When I heard the news that entitled politician Eve Adams of Ontario was giving up her fight to run in the race for the riding of Oakville-North Burlington in Ontario due to health concerns, I really couldn’t believe it. Entitled people (especially politicians) rarely give up so easily. It was especially surprising because politicians only stop feeding on purpose at the public trough if they a) are booted out of office or b) die. Even after they are booted out of office, their snouts remain in the public trough because of the ridiculously bloated pension plans they receive.
Entitled Adams was the poster girl for entitled politicians in Canada – right up there with Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin and the rest of the Canadian Senate. Entitled Adams rose to new heights of entitlement – trying to bully her way into a riding that wasn’t even hers to begin with, a riding that was more of a safe bet than the one she won in the last election. Even her also entitled husband was forced to resign as executive director of the Conservative party when it was perceived that he was using his position to help entitled Adams get into the new riding.
Like most entitled people, entitled Adams thinks that she is above the law and above the level-headed public decorum that most normal people adhere to. Although it was the riding issue that most political wags latched onto as the reason for her downfall, the incident that regular folk will point to as the tipping point of her fall and the height of her crass entitlement is her gas station meltdown. Fortunately, this incident was videotaped and now serves as a video example of what entitled people do and what goes through their heads as they bludgeon their entitlement over the heads of innocent people. Intentionally blocking traffic because you don’t get your own way? Fail.
Much like election night, when vilified and hopelessly inept politicians get booted out of office, the failure of entitled Adams to try and remain in her entitled position is a victory for the electors of this country. Also, much like the ousting of Rob Anders, there is also a certain sense of being able to breathe a little easier, no matter where you are in the country. Their one way tunnel vision entitlement suffocates the election process, democracy and the people in office who are legitimately trying to make a difference through public office (of which there are very few). They don’t care about the people they represent. They are simply in it for themselves and nobody else. That is a huge crime against democracy. People like entitled Adams do not belong in public office. They simple stink it up even more. Good riddance.
I’ve kept a mental note of all the crazy drivers I’ve encountered over the years, but these people are a breed all of their own. I don’t know what it is about them but it seems that there are an inordinate amount of people with a ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker (you know, the yellow ribbon) on their vehicles that drive like assholes.
Let me immediately say that not all people with a ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on their vehicle drive like maniacs. It just seems that whenever I witness bad driving, poor courtesy, dangerous lane changes, tail-gating, speeding, dogs roaming around free in the cab or hanging out the windows and barking at people, the offender more often than not has a yellow ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on the back of their vehicle.
Why? I have no idea. I was hoping that someone would explain it to me so that it makes sense because it makes no sense. I would think that people who display such stickers on their vehicles would have a little bit more respect for law and order, respect for others, courtesy, even-keeled and generally have an attitude that would reflect pride in self, their country and the human race. I don’t know, I think the sticker gives them unlimited license to drive like an asshole.
Case in point: Driving on a section of highway that was under construction with workers present, the speed limit was 50KM. This old man (I saw him in my rear view mirror) in a car the size of a steamship weaves in and out of several different lanes trying to get around people who are going the speed limit. He tailgates them. He revs his engine. Once past the construction, he blows by me as I turn off to an exit, gunning it as if it’s everyone else’s fault he was forced to go 50KM, squeezes by me on the left to make it past me. What does he have on the back of his car? A ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker.
Another one: I’m stopped at a red light, this ‘person’ (in white framed sunglasses – that’s another common accessory) in (yet again, an oversized, loud enough to wake the dead monster truck) comes right up to the bumper of the car beside me. Two dogs the size of the Trojan Horse fight each other to see who can lean out of the truck windows the most and bark at people. When the light changes, apparently the driver in front of him is obeying the speed limit too much so he jerks the monster truck around the car, almost clipping another car in another lane and bellows off down the street. I see other drivers just shake their heads. What does he have on the back of his monster truck? A ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker.
Those are just two examples. There are many, many more. I don’t get it. I give up. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know how to explain this phenomenon. Do these people think that because they ‘support’ the military that they are somehow entitled to not be held accountable for their actions? Do they have some kind of mental disorder that I don’t know about? – because if they do, then I’ll be sympathetic towards them. Are these people exempt from all laws? Do they think that they will gain some form of respect and explanation when people see the ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on their vehicles? Were they dropped on their heads at birth? Are they seeking attention because they were never hugged when they were children?
People who drive like assholes and who have a ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on their vehicles are cut from the very same cloth as those who have a ‘I Love My Border Collies’ sticker on their vehicles, then lock them in a hot car. There’s something wrong with these people. They need help. They need to be removed from the streets and highways before they hurt not only others, but themselves. It’s still my hope that one day all of these people will be forced to be penned in an arena large enough to hold them and have a ‘fight to the death’ involving their crazy driving.
Why can’t the drivers who have a ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on their vehicles and drive like assholes be as courteous as the veterans? All the veteran drivers I’ve seen or encountered (they have a special license plate with a red poppy on it) are stand-up drivers (some even have the ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker). They are an inspiration to us all. People with a ‘Support Our Troops’ sticker on their vehicles who drive like assholes soil the name of these proud veterans. Their slash and burn type of driving is disgusting and offensive and they should be embarrassed to display such a sticker because now I associate it with asshole driving – not what it was meant to represent.
5/10/2014 0 Comments
On a Friday night in May of 2013, I was sitting down in front of the television, scrolling through channels when I came across an episode of ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ – another Gordon Ramsay reality television concoction. He’s only slightly less abrasive in this version as opposed to his ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ which has him going off at every turn. For a complete turn of events, he’s a pussycat in ‘Master Chef’. But I digress.
I just happened to come across this particular episode of ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ (and the repeat of it a year later) and the opening teasers were, of course, intriguing. Shows like this usually follow the same formula – a setup, a backstory, a crisis (or train wreck in-progress), an intervention (by Ramsay) and then a solution or conclusion. Something was different however with this episode. The cameras filmed a service-in-progress before Ramsay arrived (nothing new about this concept). But what was captured was truly unbelievable and eye-popping: a train wreck of a restaurant operated by two people with severe mental health issues.
At first it was entertaining, laughable (they have to be making this up, right?… right? People who own restaurants don’t act like this, right?… right? They’re being coached to act like this to ‘drama up’ the situation, right?… right). Then, as this train wreck of a dinner service ended, you’re left sitting there wondering why the restaurant is still operating if this is the way they treat their staff and their guests. It must be an act for the cameras, right?… right?!
Then, as Ramsay arrives and sits down with the owners (both before and after the next train wreck of a dinner service), you end up realizing that, yes, the owners are totally delusional, there is no act and what you have just witnessed is a case of two mentally unstable people put on display for entertainment. But that is what is wrong with reality television. These people (and hundreds more contestants, guests, teams and players that make up the meat and potatoes of reality shows) with mental health issues are put through the meat grinder of reality television for our entertainment. What is wrong with that?
I’m no psychologist, but I have been around long enough and observed endless human behaviour to know that the kind of behaviour that Amy and her husband exhibited on ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ is not normal human behaviour. They have severe mental health issues that need to be addressed in psychotherapy. But again, that is what drives the engine of reality television – unbalanced, out-of-control, over-the-top, sociopathic contestants (who everyone calls ‘crazy’). Without these people who are displayed to us like circus freaks, would we watch reality television? I would suggest, no. It would be dull and boring watching the ‘normal’ contestants battle each other with their ‘normal’ behaviour.
Unfortunately, I don’t know how much goading (if any) or poking at Amy and her husband was done by the producers to provoke them into their tirades. I also don’t know any of Amy’s backstory. This would be insightful knowledge to get at the root cause of her problem. In any event, both ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ and ‘Amy’s Baking Company’ are to blame for the train wreck that was the episode and that is Amy and her husband’s life. ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ gets a thumbs down for putting two people with mental illness on display for our entertainment, but also a thumbs up for bringing this issue to the table. And although you end up feeling the slightest bit sorry for Amy, the wrath she, her husband and her restaurant got after the episode aired was justified. You just don’t treat people like that. Mental illness is no excuse. Fix your own personal problems before involving others in your train wreck. It’s not our fault.
When reality television took over the medium, I tuned out. There is something to be said for really well scripted television. That is the reason why (to combat the reality television craze’s heyday) I took to watching what was left of scripted television (Law and Order and Law and Order: SVU to name two). Mercifully, the reality television craze is dead and now only a few survive. But still, it seems that when you watch one of them, it’s like watching a car crash – you know it’s horrible but you can’t stop watching.
The political entitlement bug ravaged the already-dysfunctional and unnecessary Canadian Senate, now it has continued to make its rounds through the trenches of the rest of what is supposed to resemble the democratically elected government representatives in Canada.
This is not a new disease. It was born some time ago, but it seems (especially with the advent of social media and security cameras on every corner) that the episodes of politicians behaving like belligerent billionaire oil barons who have no respect for public office are becoming more and more frequent.
The last outlandish event involved former Conservative MP Helena Guergis throwing a tantrum and yelling at airport staff in Charlottetown, PEI in 2010. The latest episode (caught on tape) reveals what is really going on in some of the inflated heads who dare call themselves public servants.
Eve Adams, (another) Conservative MP has a hissy fit at an Ottawa gas station in December 2013 because the car wash she took her car through didn’t remove a thin layer of ice from the bumper of her car. Hi – earth to Eve, it’s the middle of winter in Canada. You were lucky the car wash removed the salt from your car. Also, the water from the car wash probably froze as you drove up in front of the gas station – and blocked traffic by the way – to complain about the most ridiculously minute complaint in the history of car washing. It is unfortunate that the audio is not audible in the clip, for that surely would have cooked her goose – though the letter that the gas station owner sent to the Prime Minister certainly seals her fate as yet another entitled politician.
But what is most galling (besides her initial complaint) is that she purposely parked her car in front of other drivers, preventing them from leaving the gas station – outrageous. She calls herself a politician. I call her self-serving, entitled, unrestrained and arrogant. Even the most loyal of Conservative party followers (the gas station owner himself) was outraged by her actions – befitting of someone who thinks that the world revolves around them.
Eve Adams is just one in a long, long line of recent politicians who thinks it fair and just to treat their constituents like trained seals and the dirt they walk on every day. Outrageous. These are the kind of people leading our government? What were the voters thinking? She obviously pulled the wool over their eyes – as politicians usually do. I imagine the situation kind of like how Bev Oda (the infamous politician who bought a $16 glass of orange juice and charged it to the taxpayers) got re-elected in 2011 (even after numerous taxpayer-funded expense scandals broke): flash your pearly whites, bat your eyelashes and play innocent. Voters aren’t dumb. This latest scandal is not financially based – it’s morally based. Canadians don’t stand for anyone (let alone politicians) playing Queen of the Gas Station and treating the patrons like her loyal subjects.
There are other issues at play that will also determine the fate of Eve Adams. However, it is the gas station incident that will stick with voters the most and will ultimately lead to her downfall – hopefully in the form of a crushing defeat at the ballot box. It’s sad, but even such an event won’t derail someone who is obviously delusional about how to act in public, something that should be an even bigger worry than a refund on a car wash.
You’ve all seen the circus haven’t you? The little clowns in the little clown cars… the bearded lady… the shyster flogging shady games. Similar characters can be found in the Canadian Senate. Usually, they hide in the shadows with their hands in the Canadian public’s pockets. Now, they openly stand in public and pick your pockets.I know a lot of Canadians are rightly fed up with the waste of their money in the Canadian Senate. I can feel it. It’s palpable. We’re ‘mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!’ Well, maybe it hasn’t gotten that far yet. And the reason it hasn’t gotten that far yet is because we can’t do a damn thing about it. It’s that simple.
The Canadian Senate will never be abolished until the Constitution is changed. Changing the Canadian Constitution is as close to impossible as you can get. Our very bright leaders of the past decided to make the process so convoluted, confusing and impossible that making the effort to do it wears one out by even taking a moment to think about it.
To change the Canadian Constitution (and thus to abolish the Senate), all the provinces have to agree. Ha! Fat chance. It’s always been an ‘us vs them’ mentality that has caused great friction between the provinces and the federal government. Even without putting Quebec into the conversation, it’s always been an enormous task to make the provinces agree to anything. There is another option to change the Constitution with an amendment to abolish the Senate: only 7 provinces need to agree representing 50% of the population.
The ongoing expense scandal should have been enough to send Canadians into the streets with pitchforks and flaming spears. But Canadians are a busy lot. Sure they like to complain about the wasting of money, but their bright forefathers made it so difficult to enact the process to stop the waste of money that I think they have become resigned to the fact that no matter how much they cry out, the Senate being abolished is only a far off dream.
It’s sad really. We are the people. This is our country. This our money being flushed down the toilet by a bunch of elitist sycophants. When I think of all the good places close to $100 million dollars a year could go (hospitals, schools, new jobs, cancer research, etc) – and see it instead being wasted on pigs at a trough, I want to vomit. It should be up to us and instead it is not. We have told the people who represent us that we don’t want the Senate any longer. They aren’t listening to us.
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