FIGHTING CITY HALL

Of all the things that we watched on election night, yesterday and today, it was the remarkable way democracy is working. People are free to vote for whoever they want to. Given that, despite Trump’s bluster and somewhat off the wall rhetoric, it appears that there are things going on in the counting process or perhaps the process of getting ballots from the mail house to where they are being counted that are on the shady side. 

Yesterday we thought Biden had it. We’re not so sure now, even though Biden may reach 270 electoral college seats today. It appears that not everything in Penn, Wisconson and Michigan is exactly truthful shall we say.

For example, making poll watchers stand 25 feet away from the counting is highly suspicious. Both sides should be allowed to stay within 6 feet of those counting the ballots. You can’t see a thing from 25 feet away. What’s up with that? What are they hiding?

And then there’s the odd overnight inexplicable huge rise in numbers for Joe Biden. In both Michigan and Wisconsin, vote dumps showed 100 percent of the votes going for Biden and zero percent – not even one vote—for Trump. In Michigan, Biden somehow got 138,339 votes and Trump got none. Zip. Zero. Zilch.

Something is beginning to smell here. Given that, the legal ramifications of this are beyond the pale and there’s a serious timeline where these things can be investigated. Blanche, it ain’t over till the fat lady sings and the fat lady ain’t singin yet.

Yesterday we fought city hall. We shop on a street that has stores on one side and a daycare on the other. Lo and behold we arrived to shop and saw that on both sides of the street the meters were covered with bright red reserved signs. And…there was narry a truck or orange cone in sight.

So we called 311 to find out what was happening. Kudos to them as they answered immediately, no waiting on hold and they spoke English. Two points for that.

The woman at the other end investigated immediately and told me that Eeeeeedro (Hydro) Quebec is doing work in the area and they requested no parking signs on both sides of the street from November 4 until the end of the month.

That’s when we blew a gasket. So what, I asked this woman, are merchants to do for a month? Shut down until Eeeeedro decides to do whatever fixing they have in mind? We explained to her that the people making these decisions continue to get their full salaries even though they are shutting down entire blocks of stores until they are good and ready to work.

I explained  that means they have no skin in the game. I then told her (after I heard that the conversation would be recorded) that’s the reason Madam Plante will hopefully not be re-elected. Nobody cares in city hall. They have a job, they do it, collect their salary and go home. The havoc their actions cause are of no concern to them. As Sue Montgomery, they never leave their ivory towers so as not to be contaminated by the little peeps aka deplorables.

We are not done with this, will follow-up today and keep you posted.

One more little ditty about Montreal’s obviously very inexperienced and naive mayor. She tweeted the following the night of the election:

All the eyes of the world, and especially Montreal, are on the US election tonight. Good luck @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris, your high school is rooting for you.

Seriously? Blanche, did you know that you were rooting for Harris to win?

Here’s a headline for Valerie Plante: Kamala Harris would rather not have people know she went to high school here. It ruins her profile which she wants kept as growing up a poor little black girl. If people found out her mother worked in McGill’s science department how would that look? Oh wait. It would look like her parents were educated.

Plante is a neophyte in terms of political savvy. In fact, if she doesn’t get it after three years in office, she most likely will never get it. And so, when she doesn’t come out smelling good that whiff is shared with all Montrealers.

It looks like the NFL didn’t learn a thing from the NBA’s decision to have black lives matter written at the end of their basketball courts. After generating record-low ratings, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league would leave social justice messages “off the floor” moving forward.

Well, the NFL is opening soon and the players will have messages on their football shirts. Participating players will replace the surnames on the back of their jerseys with one-word themes chosen from the following options: Justice, Love, Peace, Equality, and Unity. Ah shucks. And that’s going to help a ten-year-old black kid living in a bad neighborhood?

Spare us and put your money where your mouth is. Instead of making yourself f.e.e.l. g.o.o.d how about bringing that kid to a football game? Wait. That would mean they have to get their hands dirty. Never mind.

The NFL best tread very carefully here as people are not in a good mood these days. Covid fatigue as set in and when they watch a football game, they just want to be entertained, not preached to.

And finally, something to chew on no matter who becomes president: Biden got 50.4% popular vote. Trump got 48%. Basically a tie and nobody should be gloating. 

Oh yes. The one profession you may want to stay away from is being a pollster. Unless of course you know another way to make the numbers reflect the vote. So far, they are 0 for 2 (2016 and 2020)

Good Shabbos We’ll talk…

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