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Ricky Blue
Ricky Blue
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is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Ricky Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

His columns are archived here

Posted 05.31.04

RICKY BLUE

Only one way to show 'em - at the ballot box

The first step of the de-merger is complete. But the most difficult step is next. We must vote on June 20.

The bullies who shove laws down our throats count on our apathy. They laugh at us. They spit in our faces. They are confident we will never get thirty-five per cent of all registered voters to bother to vote.

They think we are too fat, too stupid, and too complacent to get out of our La-Z-Boys. This is one of the few times in our pathetic little lives that we can send a real message to them. So cop an attitude!

Jack Hawkins voice (from Ben-Hur): "Your eyes are full of hate, Forty-One. That's good. Hate keeps a man alive."

We need some testosterone-driven inspiration to finish the job. If we don't vote we forfeit our chance to ever criticize them again. They will know they can grab us by our throats and wallets anytime and say: "Sit down, shut up and do as we say. You are too apathetic to ever challenge us!"

So get mad!

Glaswegian voice: "Try that again and I'll cut ya!"

Vote against them:

  • for every promise they had no intention of fulfilling.
  • For every new tax they heaped on top of all the old taxes.
  • For every arrogant law pushed through with little or no debate.
  • For every time they voted themselves a huge raise leaving the rest of us pay for it.
  • \For every lousy law that throws a new suffocating blanket of bureaucracy over our daily lives.
  • For every one of their bungled grandiose plans of self-aggrandizement.

    Dirty Harry voice: "Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

    It has been rigged so that every non-vote is a vote for them. And it will be close. If you do not vote, you are telling them: 'I am a submissive, boot-licking, spineless nobody.' You are saying: 'I inhabit the dream world of not-being-here. Of not-being-me. Of not-actually-being-anything.'

    Arnie voice: "If I'm not me, who the hell am I?"

    This is bigger than a mega-city.

    This is our one chance to comment on all the idiotic laws in the past and, more importantly, all the idiotic laws to come. This is an opportunity to demand respect. Because respect is not given - respect is taken.

    We have this opportunity to take back our respect, not just our towns. If we do not demand it now they will never give it to us again.

    De Niro voice: "You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me?"

    Some politicians are beginning to get the message. Vera Danyluk, former chair of the Montreal Urban Community said that the recent de-merger registration "showed the government and politicians that they have to stop imposing unpopular legislation."

    Wow! Imagine a politician actually saying that?

    We must follow through. There are still so many politicians in denial. This is a revolution. We usually have to take a law all the way to the Supreme Court to change it, where a handful of carefully appointed cronies would judge it based on legality alone. Not on whether it was just plain STUPID! Now the Supreme Court is - us! The Supreme Court of the people! That is why we all must vote on June 20!

    Hannibal Lecter voice: "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some Fava beans - and a nice Chianti."

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