississauga's mayor, Hazel McCallion. There's no point riffing on her age; I've seen younger oak trees three men couldn't join hands around. But now she's allegedly gone and been caught mucking about in her son's business deals. Which a court will decide, not a blogger, but here's the part that made me raise my eyebrows: there is apparently a fundraiser calender that was made featuring celebrities. Two of the celebrities are Hazel and her son, Peter.

Now, follow that link, and tell me what the hell they did to poor Hazel to make her look like that. They've tarted her up! It's nuts! And, Peter? Yeah, not so much, cowboy. Step away from the car, and maybe I'd buy the calendar. But in my world, black-stetsoned pretend moguls from Mississauga don't constitute celebrities. And mostly I'm shuddering that this guy is Mr. January. January is my month. Shudder.

You step on toes if you diss the Hazel. Let me say it once, very loudly: Term Limits.
No politician should be holding the same office for more than two terms. Period. Familiarity breeds far more than contempt; it breeds entitlement, it breeds favours, it breeds laziness and it breeds fear of power over respect of process.

Speaking of entitled a**holes, perhaps you're following the horrific case of the Toronto Humane Society. Tim Trow, the head ass, is finally getting called on the carpet for indescribable events going on with your money. (An aside: Your money will now be used for the legal defence of those who harmed those animals you've been trying to help be saved.) Yeah, all those sobby ads on TV pleading for your money. Which has apparently been going to all manner of things, very few of which result in appropriate care for animals. Terrible conditions, and, wait. Do you remember that pitbull that started the whole pitbull ban? The one who nearly killed a 3-year-old 6 years ago, and had bitten others, and was judged - by a court - too aggressive to live? Yeah. That one. Still living in the office of this Tim Trow. Who just wuvved this puppy so much!

In defiance of court orders, five years - and more biting - later, this animal went after a cop who went in the office to secure it. The cop pepper sprayed it. Should have shot the stupid thing. I love animals; I love people more.

They found a mummified cat in the suspended ceiling. At the Humane Society. Apparently this cat wasn't wuvved quite so much by Trow.

The video of the poor cat is awful. But at least they didn't paint it up with lipstick and pose it beside a car. Like our Mississauga cover girl.


Anonymous buzzwhack said...

A bad taste news weekend for sure.
The TO Humane Society raid is very sad and bugs me to no end.
Tiger Woods Thanksgiving blow out is lots of fun. Ever notice the American stars go off the rails on Thanksgiving? Witness Glen Campbell, Nick Nolte and now, Tigger Woods.
One thing we can't do here is assume the whole story has been goven about Humane Society, about McCallion and especially about Micheal Bryant. It's going to take a long time before facts actually make the pages on any of these issues.
Do you think posing mummy cat by a car in a bobby sox dress and angora pullover would make your January better, Lorraine?

November 29, 2009 5:53 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Yeah, I've learned to sprinkle the word 'allegedly' into my snotty comments.

But when it comes to this Humane Society guy, I see a man who has kept a violent dog alive, regardless of a court order, because he apparently 'knows better'.

You know what? I've met some of these loons who 'know better'. I've seem them protect an animal who, for whatever reason, should be gone. They always, always, always believe they have some bizarre Dr. Doolittle affect on animals and can know things everyone else can't. I've seen them put dangerous animals ahead of their own kids - and mine.

And for every idiot who believes they're some kind of dog whisperer? Why doncha whisper this in your dog's ear: "Stop eating children".

November 29, 2009 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

Re: those A..H... at THS.
I found out there is a document unearthed by Globe and Mail, called Draper report. It concerns THS abuse and the results of earlier investigation submitted to the Office of Public Guardian about 3 years ago. Nothing happened then, but this time it definitely will. The evidence is overwhelming...
Draper report in 2 parts:

part 1 -

part 2 -

Something to think about...

November 29, 2009 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do I get a close up of Witch Hazel and her boy?

November 30, 2009 4:35 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Click on 'fundraiser calender' in the second para of my post.

But first, 'close up'? Sick puppy...

November 30, 2009 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's me, your sister.

December 01, 2009 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's me, your sister.

December 01, 2009 11:54 AM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Not to make little of this whole situation, but the letters page in today's Star is interesting; was the mummified cat planted by the OSPCA stormtroopers?

Nothing like a good conspiracy theory.

Will the general public ever know the real story here?

Not the one that has an agenda tied to it...

December 05, 2009 9:42 AM  

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