he Canadian Press is reporting that Olivia Chow resigned her seat in Parliament earlier today and is expected to formally launch her bid on Thursday to become the next mayor of Toronto.
Many people throughout the world have been following the scandal revolving around the mayor and wondering, “How could the voters not have known about the type of person Rob Ford is?”
The answer is, “Because they weren’t paying attention!” This little piece of video, filmed almost a decade ago, showed that our mayor is a bully with severe anger management problems. His sudden rages are most indicative of crack addiction and alcoholism.
Most revealing is the weasel at his elbow. the one who pushed just the right button to set Rob Ford off. All bullies have these people hovering around them. “Hit ‘em, Spike! Did you hear what he called you?”
Sad sack of shit, and his rise shows that cheap populism works here in Canada just like everywhere else.
Mayor Bloomberg suggested Friday that New York City public housing residents should be fingerprinted as a way to fight crime in the system’s 334 buildings.
Bloomberg, speaking on his weekly radio show, said NYCHA residents make up 5 percent of the city’s population while 20 percent of New York City crimes are committed in public housing.
“The people that live there, most of them, want more police protection… If you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you? Why’re you here?’”
“What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in,” he went on. “And of course … there’s an allegation that some of these apartments aren’t occupied by the people who originally have the lease.”
Since Rockford is also home to the odious “Chronicles” and the Rockford Institute that promotes white supremacy & separatism, it wouldn’t surprise me to find that this news actually aids the candidate’s campaign. There’s certainly something wrong in Rockford.
Michael Kleen, the Republican candidate for mayor of Rockford, Ill., is running on an innocuous “safer streets” platform, pledging “appreciation for commonsense and moderation” on a campaign website that sparkles with sweet reason, offering a profile of a trustworthy, public-spirited candidate.
But Hatewatch has discovered that there’s more to Kleen than the sanitized information his campaign offers. The citizens of Rockford — the third largest city in Illinois, with a population that is 20% African-American and 16% Latino — may not realize that Kleen has published his very controversial views on immigration, secession and education on hate-oriented sites such as vdare.com and worldnetdaily.com. He also participated in several interviews on The Voice of Reason Radio Network, a mouthpiece for the white nationalist movement that went offline last August.
Kleen, 31, owns a desktop publishing business called Black Oak Media. He’s written fiction and nonfiction books, specializing in tales of the supernatural and Illinois historical lore. With his master’s degree in American history, he’s also dabbled in opinion posts and, he says, his interests are becoming increasingly political. After losing a race for the Winnebago county board last year — he did get 43% of the vote — Kleen became the Republican candidate for mayor of Rockford, a city with 153,00 residents.
His posts on VDARE have blasted multicultural education and a moderate immigration reform bill co-sponsored by Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain several years ago. “It would open the floodgates to immigration in the Southwest and give citizenship to millions of Mexican nationalists who … have no love for their adopted country and who seek the eventual cultural and political severance of large swaths of territory,” Kleen wrote in one post.
vdare.com is an immigrant-bashing hate site that regularly publishes works by white supremacists, anti-Semites and others on the radical right. Peter Brimelow, who created a foundation that funds vdare.com, also apparently appreciates Kleen’s work—and hoped to make a little money from it. He endorsed one of the candidate’s books a couple of years ago, presented a link to it for site visitors and noted that vdare.com would get a commission from each book sold.
In 2010 (the latest year for which we had data) New York City added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (equivalent) to the atmosphere, but that number means little to most people because few of us have a sense of scale for atmospheric pollution.
Carbon Visuals (carbonvisuals.com) and the Environmental Defense Fund wanted to make those emissions feel a bit more real - the total emissions and the rate of emission. Designed to engage the ‘person on the street’, this version is exploratory and still work in progress.
NYC carbon footprint:
54,349,650 million tons a year = 148,903 tons a day = 6,204 tons an hour = 1.72 tons a second
At standard pressure and 59 °F a metric ton of carbon dioxide gas would fill a sphere 33 feet across (density of CO₂ = 1.87 kg/m³: bit.ly). If this is how New York’s emissions actually emerged we would see one of these spheres emerge every 0.58 seconds.
Emissions in 2010 were 12% less than 2005 emissions. The City of New York is on track to reduce emissions by 30% by 2017 - an ambitious target.
For a set of stills from this movie, see: flickr.com
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A mayor of a northern New Mexico city has resigned over what he calls is the city’s “discriminatory” form of government against Hispanic residents.
Raton Mayor Charles Starkovich said in a letter Wednesday that he was resigning as mayor and city commissioner in protest to Raton’s at-large voting system. Starkovich said the system violates the federal Voting Rights Act and that he plans to file a formal complaint with the U.S. Justice Department.
Short excerpt from a short article. Read the whole thing here.
“I don’t know what’s true and what’s false. I can’t enlighten you on any of that. I wish I could. I wish I could stand here and say my dad is innocent or my dad is guilty. People are very quick to judge. There are obviously millions of rumors going around and they’re not all true,” Daniel Hodges said.
The TBI says Mayor Hodges participated in gambling at the Millington shop “Transmission Doctors.” According to the documents, he had also accrued debt totalling more than $10 thousand, and was willing to offer city services in exchange for settling the debt. According to a confidential informant, Hodges talked about $40 thousand dollars worth of drainage work, and told him that the City of Millington was going to provide, “drainage work, curb cut, trees, grass and other work done outside of his business in Millington.”
The documents also detail a conversation about giving the informant a real Millington police badge in exchange for money. Apparently Millington Police Chief Ray Douglas knew about the badge offer, but told authorities he did not want to give a police badge to the informant. The documents also state Chief Douglas knew about the gambling, but did not play.
Eddie Espinoza, 51, former mayor of Columbus, N.M., has pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with a firearms trafficking investigation, according to federal authorities.
Appearing Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge William P. Lynch in Las Cruces, Espinoza pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, three counts of making false statements in the acquisition of firearms and three counts of smuggling firearms from the United States.
The former clerk of Columbus was elected Tuesday morning as Columbus Mayor, on a unanimous vote of the three Board of Trustees members.
Nicole Lawson, 36, a candidate for mayor when Eddie Espinoza was re-elected in 2010, was one of three people who submitted unsolicited letters of interest for the position.
Lawson took the oath of office Tuesday, administered by her father, Ron Fisher, Columbus’ Alternate Municipal Judge.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Lawson said, “and I will make the most of it. Given the state of the village, I did discuss it (candidacy) with my family, before I submitted a letter. I have the support of my family.”I think first-hand information is more important and more reliable, so I need to speak to each individual employee and each department head.”
Lawson, who resigned as Village Clerk effective January 2010, said she wants to hold a village meeting to hear residents’ concerns.
Columbus had been absent a mayor since Espinoza’s resignation at May’s end. Espinoza, Trustee Blas Gutierrez and Police Chief Angelo Vega were among a 12 people arrested March 10 on a federal indictment for gun smuggling.
Nicole Lawson is sworn in as Mayor of the Village of Columbus, New Mexico by her father, Ron Fisher, the alternate village Municipal Judge. (James E. Efferson Photo)
About those gun smugglers:
The U.S. attorney for Western Texas has taken over the firearms trafficking case against officials from the Town of Columbus and others.I wonder when or whether we will find out the reason.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico, which brought the indictments against then-Mayor Eddie Espinosa, then-Police Chief Angelo Vega, City Trustee Blas Gutierrez and nine others, referred all questions to the Texas office.
Daryl Fields, public affairs officer for the West Texas U.S. Attorney’s Office, told nmpolitics.net the case was transferred but wouldn’t say why.
“I can confirm to you that the case you are inquiring about will now be supervised by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas,” he said. “No further comment will be made at this time.”
Did the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico have a conflict that hampered its prosecution of the case? Or is there another reason for the transfer? C.J. McElhinney, attorney for Blas Gutierrez, called the transfer “highly unusual” but said prosecutors in New Mexico and Texas wouldn’t explain the reason to him.
Read it all here.
For independent voters who shun political parties, recent notices from the city clerk telling them they must pick a party by July 16 if they want to vote in the upcoming city primary election have touched off a bit of confusion.
As independent voters like Wayne Guerrini said in response to the notice, he doesn’t belong to a party because he doesn’t like any of them, but now he’s being forced to chose [sic] one.
The confusion, in part, is a byproduct of the city’s first “all-mail” election on Aug. 30.
There is no independent primary. But since 1998, independents have been able to vote in the various party primaries. They just have to pick which one they want to vote in.
[…]• If you choose the Democratic ballot, there will be one choice in the mayor’s race - attorney Jonathan Rothschild.
• If you choose the Republican ballot, there won’t be any names on it, since the two prospective candidates were removed for failing to obtain the sufficient number of signatures.
• Those who choose the Green Party will have an actual choice for mayor between two candidates - Mary DeCamp and David Croteau. It’s a tiny party locally, but it’s the only actual race.
Funny how things work out sometimes.