Latest Drivel for Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.

And being a bilateral agreement, it will also see corrupt Canadian officials at large in China returned to Canada to be tortured and killed
China and Canada have agreed to start discussions on a bilateral extradition treaty that would pave the way for the return of corrupt fugitive Chinese officials at large in Canada
—Zhang Yan, China Watch, distributed in the Globe and Mail, Sept. 21, 2016.

Just wait’ll Qiu finds out his mental suffering won’t buy him a stale fortune cookie
A court in Beijing on Tuesday ordered internet celebrity Sun Jie and Hong Kong-based herbal drink maker Jiaduobao Group, to apologize to the family of deceased war hero Qiu Shaoyun for social media posts that the court said harmed Qiu’s reputation and honor. Daxing District People’s Court said that Sun and JDB must publicly apologize on five consecutive days and pay 1 yuan ($0.15) as compensation for mental suffering to Qiu Shaohua, the hero’s brother.
—Xinhua, China Daily Canada, distributed in the Globe and Mail, Sept. 21, 2016.

And only about a quarter as clever as you think you are when you try to tar a politician with the UN brush
[T]he UN is the temple of fashionable intellectualism. Almost nothing of substance ever gets debated there…. That’s why former Prime Minister Stephen Harper ruffled the UN’s feathers so badly. And it’s also why Trudeau fits right in…. Expressing sympathy and understanding (and spending billions of other people’s money) actually earns a leader more credit than taking real action. Sentimentality trumps substance…. In order to believe the UN is a useful organization—truly devoted to world peace, equality and saving the planet you have to be a clever person, but only about half as clever as you think you are.
—“Two-gun” Gunter, Sun Media, Sept. 20, 2016.

After almost 20 years in Parliament, Jason Kenney is leaving the House of Commons this week…. Jason is the recepient [sic] of numerous awards for his work promoting human rights around the world.  He has received the UN Watch Moral Courage Award…. Leave him a note here if you’d like him to know how much you appreicate [sic] his service over the past 20 years.

Who let him in?
Who would have thought Canadian values could be so controversial…? We live in the greatest country in the world…. Our peaceful, free, fair and just society is the envy of the world. That is why so many people around the world want to come to Canada. They want to adopt our values. But Trudeau takes this all for granted. He doesn’t think there is anything special about Canadian history or traditions…. Trudeau seems embarrassed, even ashamed of our Western culture and values…. [H]is ideas are far more controversial than the proposed vetting of newcomers.
—Candice Malcolm, Sun Media, Sept. 4, 2016.

Ah, c’mon, guys, don’t make us call in Vanna White
Colin Powell is…generally known for his discipline and dignity. But that was before the explosive release of his hacked emails, in which he rips into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton…. “I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect. A 70-year-old person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still -icking bimbos at home,” he wrote. I refuse to spell Powell’s vulgarity out in full—the National Post is not a rap video, and coarseness should not be amplified by needless repetition. However, for the benefit of our many unworldly readers, I will give a hint as to the missing letter. It is one of the alphabet’s first three consonants, it rhymes with “C,” and is not “B.”
—T. Rex Murphy, National Post, Sept. 16, 2016.

“A 70-year person [sic] with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still d___ing bimbos at home.”
—Jeff Horwitz and Michael Biesecker, National Post, Sept. 15, 2016.

At least I think they were soldiers and I think they had weapons
Bestselling author Mark Steyn recently returned from a trip to Europe…. The author and political commentator said the hundreds of terror-related deaths in France since 2015 have turned the nation into a de facto police state. “I was on the beach at Saint-Tropez where the topless women have armed soldiers with automatic weapons—patrolling between the topless women. It’s a sad sight and it’s an absurd sight.”
—Reported by Douglas Ernst, Washington Times, Sept. 20, 2016.

Joe Gumshoe
Where’s Fire Chief Jim Sales? Anybody seen or talked with him lately? I’ve been asking around without any answers. He’s still technically Toronto’s fire chief, but he hasn’t been seen or heard from publicly for months and months. “We don’t know where he is or what happened to him,” one firefighter told me. “It really is a mystery to us.” With other firefighters expressing concern, I decided to dig into this and attempt to track him down…. I started my search with an email to the chief himself. It bounced back with a message to contact his assistant, Darlene. So I did…. I called Sales’s home in Barrie and left a message, but have yet to hear back.
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, Sept. 14, 2016.

Let’s just shut down nominations for the CAJ scoop award right now
…Sales has been on leave…since May 27. Not trying to fan the flames, but is there something going on here? Sources say they don’t know of any formal complaints being filed or internal probes. The city did not respond to questions about that when I asked. What “personal leave” means, or what this is about, has also not been explained…. Some tell the Sun they believe Sales…is running down the clock until he can formally retire at his next birthday. Although this has not been confirmed, I heard one fire station recently took his picture off the wall—only to put it back up again. Who knows?
—Wormington, op. cit.

And how about a standing ovation for dogs and for Joe America, too!
It would be a first for a coach from the rival USA hockey team playing on Canadian soil to receive a standing ovation. But when the United States hockey team lines up to play their first game in the World Cup of Hockey next week, it’s what should happen. It would send a message to the multimillionaire malcontents that their repulsive spitting in the face of the American flag, and those who died for it, is not acceptable here in Canada. And perhaps put in their place some of these ungrateful fat cats, while placing the focus back on the respectable and honourable, as well as sporting games themselves. You see Team USA coach John Tortorella has said “if any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there the rest of the game.” Legendary coach Don Cherry [said,] “You better believe it. I respect that guy so much from a hockey point of view, his stance in supporting his country and the military and his love of dogs….” Disrespecting the anthem and flag, and the embattled police being murdered, at an event that is not yours is nothing more than classless and just plain rude. It’s also unpatriotic. Luckily there are still people with the guts to call it for what it is. A standing ovation for John Tortorella before the puck drops at the Hangar Sept. 17 will do that, too.
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, Sept. 8, 2016.

No kneeling in hockey, although it’s pretty much a full-time position for Ford Nation’s First Fluffer
There’s no kneeling in hockey. There were no classless political statements to embarrass the game. No disrespect to our visitors. In fact, at the Hangar Tuesday night it was the opposite. When the Star Spangled Banner was played, the crowd of mostly red sweaters didn’t sit or boo. They sang and cheered. Take that Colin Kaepernick…. Then came the American anthem. It still worked. I looked down and saw my pal, coach John Tortorella, standing there with his hand on his heart, so proud, and it made me feel proud. It’s not news when someone respects their country in many circles, but it is in my column….
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, Sept. 20, 2016.

It’s a mystery! It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside a…oh, it’s book launch
Does Doug Ford have plans to take Ford Nation national? One provincial PC party insider is speculating that could be the subject of a mystery announcement from Ford scheduled for Tuesday morning. “I have certainly heard whispers that Doug Ford is considering a run for federal leader…,” said Justin Van Dette, regional vice-president of the Ontario Tories, in an email to Sun columnist Joe Warmington on Monday…. When reached Monday night, Ford would neither confirm nor deny the rumour. He would not say what his announcement will be. Word of his mystery announcement came through a brief media advisory on Monday, in which reporters were invited to the Ford family home Tuesday simply for a “very exciting and special announcement.”
—Maryam Shah and Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, Sept. 12, 2016.

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4 comments on “Latest Drivel for Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.
  1. Papadoc says:

    Hey Joe: Chief Sales has gone behind a firewall!

  2. gormab says:

    It’s sooooo depressing to think that these people are being paid a fortune every week to disgorge the rancid contents of their fetid little brains while reporters, photographers, editors and feature writers are being laid off by the busload.

  3. tyrone says:

    why does Toronto’s fire chief live in Barrie?

  4. TonyH says:

    Virtually none of the cops or firefighters live in the city. Ask the next one you meet where s/he lives. Chances are it’s the way far out burbs. Same with the TTC drivers. All of which contributes to the
    “us vs them” attitude that the city’s a cesspit of crime and decay to be tackled hard rather than understood.

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