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Comments We Like - Christie Blatchford

August 26, 2011 @ 20:38

I got home from Chicago this afternoon and could barely believe what I was seeing take place at Nathan Phillips Square.

The over-the-top out pouring of whatever you want to call it for Jack Layton turned my stomach.

Phoniness might be a good word.

Yea, he was a decent man, and yea he worked hard for his "funny little pretend party", but the absolutely outrageous performances that have followed his death are bordering on creepy.

After watching some of it on the news tonight, my attention was brought to the controversial article that Christie Blatchford wrote earlier this week, and I loved it.

Blatchford points out that Jack was an opportunist who really did enjoy himself while grossly over-estimating his contribution to this country.

Bingo! And a whole pile have fallen for it.

Let's face it folks, Jack Layton was a silly socialist with whacky ideas and his promises were empty based on the fact he'd never have to act on them.

I guess I really shouldn't be surprised by what I saw today. I would assume that the vast majority who walked past Jack's casket are terrified that their mouth piece for entitlement has been silenced.

Their hands have slipped from our pockets.

I'm sure even Jack would have been embarrassed by the forced wailers who sobbed for the cameras today.

I meant what I wrote on Monday. And I was actually impressed with some of the stuff Layton wrote on his death bed. But I'm way more impressed with what Blatchford wrote on Tuesday.

I think it proves what I've always thought. She really does have balls.

Layton's death turns into a thoroughly public spectacle

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
Margaret Thatcher
February 5, 1976

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54 Responses to "Comments We Like - Christie Blatchford"

August 26, 2011 / 22:54

I once thought you had some class, Fred.

Clearly you don't. It is in pretty poor taste to disparage a man before his body is even cold. And Blatchford was the opportunist. To write that, that day after a man dies, shows how low some people can go.

Who are you to judge the grief of others?

Blatchford is a can of smashed assholes
August 27, 2011 / 00:08

Anonymous nailed it. Have some class - wait until the body is cold before making such comments. I'm far from a NDP guy and don't believe in their politics, but Layton was a class act and likable guy by a lot of people, including myself. Therefore, you can't help but feel for a guy who checked out way too early.
You may not agree with what's going on, but let those grieve a man's death and let the dust settle before slinging such remarks.

August 27, 2011 / 00:17

Agree or disagree, it's called picking your moments. Both you and that wrinkled nutsack of a writer could learn a little something about that.

August 27, 2011 / 00:20

Agreed with both commenters. Whatever happened to class, tact, and being considerate to the deceased's family? Blatchford is really grasping at pathetic, attention whoring straws by saying Layton's family is fair game. At least wait until the guy's in the ground!

August 27, 2011 / 00:22

PS Blatchford didn't write it the day after Layton died, the article was published within hours of his death! If ever there was a poster child for "too soon" and "bad taste"!

Tim A
August 27, 2011 / 01:15

This is not a comment 'we' like. Fred, I visit your blog almost daily, listen to your comments on radio and TV and although I rarely agree with your political views 100%, this time I am thoroughly and in no uncertain terms disappointed that you would pay homage to this classless twit.

I may take issue with those who have openly said that Jack Layton is our Princess Di or was the best Prime Minister we never had. I also believe that this is something that has spiraled to the point of honoring the man the same way Trudeau was honored (love or hate Pierre, he shaped this country more than any other Canadian in the last 50 years). To me, it is a little much, however perhaps history will show him as a man in his prime (A political Hendrix or Cobain) who managed to kill the separatists in Quebec, bring the Liberal Party to it's knees in it's own turf and be the one politician that any Canadian would like to have a beer with.

Blachford tried to bury Layton before he was six deep. I firmly believe it was to gain some hits on The Post's website, much like I feel you are doing this for the same reason. To essentially call Blachford
brave and for having the 'balls' to write garbage like that is an insult to any man that has testicles.

As much as it is a probability that there are folks who are jumping on the 'Let's Mourn Layton' bandwagon, there are many (Conservatives, Liberals and Greens alike) who respected him as a human being. Layton's legacy is based on what I said previously and on being a politician of positivity. Ignatieff, Dion, (to a lesser extent) Paul Martin had zero ability to give the left wing of the county something to cheer for. There are few who would ever suggest that Stephen Harper is someone that they could cheer for as a person. That is what set him apart.

In some respects Jack got off easy, he never had to handle a unpopular budget, raise taxes, cut social programs, solve a constitutional crisis or fend off a party scandal. He did fight for the little people, minorities, homeless, gay rights, and was a rare bridge between the English and French who make up our country. In all fairness, it was something Brian Mulroney, Pierre Trudeau failed at and Jean Chretien tip toed past, minus the referendum. For that his legend in death may surpass the man he was in life. As Canadians, we all deserve someone who rightfully, leftfully or wrongfully who we and future generations can believe in or aspire to be. If that is Jack Layton, and someone can carry a torch to the person they perceived him to be, Canada will be a stronger nation for it.

As for Blachford, she is a bitter SEE YOU Next Tuesday who deserves the scorn of a nation in mourning.

(I have to admit I am several ryes into the evening, I hope this post made sense)

August 27, 2011 / 03:26

Y'know, what Blatchford wrote didn't surprise. WHEN she wrote it did - she played the propagandist this week that she accused Layton of and decided to publish her column because she knew she'd get attention. What, was she a middle child or something? Couldn't have waited a couple of weeks before turning the attention toward herself? Spoiled brat.

August 27, 2011 / 04:09

Hey Fred.

Do you feel better knowing that when your day finally comes and people show some emotion that an old crusty dyke like Christie will write nice things about you?

Drew Spacey
August 27, 2011 / 07:56

I know people who worked for or around him during the City Hall days. Opportunist was the only description they could give me about his work for the city.

Il Duce
August 27, 2011 / 07:56

Same nonsense from the same people. Fred gave his opinion and so did Christie, are they not allowed? If their opinions were warm and fuzzy would all be okay? Freedom of speech until it isn't what you want to hear!

Freddie isn't a phony and neither is Christie so get over it people. I'm sure Jack Layton was a great person who died way too early from a terrible disease. Unfortunately, many Canadians die from Cancer on a daily basis and I bet every person, myself included, has had a family member or friend who has met the same fate.

Greg Frost
August 27, 2011 / 07:58

Christie Blatchford is one ugly cunt no matter what she writes and btw i cancelled my subscription to the post largely because of her self indulgent journalism..and she probably has a penis too

Dan Braun
August 27, 2011 / 07:59

disagree strongly with you on this one fred...

Dan Watson
August 27, 2011 / 08:00

"Love is better than anger" is a mantra apparently best left to other people. I was sad at first, but really put off by some of the hateful comments posted by Layton's zealots. One all but called for Blatchford to be stoned in a public s...quare for daring to speak ill of the prophet Layton and followed that by disparaging an innocent six year olds death because she 'hadn't done anything for him or this country'. Too many people drank the kool-aid this time around.

Jeff Foster
August 27, 2011 / 08:00

It is so sad when people become old and irrelevant like Christie Blatchford. Forced to be sensationalist in order to get people to pay attention to them. What a horrible way to go through life.

Graham Duff
August 27, 2011 / 08:01

Focus kids, do Jack proud and be above the petty, personal shit!

Neil Olmstead
August 27, 2011 / 08:02

I like ugly people with penis' ... though I do not understand how this is related to one' opinion... or view on current events.

"Speyside Phil"
August 27, 2011 / 09:34

"Political Opportunism" at it's worst.If any of you don't think that what is going on is all about Politics then you really have drunk the Kool-aid.

August 27, 2011 / 10:37

Well said Fred, I still can't believe that you and most of Canada has let him off the hook for placing a sepratist as the party leader - Turmel's support for the Bloc should kill the party in English Canada by the next election.
I do find it funny that you quoted Thatcher though, her politics destroyed England

August 27, 2011 / 11:19

I was no fan of Layton and of course this a tragic loss to his family.

The over-the-top outpouring by the media and the clueless minority is disturbing. its not surprising and only reflects how empty some 'people;s lives are. However, we shouldn't blame Layton for this, only his desperate, sad followers.

God, it reminds me of when ex-Princess Diana bought it in the tunnel in Paris. Enough already, damn.

August 27, 2011 / 11:25

What's with all the outrage? Blatchford gave him his due, and then she rightly exposed his final act. And as for all those crowds in the streets, where were you people on election day, when Layton was running for Prime Minister? It's public w*nking, that's all it is.

August 27, 2011 / 12:15

Bah screw the Canadian media for another day. I've switched over to CNN and the storm of new millennium. Be afraid people be afraid!

August 27, 2011 / 13:00

C'mon people - the man was on his deathbed and wrote a farewell that managed to take a few shots at the Harper government. Don't you find that a bit cynical? I'm sorry for Olivia and the family, but all of the resulting nonsense has exhausted my goodwill.
@Lew - Thatcher destroyed England? She merely told the layabouts to get off the dole and get to work. If you think Thatcher destroyed England, I'd love to hear your views on Cameron's efforts...

August 27, 2011 / 13:52

I didn't approved of Jack's stance on his NDP beliefs, but don't forget he was very involved with Municipal politics in Toronto.

Fred, I DISAGREE with your spoken word about Jack as he was a person who worked hard trying to promote what he believed in.

You EFFED up on this one.

El Torpedo
August 27, 2011 / 13:59

I love the reaction from the cult of Jack - as usual, the leftists are actually the most intolerant of diverse viewpoints. They all attack Blatchford, jeer at her physical appearance (like they do with Ford), call her derogatory, offensive names, yet not one can point out WHY what she wrote was wrong, except for the timing.

They all want to romanticize St. Layton's last words, as if he gasped them out with his last breath, because the reality of this being carefully crafted by Jack, Olivia and his top advisors over the course of several days reveals it to be just another calculated political move.

Jack could have written an appeal to the Harper Government to soften it's stance, open itself up to other views, do it's very best to lead Canada to a better future, but he didn't - he went to the grave with this bitterly partisan screed as his final act. Proves to me that it was the NDP Jack cared about most. Another typical politician.

"Speyside Phil"
August 27, 2011 / 14:05

El Torpedo: EXACTLY!!!!!!

Al Douglas
August 27, 2011 / 16:22

"Wow in true lefty form contrary opinions are not allowed however if comes from their camp its fine.
What Blatchford,Warmington and now Fred have said was what many of us have been saying at work or in our own group of friends.
I don't understand the mindset of these types of public displays and the handwringing and tears and little teddy bear mountains that grow.
Watching it on the news as Ms Chow(not my preferd name for her) walks along the line of unemployed and fibromyalgia disabled,she is the widow but these fucks are wailing and saying they dont know what their going to do.
State funerals are tremendous ways to show respect to people who died and had accomplished something on the national or world stage.
What did smilin Jack do? Ride bike have a cool moustache and live in socialized housing despite having combined houshold income greater than the households of 4 of his supporters combined."

Tim A
August 27, 2011 / 16:28


Not only do I disagree with your stance as the overwhelming majority here did, I wrote something last night which was never posted. It was 'pending approval'


Freddie P.
August 27, 2011 / 16:43

@ Tim A.
I didn't catch your "pending" post until you brought it to my attention. It is now posted.
However, I must say, your praise of Layton is greatly exaggerated.
What happened in Quebec during the election was nothing more than vote "parking" and an embarrassment to the country.
I've said it many times, Layton was a great guy, super, I'll give you that, but he was far from the status that was heaped upon him today.
Give Harper credit for allowing the "state" funeral, I didn't see anybody on the left praising him for that.
Then again, if he didn't, the whiney left would have shattered our ear drums.

The Boy
August 27, 2011 / 17:42


Vito Ramazoni
August 27, 2011 / 18:34

People,people the real question here is:
In the year 2012 what month will Olivia (puppy) Chow decide to suddenly assume the Layton last name and run for the leader of the NDP on the coattails of Mr. Laytons coffin???

'Come on Irene'
August 27, 2011 / 18:45

Mr. Blatchford draws a verry healthy paycheck from a publication for spluttering out whatever comes to his mind. What a great gig !

August 27, 2011 / 18:59

Bingo, El Torpedo. You nailed it.

August 27, 2011 / 19:44

In Olivia's riding today, I saw a woman wearing an orange t-shirt with Jacko's "last words" emblazoned on it. Make no mistake: this was all carefully crafted by a master opportunist and his sycophants - and it all began the day in late July when Jack faced the press with the grim reaper in his eyes.

I thought you were supposed to forgive your enemies on your deathbed, not busy yourself with your legacy....

August 28, 2011 / 08:58

Enough crocodile tears Canada!!! If half the people attending the state funeral had voted for Jack's party ... he'd have been P.M.

August 28, 2011 / 10:08

I have only one question for all of the people who are vilifying Blatchford, Freddie, and Warmington and the rest who are expressing their opinions.

How long would it take for you to castigate Harper if he died in a car accident today?

I don't think the ambulance would have a chance to reach a hospital before you all would be spitting on his grave. Freaking hypocrites.

Pauly Walnuts
August 28, 2011 / 12:56

El Torpedo, Chris... Bang on.

As for the Lefties... keep spitting your venom... it's what you're good at. I appreciate and respect a difference of opinion, but I marvel at how seemingly intelligent people can be so overly emotional and entirely hypocritical.

Moose the rink rat
August 28, 2011 / 17:24

Fred -- take that picture down of Blacthford before I turn to stone.

L. S.
August 28, 2011 / 19:15

To me your comment "I guess I really shouldn't be surprised by what I saw today. I would assume that the vast majority who walked past Jack's casket are terrified that their mouth piece for entitlement has been silenced." is one of the best lines that I have ever read. It almost says it all. I do wish to add that for the people who have Layton up on a pedistal might wish to remember that he lived in subsidized housing until he was caught ... and talk about "caught".... was he recruiting NDP Memberfs when he was caught in the massage parlor? Politicians enjoy the limelight. Throw out the altruism. They get paid, have tons of perks, and live a very good life. Like spors figures, business people, professionals and the like ~ certain people rise to the top. He rose to the top promising the GREAT FREE RIDE very eloquently. Christie ... THANKS YOU ...

How dare you!
August 28, 2011 / 19:40

How dare you, Karl Marx, Groucho Marx and Richard Marx all rolled over in their respective graves...somethings rotten in the state of denial.

Rob S
August 28, 2011 / 19:55

freddie p are exactly as your "dear leader harper"


August 28, 2011 / 20:32

Blatchford is an opinion columnist, and she's been around more than long enough to be able to separate the BS from the truth. Her column showed guts, knowing damn well that she'd take heat for 'disrespecting' the man that would be sainted in the hysterical fallout of his untimely death. Fact is, she is absolutely correct, on every single point. Good for her, and good for her editors for seeing past the phony public grief that won't last a day past his funeral.

Freddie P.
August 28, 2011 / 21:31

@Rob S.
And to you Rob, I'll say what I say to all empty attacks on the Prime Minister.
Give me two intelligent paragraphs on why he's sick, perverse and disgusting.
Bet you can't.. but if you can, I'll post it on the front page.
What a pathetic comeback.

August 28, 2011 / 23:48

doesn't hurt to like at least ONE politician in my 62 yrs. That will probably be the last one. and I'm not a huge Jack fan.

August 29, 2011 / 09:35

i wouldn't give jack another second of press! let's all move along now people....nothing to see here.

August 29, 2011 / 12:43

what became of David Rutherford?

Pauly Walnuts
August 29, 2011 / 13:39

Hey Rob S., you forgot to bash Mike Harris too.

Dave Williams
August 29, 2011 / 15:14

Rob S. = MENTAL MIDGET. If the man had a half a brain, he would have double of what is in his head right now.

Bob B
August 29, 2011 / 21:17

Anybody watching SUN TV on Rogers Cable Channel 15? If you don't you should. At least one TV News station which speaks its mind and never heard of the word politically correct.

PS. They pretty well agree with Blatchford's and Freddie's comments.

Rob S
August 30, 2011 / 20:28

freddie p wrote: "@Rob S.
And to you Rob, I'll say what I say to all empty attacks on the Prime Minister.
Give me two intelligent paragraphs on why he's sick, perverse and disgusting.
Bet you can't.. but if you can, I'll post it on the front page.
What a pathetic comeback."

Well freddie...I exactly what you asked for, and now you are to cowardly to post them?

Freddie P.
August 31, 2011 / 08:06

And then Rob S. sent me a list that he cut and pasted off the internet. I've probably seen it a hundred times. It was something a lazy school kid would hand in for an assignment. You can find these lists pro and con for all parties.
I want two genuine paragraphs from Rob. But it seems he can't deliver.

Dave Williams
August 31, 2011 / 08:27

Freddie, I do not know why you put up with the blow hard Rob S. types. This type of person, really has no relevance in any political conversation as they tend to hang on to another opinion and try desparately to pass it off as their own.

Rob S
August 31, 2011 / 18:19

Well, fearless freddie just can't perceive that when I write a long comment, I do it in MS word 1st, then do a quick spell check, then cut and paste MY comment into the comments entry field.

So, why has freddie not posted what he asked for and that I provided. freddie chooses to play games, saying he didn't receive anything, or it is copied from another source. If it appears all over the internet in my exact words in the same listing order as you so accuse freddie, then show me the links...this was created by myself. (compiled from my own thoughts on my own computer)

I'm not sure why you are so afraid to post it?

Without furthur adieu, here is MY personal response to freddie's demand:

Why harper is sick, perverse and disgusting:

harper breached his own election laws, not once, but twice
harper plagerized a speech from the PM of Australia
harper taxed income trust funds despite a pre-election promise to never tax them
harper never answered to allegations that he bribed Cadman to vote with the harper party
harper produced a guide to disrupting parliamentary committees
harper prorogued parliament twice to avoid a confidence vote against his regime
harper muzzles his ministers and mps
harper leads the most secretive government in Canadian history
harper has created the largest deficit in our country's history, all the while promising smaller government, but has the largest government in Canadian history
harper spent $1.4 billion on a weekend arrest fest, the largest mass arrest in Canadian history
harper is willing to spend $10 billion on prisons for unreported criminals, when crime is declining
harper is spending $38 billion on fighter jets that have yet to be built in the USA, and no case made for why Canada needs them.
harper sacks every watchdog that does not do his bidding
harper has given without question support to Israel...the only G8 country to do so
harper's minister ritz made fun of the listeroisis outbreak after harper laid off meat inspectors across Canada
harper cancelled the long-form census to get unreliable data and spending more of our money doing so
harper spent $100 million in advertising to tell us how wonderful a leader he is, and thereby bought the support of the media
harper has earned Canada more fossil fuel awards than any other Prime Minister
harper is the only Canadian PM to fail to win a seat on the UN Security council
harper hide information about the abuse of Afghan detainees
harper lost the rights to use Camp Mirage only months before the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, endangering our troops and costing us more.
harper defends the dirty tar sands in Albert as "ethical oil"
harper bribed two provinces with money to bring in the Harper Sales Tax (HST)
harper government was found to be in contempt of parliament not once, but twice,.....the first time in our Canadian history!

These are but a few things extracted from my mind after closely following the political public news that make harper sick, perverse and disgusting

It must just give you warm fuzzies all over reading my compilation eh freddie?

If any thinking person does not feel that the above do not fall into the catagory of sick, perverse or disgusting, then you are not paying attention, just as you probably didn't in school.

So, again freddie or anyone else, do tell Canadians what has your cowardly dear leader harper done for Canada in the last 5 years, other than putting Canada in the largest deficit in our history and embarrassing Canada on the world stage?

We're still waiting and waiting ...........

Good luck with that!

Dave Williams
September 1, 2011 / 08:26

IT appears that Rob S. only receives his news from the Toronto Star. Every one of these empty points that dribbled from his own thoughts from his own computer have meat in the stories that solidify the fact that Stephen Harper is the strongest leader in the G8. So if sick, perverse and disgusting means, leading Canada to be the strongest economic country in the G8, unifying Canada and freeing us from the 1990's Liberal waste, I suppose he is guilty as charged. Rob, look past your headlines and actually investigate the issues before you blindly assume an issue based on the BIG LETTERS that the Toronto Star places in front of you.

September 7, 2011 / 12:39

Rob S. would make a more valid argument if he removed his personal bias and rhetoric from his list and provided non-partisan sources for the points he is trying to make.

That being said, Dave Williams, you should get your facts straight before making claims of 1990s Liberal waste and Canada being the strongest economic country in the G8.

First, federal government spending. This graph should clarify matters for you, re: 1990s Liberal "waste".

Secondly, under the leadership of the Conservative government, Canada has now fallen to 12th in the world in terms of global competitiveness.

In other words Dave, look past your rhetoric and actually investigate the issues before you make blind assumptions and accusations.

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