Thursday 30 October 2008

Pincott's # 1 fan

Seems I touched a nerve with Mr. Muta, Brian Pincott's #1 fan from Auckland, New Zealand.

On the forum mentioned in my previous entry; he responded with these rather hot-headed comments at 3:20 PM:

"Wow, sorry, but your 'blog' is a complete joke. Way to twist the context of what I said into your own sad, delusional argument. Did you even ask me to explain what I meant when you decided to take what I said out of context and 'blog' it? ....No? Okay, then. Just letting the entire world know that you didn't do that. Top notch journalism right there, yup.

Also, you're quoting your significant other's blog? Laugh. Try to get a more unbiased, neutral observation of how you perceive Pincott's views. Your credibility goes down the drain right there when you not only quote blogs, but family members. Even you can figure that out. I would've expected more from you.

Oh yeah, the living wage thing: I doubt yuo even know what exactly he means by that, and if it is what you think it is, we already have a very popular version of it: it's called welfare.

Furthermore, the rest of your argument is pure speculation and delusional crap without any real facts to back any of it up. Not only is it funny because you 'quote' your own husband's blog as being solid fact, but you mention how Pincott "has covered" things since being office. Then, you go on to list Pincott's opinions and values, instead of documented actions, as the supporting evidence for your claims. This, in itself, is completely laughable.

I NEVER said I advocated everything Brian Pincott supports; the fact that you blindly ignore this leaves little, if any, credibility to the tripe you claim to pass off as substance on your 'blog'.

You conveniently forget to mention Pincott's views on urban sprawl, public transportation, inner city beautification, homelesness, arts funding, a zero waste policy... and on and on and on. How convenient it is that you choose to attack his other (and in scope, minor) platforms that pale in comparison to the ones that you conveniently missed. What a joke.

Perhaps you should have done a little more investigation into the context of the argument first before getting headstrong through your keyboard trigger-happiness. It is amazing you were once a 'politician'; seems you're better fit for a career writing in the Columns section of the Calgary Sun.”

Then not even 30 minutes later; obviously still seething, left this in my blog comment section.

“Amazing that your blog is consisted of such tripe. Way to construe an argument to fit your own twisted, delusional agenda. Perhaps you would have consulted me for clarification on my views on Pincott's platforms? ...No? Okay, just thought I'd like to bring that to the attention of this website.

In case people don't know, this 'blogger' took a viewpoint from a message board, and construed it into some kind of piece she calls an argument. Then, used her husband's blog to back her own up hypocritically attacking Pincott's values.

How convenient it is Jane attacks the platforms that pale in comparison to the rest of the platforms Pincott suggests. Urban sprawl, public transportation, affordable housing, homelesness, arts funding... the list goes on. But hey, Jane likes to attack organic composting. Laugh.

The rest of your blog is laughable at best, with no solid evidence to back anything up - except for a blog that your HUSBAND wrote. You attack opinions and values, and then give questionable responses - and opinions - yourself. I'm in no way a supporter of Pincott, but the way you've construed your blog with minimal research and factorial information the consistency of gelatin is laughable. A Grade One student could crap out better writing bits than this.

Amazing that you were once a politician. You'd be better suited for writing column pieces in the Calgary Sun. You know, the section that people use for cat litter.”

Oh... where to begin. Earlier in the day I was accused of being a politician; now I "once was".

Yes, I have quoted my husbands blog and yes, it is my biased opinion he did a good job of covering Brian Pincotts idiotic ideas.

Does Pincott have some good ideas? Yes, sadly they are few and far between and not the ones garnering the attention of residents of his ward or the local media.

Now if Muta was here in Calgary he could read the papers. Given he lives on the other side of the planet, I suggest he brush up on his google skills. Then again he says he is not a supporter... but boy he sure gets steamed when someone draws attention to Mr. Pincott's short-comings.

Now since Mr Muta is lacking in google ability and questions the validity of the Pincott list of accomplishments, here is the list with supporting "independent" evidence.

Brian Pincott wants to ban you from fertilizing your own lawn.

The great pesticide debate

City committee to vote on the phasing out of cosmetic pesticides on Wednesday

Emma Gilchrist, Calgary Herald
Published: Friday, June 20, 2008

Pincott, one of three aldermen who brought forward the proposal for a ban, questions the credibility of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.
Pincoott concedes the public will have to adjust.
"There will be some dandelions on sports fields," he says. "But that has never hurt anybody."

Brian Pincott wants to ban backyard fire pits.

Aldermen Agree To Study Permits For Firepits
CHQR Newsroom

But Alderman Brian Pincott says maybe the city should look at banning them altogether.

Brian Pincott wants to ban household pesticide use.

Ok, I admit this is a duplicate; see #1 above.

Brian Pincott wants to violate your property rights by banning you from cutting trees and bushes on your own property.

Rick Bell
Wed, July 30, 2008

What is even scarier is Druh the Shrew and a few of the other aldermen, who were no doubt always the kids ready to tattle to get attention, are winning in their agenda to sweat the small stuff and let the big stuff slide. First they push a bylaw where the municipal crowd will take away Aunt Marge's pension cheque if she dares spot-spray a dandelion with 2,4-D, approved for use by Health Canada.

Then they muse openly about banning new drive-thrus and forcing citizens to get the permission of city paper shufflers to cut down a tree on their own property.

Brian Pincott supported spending a million dollars to have artistic decoration at
Calgary’s sewage processing facility.

Brian Pincott wanted to hire a poet for the city of Calgary for $250,000 per year.

Seems these two are really one and the same... all the better. LOL

Ian Robinson
Sun, September 14, 2008

Brian Pincott, whose extensive background in the theatre makes him the only alderman who can actually -- without blushing! -- defend hiring a poet for the sewage treatment plant.

Brian Pincott supports spending millions on pedestrian bridges downtown.

From Ward 11 blog:

….yes, I did vote in favour of the bridges.

We agreed to spend $25 million on the design of two bridges and the construction of one.

Troubled water for bridges

Alderman calls on council to sink $25-million pedestrian walkways project in wake of financial meltdown Ald. Brian Pincott, who voted in favour of the project, said while he has received an earful from constituents, they weren't given the correct information and he wants to set the record straight.

"The public reaction has been pretty heavily against these bridges based on really substantial misinformation in the media," he said.
"A basic pedestrian bridge across the Bow River is in the range of $15- to $18-million and this is something that will benefit the city for many years."

Pincott said city politicians need to stop looking with a short-term vision and start thinking how the city will look 30 years down the road.
But with council trying to stay below a double-digit tax hike for 2009, McIver said this isn't a hill for aldermen to die on.

Brian Pincott called for a review of Calgary’s off-leash dog parks because apparently there are not enough dog free paths for joggers.

Mike Blanchard

Dog park review will likely go to the dogs
6/24/2008 9:00:00 AM

Does Calgary need more off-leash parks? What about dog-only parks? It depends who you ask. Suddenly, off-leash areas are an issue again. Alderman Brian Pincott wants a review of the situation saying these places are becoming more crowded. There's no doubt that some parks have become incredibly popular places.

Let's see, what have I missed. Oh, yeah. I am not a journalist and have never claimed to be. So to try and insult my writing skills or my blog has zero effect, nice try though.

Mr Muta claims I have taken his statements out of context... even though I have posted them verbatim and anyone can view them on the original forum thread.

I think I will close with a comment that was left on my *gasp* husbands blog.... it is a very telling response from someone who does live in Pincotts ward.

DW Says:
October 29th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

It’s ironic that one of the most affluent wards in the city woke up the day after the election and found out they had elected a naive, but nevertheless stereotypical “green-at-any-cost” socialist (ex NDP candidate) with no understanding of business issues or economics. He is pushing his own agenda, not that of the citizens he was elected to represent.

But whose fault is that? OK, Alderman Pincott may have a different set of values that drives intrinsically bad policy decisions, but how many of us are calling him and putting our ideas or preferences out there for him to digest and hopefully follow? Its time we all get involved and take action. Talk to him and guide him in his direction. Harass him if necessary. Tell him we value our hard earned money and we want him to be responsible with our tax dollars. And if he doesn’t listen, fire him in two more years. Even if he listens, I urge citizens to vote for someone that is a responsible custodian of our taxes and not someone with his own agenda and complete disregard for who will fund the burden of his many pet projects.

I’m not sure how many people read this blog…. I stumbled across it tonight while searching for some information on Ward 11 issues. But the writer of this blog is interested enough to rant and provide a forum for others to rant as well. This is the kind of participation we need in our community. SPEAK UP FOR WHAT’S RIGHT!

Oh and one last thing. It might be an idea for Mr Pincott (or maybe Mr. Muta) to dig deep into their pocket and find a few toonies to resolve the "billing issue" at


  1. i don't see how u can slam pincott on the poet issue. he simply suggested in the context of a dialogue on art, that the definition could be expanded. that is called reconceptualizing.
    on pesticides, that is also a kudo moment. there are alternatives that do not have the highly destructive impact on our environment that chemical pesticides pose. i went to those committee meetings in early summer, the only supporters of the pesticides that i heard were all industry. go figure.
    organics in the landfill? this is unacceptable. the calgary food policy council supports organic composting. as do the 100 other food policy councils in north america. pincott is on the leading edge of progressive thinking in our community. downright european at times.
    ~avatar~ i don't 'see it as' porn at all. beautifully illustrated graphic. u see more 'porn' in an axe or beer commercial. lighten up ppl. u can change ur mind, it is okay to expand ur frame of reference.
    enjoy ur blog jane...

  2. I agree poetry could be considered an art form. I just don't agree with my tax dollars going towards the arts in general.

    Similiarily with the pesticide and organic recycling issues; I may agree with the principle, I don't agree with City Hall mandating it.

    Thanks for dropping by Paul.... really like your 1111 site. :)