If Rob Ford had a fucking clue…

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on October 27, 2010 @ 10:03 am

…he would realize that the vehicle registration tax is a user fee that people who cause damage to roads by driving over them in heavy vehicles should have to pay in order for them to be maintained. By getting rid of it, my tax dollars are now subsidizing car owners. A vehicle registration tax is totally compatible with “conservative” or “right wing” values, but this guy is too full of shit to get it.

meat

Filed under:Uncategorized — posted by admin on October 5, 2010 @ 7:53 am

I listened to a debate on the radio between a celebrity chef who loves meat, and a novelist who recently wrote a book arguing against the eating of meat. This is Canada, so it didn’t matter to the host of the show that the same debate between the same two people has happened before on American airwaves over a year ago; he acted like this was going to be a “classic debate.”

I have been a vegan for nearly 10 years. I used to love meat, but the ethical arguments against it finally convinced me to give it up, and shortly after, eliminate eggs and dairy from my diet (as well as other animal products). This is something that I care about, but is also something I don’t really like talking about. I have never made a judgemental comment to anybody about their eating in my life. However, that doesn’t stop some self-righteous omnivores from being assholes from time to time.

Anyway, this debate about the ethics of eating meat was a total bust. The pro-meat argument boiled down to how it was a connection to our past, and that the guy didn’t want to offend any of the people he visited so he will eat whatever he is offered, because ethics apparently aren’t as important as not offending people. When the anti-meat guy pointed out that lots of cultures treat women like shit and we don’t have to respect that, pro-meat guy was all “well, eating meat is the thing we can bond over.” So, great argument, guy. Those are two of the worst possible justifications for anything.



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