I've been taking a bit of a twitter and #yegvote break, while enjoying the company of some American friends. I did peek from time to time (in the tag) and I do admit, it did "irk" me to see nasty comment after comment after comment coming from Ms. Kikki..
I remember (not that long ago) when I was like that in twitter. Just being upset, and bashing a lot... and I remember getting shit for being so negative. I have been trying to change, and when I do get into that 'attack' mode, I try to drive that with facts that are balanced. I'm getting better but of course, I am still a long ways away from being politically perfectly correct..
On Sept 13th just before 8 pm... (Oh oh.. a Friday the 13th day... sonofa....) I sent Kikki a tweet that read "Round 3 of 'how stupid I was'? Last 2 rounds you were out to lunch. This is no different. Used to think you cared. Egocentric."
A note of explanation... Kikki and I have this weird love/hate/curiosity type of friendship.. Sometimes we love to love, sometimes we love to hate (paraphrased of course, I'm pretty sure we don't really "hate" each other) and sometimes we make each other curious. We have had in the past, two really semi-major disagreements on politics... One over the Wild Rose, and one over Mandel. The bottom line in both of these was (no offense) I was right... and it created some 'awakenings' with Kikki... we had talks about both of these "after" and apologies were made. Best leave it at that I think.
And now we are into Round 3 of political ... words...
Kikki has made it clear she has a love for Karen, and picks and bashes at Kerry (it seems like every chance she gets) . She responded to my tweet with "I care that candidates tell the truth .. .. Dont lie to me..."
Seems fair, right? Ok Kikki... Lets look at Karen. But perhaps we should look at the truth. The whole truth... not just a slanted version of it. WE KNOW politicians will make a statement that is partially true. At least in their mind, based on twisted facts they choose to believe in, while ignoring the bad facts. You and I both know this is true, just look at all of the twisted and biased and INCOMPLETE facts the City AND council has been misleading the citizens of Edmonton over the Arena deal. And its the same bullshit they did with the airport as well. ..
So if you demand the truth, lets demand the FULL truth, not just a biased portion that fits within your agenda. Karen has clearly supported every ugly detail on the arena, and has supported misleading citizens on the terms and end results of the deal. Lets also not forget her HUSBAND had an association with the Katz Group at the time. Yeah yeah, the part he was involved with was sold... but to think that Katz has no involvement and no influence over him or her... I mean really...
I also noted Kikki would pound on the "look at their voting records" line, showing how much Karen voted for and all of the good things she did. .. I suppose if you really wanted to be fair, one would only look at her first term in office, and compare that to Kerry. But then times were different too. She voted for or supported a lot of stupid things that ended up costing taxpayers a huge pile of money. And to be fair, a lot of council members did the same thing because they got biased and slanted information from city administration folks. So I guess one can blame councils ignorance on administration ignorance. Meh... whatever.
Kikki also asked "what did Kerry instigate to make the arena deal better, what motions did HE bring forward" because apparently what you bring forward counts for a lot, even if its going to be shot down. Well, when you are forced to deal with a lot of council that has been (paraphrased here) "bought and paid for and mislead" by the Mayor... (and I have high level sources within the city that have suggested that many times and no, not one of those were from Kerry) ... then I would presume that to bring forward a motion you know most would not support, would be a "why bother" type of thing. Now I don't know for sure if that's what Kerry was thinking, I'm just guessing...
It's funny that the questions Kikki seems to ask and or demand from Kerry, she doesn't also ask those same ones for Karen... And this goes back to the "truth" part... if you want the truth, demand the FULL truth, not just a portion that fits within your biases or the biases of the person you want to support.
Anyway... To the "egotistical" word. We both started in twitter around the same time. Our reasons for being here are different, but we have a lot in common. I had long discussions with you some time back about my being screwed over and how it destroyed my life. You also said you had similar things happen. You've gone a different route than I have, talk a lot of "wine dipped" comments in the Kikki way of making comments. You've gained a massive following compared to me but again, our goals are different. As well, I've blocked thousands of people because they don't fit within what I want.
You've taken the "socialite" route, but I KNOW you have that caring background. And this is why I'm shocked that you support Karen. A person who has had or been influenced by ties with her husband and has chosen to take the "blind eye" approach to what I consider to be an outright theft of public dollars for a billionaire. If you support Karen (or Don for that matter) then you also support the theft of public dollars for education. You literally are supporting the robbing of your children's future. You are supporting not only the theft of (what will amount to) over 700 million taxpayer dollars for the arena and infrastructure costs AND the loss of (what has been estimated) over 700 million dollars in profits that the arena and concerts and parking will place into the PRIVATE pocket of a billionaire. EVERY penny of profit from events, EVERY penny of profit from retail rentals in the arena space, goes directly to Katz.
WE the people, get NOTHING... and pay for everything.
That's ONE POINT FOUR BILLION DOLLARS... down the tubes.
.. .. And lets not forget that historically every deal of this type has proven over and over the taxes never pay for things the way they were "projected" to have. So while Katz will continue to rake in the profits, he isn't responsible for covering any of the tax losses. And lets also not forget that the taxes going to pay for the arena will HAVE to be made up by all of Edmonton because the arena district will still incur the same tax costs of service that every other area in the city has.
Often, politics is about choosing the lesser of evils. I can not support either Karen OR Don, because both of them think the arena deal rocks. Both of them could care less about taxpayers.
Let me make it clear... I don't think Kerry is the perfect angel by any means. There are things about him that I am not fond of. But he's taken the time to actually sit down and talk with me, and he's listened. Sometimes he comes up with some rather crappy suggestions on things but that has been to open up a dialog of discussions. I've often put forth stupid ideas within twitter. And I've seen some of those stupid ideas turn into some pretty amazing things. This is the part I like the most about Kerry... he's willing to put forward IDEAS to talk about, and see where they grow into. Unlike both Don and Karen, they put forward ideas to implement, and both of them have clearly shown that they, for the most part, don't really care what the public thinks, they just want to twist the words into getting their ideas done.
So yes, Kkiki... I choose to go with the lesser of evils... I choose to read between the lines of what politicians say, and not to be gullible in the words.
So the "egotistical" part for me, is you using your social influence to spread the partial truths. When I was hoping you would choose to be "less blindsided" ... like you were with the Wild Rose and Mandel.
Note to other readers of this post. You are not aware of the private talks Kikki and I have had. You are in no position to judge either me or her, good or bad... Just sayin
And despite anything you all may think, this post was created "with love"...