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Serious question: Is Michael Ford high-functioning autistic?

That's the first time we've seen him speak. My wife works with autistic kids and we both looked at each other in wonder - both thinking the same thing.
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Doug Ford talking w @CityTomHayes, says he'll never say never to running in politics again #topoli #cityvote
One bit of good news.

Why is that good news? You want Doug Ford back in TO politics? LeDrew seems to be openly lobbying for Doug to get a job in Tory's administration....
Almost 1 million people voted. 61% of the electorate. A pretty good sample size.

1 in 3 voted for Doug Ford. Think about it.

He also wasn't the only conservative candidate. His campaign wasn't exactly well-planned and professional.

His brother Rob got 383,501 votes in 2010. Doug got 331,023. And he didn't have $60 VRT to bribe us with.

That doesn't say good things.
Sigh. Andray in third place, single digit support? That hurts. We worked so hard.


Roughly translated as slum workers or the mob, this term identifies the class of outcast, degenerated and submerged elements that make up a section of the population of industrial centers. It includes beggars, prostitutes, gangsters, racketeers, swindlers, petty criminals, tramps, chronic unemployed or unemployables, persons who have been cast out by industry, and all sorts of declassed, degraded or degenerated elements. In times of prolonged crisis (depression), innumerable young people also, who cannot find an opportunity to enter into the social organism as producers, are pushed into this limbo of the outcast. Here demagogues and fascists of various stripes find some area of the mass base in time of struggle and social breakdown, when the ranks of the Lumpenproletariat are enormously swelled by ruined and declassed elements from all layers of a society in decay.

The term was coined by Marx in The German Ideology in the course of a critique of Max Stirner. In passage of The Ego and His Own which Marx is criticising at the time, Stirner frequently uses the term Lumpe and applies it as a prefix, but never actually used the term “lumpenproletariat.†Lumpen originally meant “rags,†but began to be used to mean “a person in rags.†From having the sense of “ragamuffin,†it came to mean “riff-raff†or “knave,†and by the beginning of the eighteenth century it began to be used freely as a prefix to make a range of perjorative terms. By the 1820s, “lumpen†could be tacked on to almost any German word.
I think every incumbent that was running won their ward, except for John Parker.

It really all comes down to name recognition, doesn't it? Most people don't know who the fuck they're voting for, they just know they've seen the name.

And you've got to wonder what Parker did to not get re-elected. Going by the rest of the results he must have been caught murdering children in front of a church or something.
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