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Tossing Pebbles in the Stream

This blog is my place to sit and toss pebbles into the stream. The stream of Life relentlessly passing before us. We can affect it little. For the most part I just watch it passing and follow the flow. Occasionally, I need to comment on its passing, tossing a pebble at it to enjoy the ripple affect upon Life's surface.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Buttering Up Mayor Ford

The Canadian National Exhibition opened in Toronto this past week. One of the perennial exhibitsis the large butter sculpture. In years past it has been of a cow or a moose or some such critter, as I remember. This year is a sculpture of Toronto's controversial low brow mayor. (I am not a fan. The great city of Toronto deserves better. Calgary elected an outstanding mayor. . .why, Toronto!)

Toronto's Mayor Ford in Butter

I think this sculpture is perfect. It is his Honour resting his elbow on a steering wheel, with his cell phone pressed to his ear while reading a book by Margaret Atwood. While the mayor is more of a margarine kind of guy, always looking to do something on the cheap, the challenge was to depict him in butter. It is perhaps not totally in appropriate, the mayor is slimness challenged. One of the few things I admired him for doing was to publicly try to lose weight. I know how hard this is. He had a weekly weigh in for the press outside his office. Initially he made progress but as he failed to slim down there were excuses to miss the weigh in. Of course, he was publicly caught cheating on his diet coming out of a fast food joint. ( we do live in the age where everyone has a camera) In the end, he did not reach his goal of losing 50 pounds. I hope he tries again.
I have refrained from referring to him as Toronto's butter ball mayor (that would be cruel)

These days he is most talked about because of his driving his own car,. He has been caught on camera by citizens talking on his cell phone while driving and reading papers at 70 miles an hour on the expressway. He makes no apology but declaring, "I am a busy guy". The police and his brother, Doug, the city counselor, and the other half of this Ford political tag team, want him to have a driver. This is too upscale for the mayor, always looking to save the taxpayer's money.

It was Doug who claimed he had never heard of Margaret Atwood during the struggle to stop the money saving closing of some of the 100 branch libraries in Toronto. Margaret Atwood, Canada's best known writing and resident of Toronto, spoke up in defense of the libraries, which are well used, particularly by the new immigrant communities. As a result of this controversy there was an informal "Atwood for Mayor" campaign. How appropriate it is that the car driving, phone chatting mayor should be reading up on Margaret Atwood as part of his busy day.

I am sure this sculpture will be enjoyed by those visiting the CNE who have some knowledge of the political events in the city.


At 12:34 p.m., Blogger Sissy said...

Good job, stating the facts. All truth needs to come to light. I enjoyed this post much. I wonder: IF the reading, phone using 70mph driver caused a fatal accident, what would happen? Excuses, excuses! Is it not against your laws for him to be doing such assinine maneuvers?

Never mind an answer; our law enforcement get by with TOO much; sometimes even the little act that begins with "M", I've heard.

At 2:13 p.m., Blogger Anvilcloud said...

As Mike Harris and George Bush proved, anyone can get elected once (or even twice), but their parties take awhile to come back afterward.

At 7:47 a.m., Blogger possum said...

Wow! How brave! And how appropriate, apparently in so many ways! I never heard of him, and I guess I am glad of it. We have enough folks like him down here.
And a note to AC- Bush was never elected. Not really. Both elections were stolen, manipulated, and this one looks like it will be purchased.

At 3:41 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

A butter sculpture???? I loved your comment about making it out of oleomargarine instead ... since he is a cheapskate. I would imagine that either one would be hard to keep for long, perhaps a comment on his term in office ???

At 4:47 p.m., Blogger Owen Gray said...

Unfortunately, the mayor has become a laughing stock, Philip.
Toronto could do much better than Rob Ford.

At 12:38 p.m., OpenID goodnightgram said...

What do they do with the butter sculpture at the end? Here at the MN State Fair, we have a sculptor who works on the likeness of the elected Princess Kay. Every hour or so, as the butter is carved away, it is used to spread crackers and the passed around to visitors. The final sculpture is given to Princess Kay and the princess tend to have a corn roast to use their buttered likeness. So . . . I was curious about what will happen to the mayor.

At 10:47 a.m., Blogger judie said...

Oh my Mr. Phillip. I like your observation...butterball mayor. It is what it is. Re your Aug. 6 post, I just found at an estate sale an old book written in 1946 titled Hiroshima. The title of the first chapter is A Noiseless Flash. I am a little nervous about reading it, even tho I'm aware of what it's about.I have a feeling this is one of those "right there" books.

I have not been reading or posting much lately. Where is Heidi? And how are the hikers doing? xoxo

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