Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Let's ban bull

The rejection of a contract that would give unionized Toronto Transit workers a 3% raise for the next three years, with the additional clause that TTC workers would remain the highest paid transit workers in greater Toronto, resulted in a surprise strike on Saturday night, leaving thousands stranded in a city that heavily relies on public transit. A starting salary of $41,000 a year for collecting tickets is not nearly enough it seems. A rare Sunday sitting by the Provincial government ordered the employees back to work. Though one would reasonably expect the TTC would be a hot topic of conversation the next day at a city council meeting, logic doesn't count when it comes to municipal politics; accordingly, four hours were devoted to debating a gun ban.

(National Post) City council convened yesterday morning, mere hours after a rare Sunday sitting of the Ontario legislature ordered an end to the Toronto Transit Commission strike. Given that Toronto needed the province to save us from commuter chaos, you'd think council would put the TTC high on its agenda. You'd be wrong.

City council instead spent four hours debating a handgun ban, complete with Councillor Anthony Perruzza reminding council that, "Guns are made for bang, bang, you're dead," and Councillor Rob Ford saying Paul Bernardo is "a sick person." Council then voted to ask Ottawa to ban handguns.
Grabbing the bull by the balls as always. Just like a Republican gun shop owner in Florida.
(Reuters) Senate lawmakers in Florida have voted to ban the fake bull testicles that dangle from the trailer hitches of many trucks and cars throughout the state.

Republican Sen. Cary Baker, a gun shop owner from Eustis, Florida, called the adornments offensive and proposed the ban. Motorists would be fined $60 for displaying the novelty items, which are known by brand names like "Truck Nutz" and resemble the south end of a bull moving north.
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