March 22, 2018

FIFA snubbed: Era of billion-dollar sports boondoggles finally over?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


(David Menzies guest hosts for Ezra Levant...)

Can you believe it? Numerous North American cities that were originally looking at hosting games in the 2026 World Cup are collectively telling FIFA to take their overpriced soccer ball and corner-kick it into that little crevice where the sun don’t shine…

Usually, when a big-ticket bread-and-circus racket like the Olympic Games or the World Cup of Soccer opens up the bidding process, cities and countries start spending money at a rate that would make a drunken sailor blush.

But could it be that the lust for such uber-sporting events taking place on the taxpayer dime is coming to an end?

First, Vancouver snubbed FIFA. Then came Chicago, Minneapolis, and Glendale, Arizona. Because, among other things, FIFA wants a tax exemption from host governments; for said governments to assume 100 per cent of the cost; and for World Cup workers to be exempt from local labor laws.

Some cities and provincial governments have rightfully concluded that squandering millions (or even billions) of taxpayer dollars for a party that lasts for only a few weeks is the very definition of a fool’s errand.

And how bloody refreshing is that?

NEXT: Rabbi Mendel Kaplan comes on to discuss the disturbing vandalism of his Toronto synagogue, and wonders why the Prime Minister seems to "only shed tears" when "one group" is targeted by hate crimes.

THEN: Rebel contributor Jack Buckby and I talk about the "hate crime" conviction of Scottish YouTuber "Count Dankula."

FINALLY: Your messages!

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commented 2018-03-23 16:18:52 -0400
And David, we love to hear your perspective on the absolute lunacy going on in our country. Both you and Ezra are tuned in, and not tuned out, and I really like when you get into the mindset of the millennials. I have two of my own, so I often compare them to those you interview, after dark!
commented 2018-03-23 14:25:22 -0400
Hey, David Menzies….please do not insult us faithful Rebel contributors and watchers by saying, “Thanks for putting up with me”, referring to your standing in stead for Ezra Levant for two days.
Personally, I LOVE watching you and your thoughtful, intelligent commentary.
I think Ezra Levant is lucky to have such an informed and loyal compatriot as you.
commented 2018-03-23 14:23:02 -0400
Hey, David Menzies….please do not insult us faithful Rebel contributors and watchers by saying, “Thanks for putting up with me”, referring to your standing in stead for Ezra Levant for two days.
Personally, I LOVE watching you and your thoughtful, intelligent commentary.
I think Ezra Levant is lucky to have such an informed and loyal compatriot as you.
commented 2018-03-23 11:26:03 -0400
I have trouble sleeping at night; watching Soccer in bed solves my problem. Many times the FIFA games are 0/0 ties.
commented 2018-03-23 10:23:23 -0400
RON VOSS VOSS commented 2018-03-23 01:23:44 -0400
Would like to hear which of Robert Spenser’s views Jack doesn’t like.

Ron, Jack referred to RICHARD Spencer, not Robert Spenser. Richard Spenser is a white supremacist who is notorious for his views. He is the guy the left loves to conflate with everyone who expresses even mildly conservative opinions.
commented 2018-03-23 07:37:59 -0400
How many times can you drop the word HATE in a discussion? The word is overused and has lost all meaning.
I see some jackass hurling rocks at a building and smashing windows. NOT acceptable. Vandalism … yes. A risk to public safety … yes. Proof of a HATE crime (which is not a real thing by the way)… Zero.
I repeat,
The word has officially lost all meaning.
commented 2018-03-23 06:59:53 -0400
Gas Jews, gas Jews, gas Jews is not funny. How I know, easy? Hang blacks, burn SA farmers cannot be made funny if you train a pug. Should he be convicted of a hate crime? No! Is Count Douch a dick? Yes and he should be criticised.
commented 2018-03-23 06:59:26 -0400
Gas Jews, gas Jews, gas Jews is not funny. How I know, easy? Hang blacks, burn SA farmers cannot be made funny if you train a pug. Should he be convicted of a hate crime, No! Is Count Douch a dick? Yes and he should be criticised.
commented 2018-03-23 06:57:36 -0400
Gas Jews, gas Jews, gas Jews is not funny. How I know, easy. Hang blacks, burn SA farmers cannot be made funny if you train a pug. Should he be convicted of a hate crime, No! Is Count Douch a dick? Yes and he should be criticised.
commented 2018-03-23 06:52:49 -0400
Gas Jews, gas Jews, gas Jews is not funny. How I know, easy. Hang blacks, burn SA farmers cannot be made funny if you train a pug. Should he be convicted of a hate crime, No! Is Count Douch a dick? Yes and he should be criticised.
commented 2018-03-23 05:27:17 -0400
Not surprised to hear about FIFA next the Olympics in the same boat. Both act like Roman Princes. The winter Olympics in S. Korea where the poorest I have watched (of course the CBC didn’t help). I could not believe all the empty seats at the events. Then after the Olympics in S. Korea most of it will be torn down, what a waste of money for a 2 week show.
commented 2018-03-23 01:54:14 -0400
The government of Canada has the responsibility to ensure that individuals who are likely to commit acts of terror against Canadian citizens are not allowed to enter this country. Therefore a government that carelessly allows or deliberately brings in such individuals is complicit in whatever acts of terror they eventually commit.
commented 2018-03-23 01:49:49 -0400
If I had a dog, I would train it to raise its front right paw.
commented 2018-03-23 01:23:54 -0400
The government of Canada has the responsibility to ensure that antisemitic cultures are not allowed into Canada. Therefore a government that carelessly imports antisemitic cultures into Canada is an anti-Semitic government.
commented 2018-03-23 01:23:44 -0400
The idea of “hate crime” is nonsense. Hate is a human emotion and now human emotion is a crime?
Would like to hear which of Robert Spenser’s views Jack doesn’t like.
commented 2018-03-22 22:33:19 -0400
ON DAVID’S LAST COMMENT ABOUT THE GUN LAW HAVE YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO WATCH ASK THE PROFESSOR ON YOU TUBE 180305 Kitscoty Safe Communities Project Danny Hozack
A VERY INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE LECTURE. I’M SURE YOU WILL ENJOY IT.
ENLIGHTENED CONSERVATIVE.
POINTS TO PONDER ….. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF EVERY YOU TUBER POSTED A VIDEO SHOWING SOMETHING TRUTHFUL ABOUT ISLAMTHEY CAN’T PUT EVERYONE IN JAIL.
commented 2018-03-22 21:55:14 -0400
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 35,016 Attacks, 227,303 Killed, 307,096 Injured that we know of.
commented 2018-03-22 21:54:41 -0400
David, thanks for filling in for Ezra, job well done!

FIFA is a corrupt organization with plenty of scandals, sportsmanship and fair play doesn’t enter the picture ie: Israel must play European teams as the Arabs refuse to play them.

I hope the investigation will reveal who perpetrated this crime. Excellent interview with Rabbi Kaplan.
Trudeau didn’t use Twitter to support the synagogue after such an event…how strange!!!

The Youtuber facing jail time for his joke is truly baffling… the pug and Count Dankula obviously are not Nazis….the judge is reading more into this.
Great interview with Jack Buckby.
commented 2018-03-22 21:41:35 -0400
You can bet that if it was a mosque that was being rocked, that we’d never hear the end of it. All resources would be deployed to ensure the evil white race paid because we’re so racist. The Jewish people aren’t important to our Muslim convert PM. They are ranking at the bottom of the liberal hierarchy a long with Christians.
commented 2018-03-22 21:30:47 -0400
I agree with Paul, the NDP want to be first in line to screw the taxpayers, and they certainly don’t want to share with anyone else.
commented 2018-03-22 21:29:40 -0400
That rock throwing incident is a very childish thing to do. If the man who did that is a Muslim, someone should invite him into the 21st century and if he doesn’t accept the invitation, he should be sent back to whichever 7the century hellhole he came from along with all his friends and family.
commented 2018-03-22 21:26:51 -0400
Preemptive censorship = communist state

Wynn didn’t just insult senior White ppl, she no doubt upset their kids and grand kids as well.
commented 2018-03-22 21:12:38 -0400
Hopefully justice is served with this attack on the Synagogue! Disgusting
commented 2018-03-22 20:49:26 -0400
- FIFA is a highly corrupt organization. Leftist politicians see screwing taxpayers as their job, not FIFAs. Whatever cities play host, the government that brought them in will pay the price come election time when it turns into an expensive disaster. It’s great to see & hopefully it’s not a one off.

- The far left & Islam are united in their rabid anti-Semitism. Hitler’s Mein Kampf (yes the Nazis were far left, big government socialists) looks very similar to passages of the Koran & Hadith.

- “Count Dankula” is a s***poster & a pretty good one. The UK was once the home to some of the world’s best comedians. Now humor is illegal in the UK. Terrorists are coddled while citizens are put under a microscope. This is a small taste of world government. In this case through the EU.