Bill Clinton has really whore'd himself out this time -- surrounding himself with real prostitutes.
Slick Willie probably had no clue ... but the women Bill posed with at an L.A. charity event Thursday night are two star hookers at the famed Nevada Bunny Ranch brothel.
The brunette goes by Ava Adora and the blonde goes by Barbie Girl. According to her bio on the BR website, the blonde is very flexible and specializes in de-virginizing. The brunette "knows how to please a variety of both men and women."
Ontario is helping Hiram Walker & Sons Limited expand their operations to become an industry leader in the premium distilled spirits market.
The province is providing $1 million to support the purchase of new equipment to create product lines geared at consumers of higher-end and niche products, ensuring the Windsor facility continues to be a leader in innovation.
To the young men of Canada: Make her sign a release.
On Wednesday evening at McGill University in Montreal, a group of students and community activists assembled to discuss when “yes” doesn’t actually mean yes. The Forum on Consent, which was also open to the public, featured several panel participants who spoke to the question of what we understand as “consent.” The theme was similar to a campaign launched by a Nova Scotia coalition earlier this month — the More Than Yes campaign — which contended that “sexual consent is more than just a yes.” According to that campaign, and echoed by the forum participants at McGill on Wednesday, real consent “must be loud and clear. Sex without enthusiastic consent is not sex at all. It’s sexual assault or rape.”
That last bit might make things awkward for millions of married men.
John Tory is entering the race to become Toronto's next mayor.
The former leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party confirmed his candidacy Sunday, ending months of speculation.
Tory, who also ran for mayor in 2003 but lost to David Miller, will make his candidacy official Monday morning (830a) when he files his registration papers at City Hall.
For those keeping track over the last twenty years John Tory has been involved in exactly one successful election campaign, winning his own seat as provincial Tory leader in 2005. That was in the safest conservative riding in the province. He played a leading part in the 1993 federal Tory disaster, his own failed bid for the mayoralty of Toronto in 2003, the should have been a cakewalk defeat in the provincial election of 2007 and his narrow defeat in 2009 in another provincial by-election.
If the man's last name was not Tory, and he was not pals with the Rogers family, he would have sunk into political oblivion years ago. Mere politicians cannot survive that many defeats and still be considered credible forces in public affairs. Yet there he sat on his perch at CFRB until recently, waiting for yet another kick at the political can. John Tory the public man exists because the Canadian Establishment needs him to exist.
This is no knock to the man himself. By all accounts he's an intelligent, hard working and conscientious man with a genuine commitment to improved public policy. Some of this ideas are well thought out and would represent real improvements in civic affairs. Unfortunately Tory has one of the most remarkable tin ears in modern Canadian political history. For so intelligent a man he has an impressive knack for putting his foot wrong at exactly the right moment.
There was his approval, thought not his alone, for the notorious anti-Jean Chretien ad in the 1993 federal campaign. During the 2007 provincial election he endorsed, then partially backed down, from a pledge to extend public funding to faith based schools. The policy was a remarkable master stroke of poor execution and impractical political thinking. It was very revealing as to Tory's MO and why his campaign for the Mayor's Office in 2014 will end in disaster.
In the abstract the idea of extending public funding to non-Catholic religious schools had, it should be admitted, a sense of fairness. If Catholic schools could get tax dollars, why not Jewish, Muslim and Evangelical schools? Sitting around a coffee table in downtown, surrounded by over schooled elites, the idea makes rather a lot of sense. After all, it's about fairness. Who could be against fairness?
The answer being a strong majority of the provincial electorate. Funding for Catholic schools has always been controversial in Ontario. The WASPish towns and countryside of the province have always resented the special treatment extended to Catholics. Secularists in the large cities object to taxpayer dollars funding anything that smacks of religious instruction, however water downed and compromised. Aside from those who send their children to Catholic schools there isn't really much support for funding Catholic schools. Had this public policy quirk not been entrenched in the BNA, it likely would have been scrapped sometime before World War Two.
A bad idea is a bad idea. Since there's nothing you can do about it, being constitutionally entrenched and all, you kinda of live with it. Extending a bad idea further, at greater cost to the taxpayers, however still irks people. It irked enough people to end the Tory dynasty in 1985, a backlash generated by Bill Davis' decision to extend full funding to Catholic High Schools. Where was John Tory at the time this momentous decision was made? Sitting next to Bill Davis as the Premier's Principal Secretary.
So having seen this epic political disaster unfold once, he repeats essentially the same mistake twenty-two years later. Why? Because it sounded like a nice idea. A decent idea. A fair idea. This is all very well and good but politics isn't a graduate seminar. Ontario is a democracy. People had little appetite for seeing their tax dollars spent on Evangelical and Muslim schools, teaching values they would likely find uncomfortable. It was an idea that seriously annoyed many voters while providing little in appreciable benefit to most Ontarians. There was no pocket book issue at stake. It was an issue that instead gave the PCs a lot of downside and little upside. At best they might have picked up a few thousand votes from those who would have benefited directly from public funding.
It was a masterpiece of political miscalculation and very representative of John Tory's political thinking. Risky, bold and ultimately foolish. Just like his decision to give up a safe seat in rural Ontario to run in the Liberal stronghold of Don Valley West. Two dumb ideas that should have ended his political career. But he is John Tory. Like daffodils in May, he always comes back.
Now John Tory has entered the race for Toronto's mayoralty. This might be the dumbest idea yet to emerge from this scion of the Canadian Establishment. He will not win. Not a chance in hell. He will, however, divide the right-wing vote and assure that Olivia Chow dances right up the middle. Rob Ford's antics have been embarrassing for the city and have crippled the program of conservative reform on council. His gaffes, however, are nothing compared to the gaffe of John Tory's candidacy.
He was equally critical when asked about the Keystone XL pipeline.
He said the government deserves some of the blame if the project is stalled. If the Harper government hadn't spent a couple of years shouting at the environmental movement, he said, it might not have attracted such opposition.
Clark told the audience that the belligerence began with verbal attacks by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver after the Conservatives won a majority in 2011, and continues to this day with environmental groups having their tax status threatened.
All of that, Clark said, got noticed by U.S. environmentalists who carry some influence in the White House.
The Honorable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and Terry Dean, Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, today jointly launched the Eat Well Recipe Contest. This contest promotes healthy eating and builds kids' food preparation skills by encouraging families to plan, shop, and prepare healthier meals together.
This being the federal government we have this added absurdity:
Canadians can submit a favourite family recipe for a chance to win great prizes, including the grand prize of a family cooking session with Chef Christine Cushing (in English) or Registered Dietitian Isabelle Huot (in French).
Because expecting Francophones to be in the same kitchen as an Anglophone would be a crime.
That the Heart and Stroke Foundation would want to encourage people to eat healthy is understandable. It's part of their job to try to change people's attitudes toward food and exercise. That's civil society in action. People voluntarily getting together to argue for a change in social behaviour. Most of the positive changes that have occurred in the wider culture over the last two centuries have been driven by such private organizations. Some terrible ideas have also been promoted by private organizations, but their influence has been comparatively modest.
Where this story goes from the gentle nagging of a civil society actor, to the creepy authoritarianism of the nanny state, is the entrance of the federal Minister of Health. Let's step back a bit and ask ourselves a basic question: Why do we have a federal Minister of Health? Health care is a provincial jurisdiction. Always has been and will likely remain so into the foreseeable future. So the Feds are muscling in on a provincial matter. That's unconstitutional no matter what the Ermined Eminences on the Supreme Court might rule.
Then we take a step even further back and ask ourselves why government is involved in health care at all. The original 1867 constitutional set-up placed the regulation of hospitals under provincial jurisdiction, not their funding or administration. The only notable exception were hospitals for the insane. Occasionally a provincial government would toss some money at a hospital or clinic, but this was on an ad hoc basis. The intent was never for the government to run ordinary people's health care.
But, says the fellow jumping up and down at the back, what about the POOR!
It's one of the strange ironies of the modern world is that the fewer poor people there are in a country, the more people talk about poverty. Dickensian poverty existed long before Dickens was even born. But his novels struck a chord with the rapidly growing middle class, people who had the leisure and education to worry about something other than their own survival. The process carries onto this day with highly entitled university schooled brats, I won't dare say educated, who moan endlessly about poverty in the Third World while preaching the wonders of socialism.
Which brings us back to Minister Rona Ambrose's playing celebrity chef. Socialism isn't about helping the poor or the sick. That's the Big Lie they've been spreading for about two centuries now. Never forgot that it is a lie, one of the most pernicious in Western history. You help the poor by helping the poor, not by regimenting society according to a master plan. The vast majority of Canadians were able to attend to their health care needs long before Tommy Douglas wandered out of Weyburn.
The poor are broadly divided into two categories: The shiftless and the unfortunate. The former need tough love and the latter need financial assistance and some friendly help. Government, especially anything as remote as the federal government, is incapable of adequately following either approach. Instead it rewards the shiftless and corrupt, while failing to provide proper assistance to those in genuine needs. This is why for generations there has never been a shortage of two news stories: The Welfare Cheat and the Starving Welfare Recipient.
Those incapable of fending for themselves are at the tender mercies of a unionized bureaucracy. By contrast the dishonest and corrupt love bureaucracies and the bureaucratic approach. An individual can think and judge, a bureaucracy cannot. The only thing a bureaucracy can do is follow asinine rules. Know the rules and you can game the system. The result in endemic "poverty" among the fit and able bodied, while the truly needy go without.
A genuine humanitarian would be appalled at such waste. They would begin questioning their assumptions. At that moment they would cease to be Leftists. The vision of the Left is not helping the poor, capitalism and charity helps the poor, it's regimentation. They want a world that fits into their world view, not a world view that corresponds to lived experience. Tommy Douglas admitted that private charities did help the poor, but he insisted that health care should be a right. Why? Because he was a socialist and socialists believe that people have a right to everything with few if any obligations. A vision that trumps the facts.
This brings us back again to Minister Ambrose, who is not a socialist but like many Canadian Conservatives a very useful idiot for the Left. By participating in a campaign to encourage Canadians to get healthy she has conceded the essential goal of the Left. If it is the business of government to tell you, or perhaps order you, to eat healthy, then there is no aspect of daily life that does not fall under the purview of the state. That's not the conservative or libertarian vision, that's a statist-collectivist vision. It's a vision inimical to the founding values of Canada.
The state has no business in the bedrooms, the boardrooms or the kitchens of the nation.
It would be nice if a Conservative from Alberta would understand that.
Police in Sao Paulo have adopted a new technique for dealing with anti-World Cup street protests by deploying officers trained in jiu jitsu, the Brazilian martial art.
Specialist police officers known as the “Tropa do Braço”, or Troop of Arms' patrolled the latest demonstration - a 1,500-strong protest in central Sao Paulo - without weapons for the first time this weekend. Instead, the 140 officers were equipped with three months of martial arts training.