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Rob Ford defends his desire to remove Pride flag

Posted by Derek Flack / February 18, 2014

Rob Ford Pride FlagFord Nation, the creepily low budget YouTube series featuring the Mayor and his brother, is back with new episodes, the most noteworthy of which addresses the controversy surrounding the Pride flag at city hall. You'll recall that numerous Canadian cities raised rainbow flags at the outset of the Sochi Olympics to show solidarity with gay communities across Russia. Toronto participated in this gesture at the request of Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam and with the help of Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.

When Rob Ford caught wind of the flag raising, he claimed that it was inappropriate and expressed his desire to have it taken down. "This is about the Olympics, this is about being patriotic to your country," he said at the time. "This is not about sexual preference." Then, like a mature adult who is (putatively) responsible for running the largest city in Canada, he taped a Canadian flag to his office window by way of protest.

Now he's taken to YouTube to defend his stance on the "Pride Ffffffffflag" while his brother meditates or prays by his side (no, really, just watch). After repeating his previous argument related to patriotism and support of Canadian athletes (because these things are mutually exclusive with gay rights, right?), the mayor does his best to look earnest, and delivers this defence to the camera:

"I am not homophobic. I'll got to anyone's house...anyone's place to help them out. I take offence when people say that to me. This is Canada...our Canadian flag should be up there not the Pride flag." When asked for his opinion, Doug Ford digs the hole even deeper by 1) noting that they both have lots of gay friends and 2) insinuating that he and his brother are being bullied into "things."

The whole bit would be brilliant if it was a comedy routine. But it isn't. Oh, and by the way, the breakdown of flags currently being flown at city hall is as follows: nine Canadian flags, eight Toronto flags, and one Pride flag. Thanks for clarifying, Norm Kelly.

Discussion

78 Comments

Roy Schulze / February 18, 2014 at 02:18 pm
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Will this nightmare ever end?!?
Bob / February 18, 2014 at 02:23 pm
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Although I don't blame him for taking a nap while Bobby Ford speaks... wake up Dougie.
Chris / February 18, 2014 at 02:23 pm
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I am not a fan of Rob Ford but this is one thing I agree with. I have gay friends and family members and I fully support our gay community BUT the pride flag does not represent myself or our country. I am Canadian and proud of it. I think it was/is inappropriate not to fly our Canada flag to show support to all of our athletes
Mac replying to a comment from Chris / February 18, 2014 at 02:31 pm
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There are 9 Canadian flags flying Chris. The point of the Pride flag is to represent everyone.
Natalie / February 18, 2014 at 02:31 pm
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There are 9 Canadian flags flying at City Hall in addition to 1 Pride flag. Nine, 9, NIIIINE.
jen replying to a comment from Chris / February 18, 2014 at 02:32 pm
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What part of there's nine Canadian flags already flying at City Hall did you not understand?
Zoe replying to a comment from Chris / February 18, 2014 at 02:32 pm
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Chris, see the end of the article where it breaks down that at city hall there NINE Canadian flags flying at City Hall. It's not like they stripped everything else down to put up a single flag. The pride flag is not in place of any other flag, it is in addition to.
AY / February 18, 2014 at 02:33 pm
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The "I have gay friends" argument is really funny. All you're proving is that you're a bad friend. If there were laws that so clearly discriminated against you and compromised your safety wouldn't you want your friends to support you/show solidarity?
Flag Bearer replying to a comment from Chris / February 18, 2014 at 02:46 pm
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They also fly flags for Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, Canadian Association of Retired People, Flag of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Parental Alienation Awareness, CUPE Flag, and Movember, among others. Pretty sure ROFO didn't make a fuss then.
John Labatt / February 18, 2014 at 02:48 pm
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Is Rob Ford a Homosexual i think that would be the proper question to ask here. He smokes Crack, Homosexuals enjoy a different kind of Crack. Rob Ford is a big man, Homosexuals have a Bear night for big guys.I don't really see him as a ladies man. What do the people here think. Please no dumb dumb or ignorant comments please.
grayson / February 18, 2014 at 02:49 pm
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Why cant they fly both flags?
K / February 18, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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I am so disturbed by how inarticulate, bigoted and inappropriate these two are. As representatives of our city it is their responsibility to show some courtesy towards the gay community whether they feel like it or not. I'm sorry but what point were they trying to make with, "I have gay friends" when they pointedly neglect showing support for their presumed friends? I agree with Roy, when will this nightmare end??
Mongo the Mongolian / February 18, 2014 at 03:07 pm
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I would like to have a pair of rub ferd's undies on a flag pole at Chitty hull.
Mongo the Mongolian / February 18, 2014 at 03:15 pm
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Rob/Dug...Do you have any Mongolian friends?
Jacob / February 18, 2014 at 03:21 pm
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Hey, Ford, let's use some of your own rhetoric here:

Gay people are only human. Let's move on.
MyGod / February 18, 2014 at 03:21 pm
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Seriously, Douggie's rant about bullies is absolutely hilarious.
Talk about pot calling the kettle black....

These buffoons are such cowards, disabling ratings and comments on their videos and channel. Pathetic idiots, I can't wait for October.
Rick replying to a comment from Mac / February 18, 2014 at 03:34 pm
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Sorry, but you mean to say there is a country called FAG LAND somewhere ???
steve replying to a comment from grayson / February 18, 2014 at 03:39 pm
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Do you read? Maybe try that before commenting
Al / February 18, 2014 at 03:53 pm
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It's no use. He will claim that the Pride flag was being flown in place of a Canadian flag, even though Canadian flags were still flying. His supporters will believe him. His whole campaign is based on lying and hoping that his supporters are too stupid to realize that he's lying. That's why he keeps talking about LRTs as 'streetcars'. That's why he keeps saying he has saved $1 billion. So far, betting on his supporter's stupidity has paid off.
Dave replying to a comment from Chris / February 18, 2014 at 03:54 pm
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The Canadian flag is flying. In fact, 9 of them are. What's the harm in flying one pride flag to show support? There isn't one. Unless it makes you uncomfortable. But that would suggest something.
Mac replying to a comment from Rick / February 18, 2014 at 04:18 pm
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Rob?
Yes Rick FAG LAND / February 18, 2014 at 04:20 pm
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Next door to you, Rick. Better pucker, if you know what I mean.
Adam H. replying to a comment from Chris / February 18, 2014 at 04:23 pm
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There are NINE Canadian flags at NPS. There is ONE Pride flag, flying on the ceremonial flagpole after a perfectly correct request to the protocol office.

What, exactly, is the problem?
Marc replying to a comment from Adam H. / February 18, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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This challenges Chris' buy into the faux-nationalism that is forced unto us during the Olympics and therefore he must complain.
hip / February 18, 2014 at 04:45 pm
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The only comedy here is DF's biased opinion.
Trustee Sam / February 18, 2014 at 05:13 pm
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Homosexism! Homosexism! Homosexism! Urban Dictionary told me so.
Grant / February 18, 2014 at 05:20 pm
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Poor Doug's being bullied by PFLAG.
Ilya / February 18, 2014 at 05:26 pm
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Where's the my Ukrainian Flag? My homeland and its people are fighting for freedom and European trade and political deal. But the government has not listened to the people and sided with Russia and Vladimir Putin!!!

There is still time to save Ukraine from this decision and show the world that we DO NOT SIDE WITH RUSSIA!!!!

Raise the Ukrainian Flag at City Hall in protest of what happening to my people AND people in Russia!
Bryce / February 18, 2014 at 05:33 pm
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Prolific liar Rob Ford says he isn't homophobic. Funny.
gary / February 18, 2014 at 05:34 pm
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What kind of a mayor, goes out of his way to divide a city and stir up hatred? Can't people see he's just trying to tear this city apart for his own political gain? It's a completely selfish and cynical act. Ford believes there are more hateful, homophobes in this city, than gay supporters, so he's working hard to win that anti-gay vote. What does that tell you about Rob Ford?

DEPLORABLE!
Kyle Smith replying to a comment from Mongo the Mongolian / February 18, 2014 at 05:35 pm
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They don't make flagpoles that big.
ProudBigotandHomophob / February 18, 2014 at 05:37 pm
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Oh God! Think the man gets it that there are 9 flags a-wipes.

The "pride" flag does NOT represent everyone: only gay men and women, and their supporters (people who support alternative lifestyles).

See you still can't spell eh Deryk.
Mike replying to a comment from Ilya / February 18, 2014 at 06:36 pm
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I agree what is going on in the Ukraine is awful, but there is a big difference between a portion of the populace fighting the gov't over a shitty trade deal, and a group of people (across the world) who are persecuted, killed, etc solely because of who they are attracted to. I think you picked the wrong forum to bring your plight to.
Dianne / February 18, 2014 at 06:36 pm
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Ukraine!!!
Mongo the Mongolian / February 18, 2014 at 06:41 pm
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Rub &Dug: Let's send them to Ukraine! Mastruvia!
Jerome / February 18, 2014 at 06:42 pm
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Uganda bans miniskirts, pornography
http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/652677-uganda-bans-miniskirts-pornography.html



Uganda leader will sign anti gay


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Jerome / February 18, 2014 at 06:43 pm
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http://m.aljazeera.com/story/201421565051727696

Uganda leader will sign anti gay bill
Diane / February 18, 2014 at 06:46 pm
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Its not a joke. Ukrainian government has sided with Russia, the people of Ukraine are fighting against this. If your serious about this issue and don't want anti gay laws to spread, show Russia its unacceptable ways are over, and support the citizens of Ukraine.
Vlad replying to a comment from Mike / February 18, 2014 at 06:53 pm
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Issue in Ukraine effects Male, Female, Hetro and homosexual much bigger issue. Anti-Gay law in Russia only effect gay in Russia not rest of world.
Vlad replying to a comment from Mike / February 18, 2014 at 06:54 pm
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If Putin has his way anti-gay law will be brought to Ukraine to show support. Russia much powerful over Ukraine. Want to stop anti gay stop Ukraine
alanna s replying to a comment from Ilya / February 18, 2014 at 06:58 pm
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I would recommend contacting your councillor and city hall about getting the Ukrainian flag raised - that is exactly what this pole is for - this is a pole with rotating flags for raising awareness and showing solidarity (like the rainbow flag). It was NEVER intended for the Canadian flag. like it has been mentioned - there are 9 Canadian flags flying and as always, the Canadian flag is flying on the largest pole.
the Fords, as usual, are using this as a wedge issue for votes - it is crass, dishonest and despicable politics playing.
Quinn / February 18, 2014 at 07:06 pm
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It's despicable the way Rob and Doug Ford are using the LGBT community as a wedge issue.

p.s. Rob looks high in that video.
dear proudbigot / February 18, 2014 at 07:17 pm
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That's Derek, not Deryk. In the future, hatemonger, why don't you keep your hate to yourself? Stay IN the closet from now on and have early heart attack while jerking off, jerk.
Mongo / February 18, 2014 at 07:42 pm
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I work in this space and am launching big things inQ4.
Mango / February 18, 2014 at 09:19 pm
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I grow in this space and am going to be ripe in Fall.
Mongo the Mongolian / February 18, 2014 at 09:21 pm
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I fart in this place & am running for mayor Q4!¡¿™
Q4 / February 18, 2014 at 09:23 pm
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M**O**N**G**O Q4
Mung / February 18, 2014 at 09:24 pm
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I am a bean.
Beans / February 18, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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I can be baked, soaked, simmered, or fried.
Mark / February 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm
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This whole debate encapsulates the tedious naval gazing and narcissim that permeates through this city. One, it is a flag, it's not hurting anyone. Two, it is meaningless and only raised to make the 'look at meeeee' progressive crowd so proud that they are sticking it to that mean man Putin. Meanwhile no one outside the city including anyone in Russia (gay or straight)gives a fuck one way or the other.
Beano / February 18, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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I am an enzyme to be ingested after eating beans, to prevent the farting caused by beans.
Beans, beans, beans / February 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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The more you eat, the more you fart, the more you fart, the better you feel, so eat beans with every meal.
Scott / February 18, 2014 at 11:42 pm
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Its a flag. Cloth, with designs. Whether its Canadaian, gay, purple. Whatever. Its a flag.

Our world is in a state of constant turmoil. War, disease, corruption, sadists etc.

I'm not trying to be little the issue for gay/bi/trans people. It is a valid issue.

But its a flag. Stop allowing yourselves be distracted by a biased media which feeds you the stories they want you to hear. Do a little digging. Fight for whats right. Don't just sit by your computer and whine about flags and insult an obviously very wounded person (the mayor) with petty and trivial cheap shots. We are all human. We're in this together guys.
Why_Why_Zed / February 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm
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Toronto, historically recognized as a progressive, cosmopolitan city has this waste of sperm as mayor.

Houston, historically recognized as a conservative, not-so-progressive city has an openly gay socially progressive mayor who has been re-elected three times.

Gord / February 19, 2014 at 12:36 am
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Ukranians are dying because of this!!! Gays are not dying in Russia! Im all for the cause of both issues Russian Olympics and Ukranian BUT people are now dying over this in the Ukraine...
Aaron / February 19, 2014 at 12:45 am
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I'd rather see the flag of Toronto up there and not that of a special interest group.
Tammy replying to a comment from Aaron / February 19, 2014 at 01:05 am
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A special interest group?!??!! What are you saying homosexuals are a special interest group, AN after school program! What are you saying you homophobic PRICK!!!!!!!
steve replying to a comment from Aaron / February 19, 2014 at 08:24 am
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Your bigotry is overtaking your intelligence.
AY replying to a comment from Irwin Mimico / February 19, 2014 at 08:25 am
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This stuff doesn't make people homophobic, it just makes people more vocal about their existing homophobia. And nothing makes me happier than pissing off homophobes. Times are changing Irwin and fewer people share your ignorant views.
Justin Turdeau / February 19, 2014 at 08:34 am
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No more fag flags!
Terry replying to a comment from Chris / February 19, 2014 at 09:42 am
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Someone didn't read the article! It clearly states there are 9 Canadian flags flying at City Hall!!
j-rock / February 19, 2014 at 09:56 am
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Ford's a moron, but he does cynical politics really well. Clearly his strategy is to get the "social conservatives" (aka the closet bigots) all fired up against the "gay, leftie, elite conspiracy", and hope that gets them out to the polls in October. It worked for George Bush down south in 2004. In the middle of the Iraq debacle, he won an election in large part because half of the country was terrified by the thought of two boys kissing. This is a calculated play on the part of both him and Doug.
Mama Irwin Mimico / February 19, 2014 at 10:15 am
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Irwin Marion Mimico! You are going to bed without dinner! Wait until your father gets home! All those tissues on the floor beside your bed and those magazines with all those naked men!
Mayor Ford / February 19, 2014 at 10:24 am
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Flags are the most important things in the world! When I'm elected the Dixon Bloods will be an armed(well, they're already armed) flag police! I will personally climb any flagpole flying a flag that's not nice! Flags are crucial, more important than transit, obeying the law, crack, prostitutes, etc. VOTE HATE, VOTE FORD!
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PowderPuff / February 20, 2014 at 02:00 pm
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Look at all the gays spreading heterosexual hate messages on this blog.

Get it through your pee brained heads (that's the ones on your shoulders), heterosexuals are NOT in the closet, EVER. Normal heterosexual men and women enjoy each other immensley. Quit deluding yourselves into thinking we have nothing better to do than think of you. I know that's what gets it hard for some of you, but its only delusional wishful thinking. Only gay people come out of the closet although why I'll never know because seriously, we couldn't care less about you (we NEVER will, deal with it).

Ukraine went to Russia for help, not the other way around. If Ukraine joins the EU, you'll get what you deserve. Russia is doing you a favor by lending you the money to stay independent. You won't be free if you join the EU and in the end you won't be better off financially.
Mark / February 20, 2014 at 02:34 pm
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It's nice how BlogTO doesn't moderate the comments.
Powderpuff, aka Proud Bigot / February 20, 2014 at 06:20 pm
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Stay in the closet, hateful, incoherent feral pig! Stay there drooling & jerking off with yer pal Mayor Hate! Have a heart attack NOW, jerkoff. Eat a poisoned perogie, you can't even read a newspaper or find Kiev on a map. Your mommy doesn't even care what you think...why would anyone else?
Mama Irwin Mimico / February 20, 2014 at 06:23 pm
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My Irwin is running for council where Doug ford is shatting right now!
I am Sandro Lisi's iphone / February 22, 2014 at 09:37 am
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I have a book deal. Sandro used me to secretly video/record Rob the Dog injecting heroin, ordering hits, ordering extortion, buying drugs, setting up drug deals, etc. It's penitentiary time for Rob the dog...but that's all personal, right Feces Nation?
Toronto Proud / February 25, 2014 at 10:10 am
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Sadly rob ford and his brother are fooling the Canadian and Toronto public. This façade got them voted into office. His so-called nation of "enablers". The ford family are brilliant actors: playing victim (i.e. on the Today show) when caught with the hand in the cookie jar and threatening war on everyone (i.e. council sessions) when cut-off for stealing and lying about how many cookies they really ate. Yet, Toronto continues to remain quiet and accept rob fords antics and the absolute lunacy that comes with his family and friends.

Toronto has the potential to be a great city again. If anyone is waiting for the mayoral elections to make that true, you are all smoking something illicit. Action to stop poor decision-makers like rob & doug ford begins now: stop posing for pictures with him; quit saying this rich, spoiled, arrogant brat represents the poor folk. And especially people of colour or different cultural and sexual orientations; this man is a racist, sexist, ignorant, illiterate, elitist, homophobic, xenophobic a$$hole, who wants you to vote for him to prove he is smarter than you.
Powderpuff, aka Proud Bigot / February 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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And there's plenty more where that came from. LOL. FYI, geography is a passion of mine (one of them), as is urban geography. Also, I'm sorry I can't accomodate your request to die at this time. You, though, should be careful. That temper of yours might cause a blood vessel to burst inside your head.

You know as someone who works blogTO (Deryk-lol), you could call the police. I understand there's plenty of gay cops now. Perhaps they'll be sympathetic
Powderpuff, aka Proud Bigot / February 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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And there's plenty more where that came from. LOL. FYI, geography is a passion of mine (one of them), as is urban geography. Also, I'm sorry I can't accomodate your request to die at this time. You, though, should be careful. That temper of yours might cause a blood vessel to burst inside your head.

You know as someone who works blogTO (Deryk-lol), you could call the police. I understand there's plenty of gay cops now. Perhaps they'll be sympathetic to your needs. Just capture my IP address. Simple. Then the police can look at all the posts at blogTO and lay charges. Sound good? What are you waiting for? Go ahead. Make the complaint. I'm waiting...

Poor Ukraine. They have no clue they're being lied to (by the gay media, and members of the EU who live in the Ukraine and Russia, who already have money invested with these schmuks). The EU has some brainwashed, unfortunately. What's the EU? A great big ass ponzi scheme. Only the original top 3 countries will make any money, because poor old Ukraine won't be able to find others to join the club. You think Ukraines poor now? Wait and see what's in store for them if they join the EU. Hasn't done a thing for Greece. So you think begg
Powderpuff, aka Proud Bigot / February 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm
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And there's plenty more where that came from. LOL. FYI, geography is a passion of mine (one of them), as is urban geography. Also, I'm sorry I can't accomodate your request to die at this time. You, though, should be careful. That temper of yours might cause a blood vessel to burst inside your head.

You know as someone who works blogTO (Deryk-lol), you could call the police. I understand there's plenty of gay cops now. Perhaps they'll be sympathetic
Powderpuff, aka Proud Bigot / February 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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And there's plenty more where that came from. LOL. FYI, geography is a passion of mine (one of them), as is urban geography. Also, I'm sorry I can't accomodate your request to die at this time. You, though, should be careful. That temper of yours might cause a blood vessel to burst inside your head.

You know as someone who works blogTO (Deryk-lol), you could call the police. I understand there's plenty of gay cops now. Perhaps they'll be sympathetic
Powderpuff, aka Proud Bigot / February 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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And there's plenty more where that came from. LOL. FYI, geography is a passion of mine (one of them), as is urban geography. Also, I'm sorry I can't accomodate your request to die at this time. You, though, should be careful. That temper of yours might cause a blood vessel to burst inside your head.

You know as someone who works blogTO (Deryk-lol), you could call the police. I understand there's plenty of gay cops now. Perhaps they'll be sympathetic to your needs. Just capture my IP address. Simple. Then the police can look at all the posts at blogTO and lay charges. Sound good? What are you waiting for? Go ahead. Make the complaint. I'm waiting...

Poor Ukraine. They have no clue they're being lied to (by the gay media, and members of the EU who live in the Ukraine and Russia, who already have money invested with these schmuks). The EU has some brainwashed, unfortunately. What's the EU? A great big ass ponzi scheme. Only the original top 3 countries will make any money, because poor old Ukraine won't be able to find others to join the club. You think Ukraines poor now? Wait and see what's in store for them if they join the EU. Hasn't done a thing for Greece. So you think begging for money from Germany will make you feel better? I feel bad for you. I understand your fears (I know your history with Russia). The EU is using your fears against you. God speed Ukraine, I am praying for your safety, and deliverance.

The EU will falter, and when it does, the worlds economies will fall with it. Who will bail the world out then? Us? Them? Trade with them, but don't ever join them, and for Gods sake, don't put all your eggs in one basket (trade with many countries).

Putin did an amazing job with the Olympics this year, don't you think? Congratulations Canada on your medals. Very excited and happy for you all.

Hey "Toronto Proud"! Do you ever sound like Councillor DiBaermaker (a little like Adam Vaughan too). Very drama diva like. Keep up the good work.
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THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT ROB FORD IS - / February 26, 2014 at 10:10 am
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How do I put this- well I guess I'll have to be direct. Rob ford is right on this point. The gay pride flag should not ever be flown at city hall or anywhere!!! Do you actually think that most people want to see this shit? No fucking way! Keep your sexuality to yourself. Wtf are you trying to prove? That there's plenty of gays in Toronto? Don't worry, we all know you're here when your stupid disgusting pride parade darkens our city every summer!This is the great thing about winter! You people have to keep your junk covered and mostly indoors. Once summer hits all the stink bags air their nasty bodies while Torontonians must watch in horror. I'd wager any amount of cash that the majority of Torontonians and Canadadians in general are homophobic. Most just wouldn't admit it publicly. Rob and Doug Ford do.

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