Friday, July 31, 2009
I am just minding my own business this morning, checking the New York Yankees' score in the Newark Star-Ledger when I come across a story that I thought you would find interesting.
It seems that Hoboken has a new mayor and their new mayor, Peter Cammarano, is about to become their old mayor. The 32 year old Democrat was stung by the FBI and is poised to become the second New Jersey mayor to resign this week. His Worship, Dennis Elwell of Seacacus was the first to fall on his sword, doing so Tuesday. Mr. Cammarano, who was Governor Jon Corzine's fair haired boy, took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from an FBI agent poising as a real estate developer in the sting that so far has resulted in 44 arrests state wide and the death of one of the indicted, Jack Shaw of Jersey City.
By the way, the Yankees lost last night, 3-2 to the Chisox.
In the Montreal Gazette this morning there are a couple of stories that indicate Stephen Harper, the current Prime Minister, does not want to go, wants to wait until the economy gets rosier, the Olympics give him and his people lots of photo opportunities, the war thing gets straightened out.
The next PM, Michael Ignatieff, told CTV that "...it is getting tougher and tougher..." to work with the government. His hawkishness is a clear departure from his actions of a couple of months ago when he choose not to topple the Tory government.
See you in September.
Mr. Shatner has written a letter to our beloved Prime Minister asking that salmon farms be removed from critical salmon migration routes off the island. In a letter cc'd to the next Prime Minister, Mikey I, and B. C. Premier Gordon Campbell, Mr. Shatner states that the problem with farmed salmon is that they have sea lice and that can lead to problems for the entire run, farmed and wild salmon both.
An episode of his current TV series, Boston Legal, shot in the Broughton Archipelago, dealt with that very issue.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Someone is going to notice and that someone will be the Secret Service.
Ryan White and C. M. Route are now on paid administrative leave from the DeKalb County Police Department. DeKalb County is in the Atlanta area and I found this story on WSBTV.com. What these two geniuses did July 20th was run the President's name through the National Crime Information Center on the computer in their cruiser. Why this is wrong and why this may get them fired or, at minimum, censured, is beyond me, but it is and they should have known better.
No word on whether they got a hit but they are in trouble deep.
Reuters moved this story last week: the NHL will be playing an outdoor game in Boston on New Year's Day next year. The Philly Flyers will be in town to play the Bruins at Fenway Park.
The game will be part of a double header in the [college] hockey mad town.
Boston College Eagles will play the Boston University Terriers in the first game of two played on the first day of 2010.
You may recall that I, the World Famous Dan Shields, am a graduate of Canada's 46th best university, Carleton, and that the beloved U of K [where the 'k' stands for 'quality'] is continually inventing ways to show its political correctness while simultaneously feather bedding and shooting itself in the foot.
And these politically correct [read stupid] actions bringing shame to the school.
Today in the Ottawa Citizen is a loverly example of that.
Earlier this week alma mater fired Hassan Diab, a summer professor, from his teaching job after the B'nai Brith released a statement critical of the hiring. Joanne Laucius writes that "Diab was terminated without consulting with the dean or departmental chair..." Of course Carleton's public relations machine, the same crack group of paper pushers who have parlayed six national basketball championships in seven years into, well, into nothing, were not available for comment.
The Lebanese born prof is accused in France of killing four and injuring many others in a 1980 bombing of a synagogue in Paris and is facing an extradition hearing early in 2010. Accused, not guilty, accused. He is under house arrest by the way, being monitored by the RCMP, cannot even own a cell phone. He needs to eat though, ipso facto the jobo.
" 'He's innocent until proven guilty,' said CUPE local 4600 organizer Stuart Ryan."
Not at Carleton.
Frank Dimant, executive vice president of B'nai Brith applauded Carleton; Mr. Dimant obviously believes that pre judging is a positive move. "B'nai Brith said Canadians should be concerned that an alleged terrorist...will be teaching...at a leading Canadian university."
First off, pay attention, Carleton is not a leading university, it is Carleton. Anyway you score it, with the exception of men's basketball, Carleton is not a leading university. Pandering and patronizing Carleton will score you points on campus but not else where, BB. Secondly the man has not been found guilty, he has merely been charged. You would think that you would be able to grasp that simple concept.
Perhaps one should remind the high minded individuals at Carleton and the B'nai Brith of the words of Pastor Martin Niemoller:
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out--
because I was not a trade unionist;
Shame on you.
Doctors threatening to quit, work slowdowns, fear were all part of the introduction of the debate here and are part of the debate there.
Ultimately it is the fear of the unknown that is driving the anti universal health care side of the debate. Interestingly, as flawed as health care is in Canada, it is still pretty good and, on a per capita level, cheaper than the maze of HMO's, PPO's and private insurance that covers only about 80 per cent of Americans.
I was listening to Rush Limbaugh on the Excellence In Broadcasting network yesterday and he was making the [apparently horrible] point that in Canada a lot of doctors are foreign born and trained. OMG, no. Wait, OMG, yes. In my life I have had four regular doctors, and three of them were foreign types. Two were Scots, one was Canuckistanian and my present doctor, well, I don't know. He does speak brokenederd english so I am pretty certain he is from a foreign land but, and call Rush and clue him in on this, I don't care. He fixes what ails me.
Mr. Limbaugh also said that in Canada the government interferes with your health care and picks the doctor for you. Like, uh, doh, no. I will grant that finding a doctor or clinic in this town, Ottawa, is not the easiest thing to do, but I get to choose and, I suppose, the doctor gets to choose who he wants to treat also.
Universal health care is also not a socialist, although it started on this country in socialist Saskatchewan, plot. In fact, Rush, Canada has a Conservative government, France is pretty right wing and the Conservatives take turns with Labour in running the United Kingdom. Universal health care has moved well beyond the realm of ideology and into the realm of sensible economics. It may be counter intuitive to navel gazing, mouth breathing, non thinking right wing ideologues like Mr. Limbaugh but universal health care is actually cost effective, not just on a micro level but also on a macro level.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I found an old press release from The Center For Science In The Public Interest and in it they say that if you order a venti [20 oz.] Starbucks' Caffe Mocha you might as well be sipping that 500 cal burger. A venti Starbucks' Java Chip Frap is like drinking a regular McD's coffee. With 11 creamers and 29 sugars.
Mmmm, heart attack.
They are all aliases used by Michael Jackson to score prescription drugs. So says the Los Angeles Times.
The King of Pop and the King had two things in common then: they both loved Lisa Marie and they both loved their pills.
Of course, what you expect him to say?
The NDP got a career high one  [une] [uno] seat federally in the Wild Rose province last time out.
In a study in the Telegraph.co.uk today also showed that, and no surprise here, kids pretty much are unaware of historical events.
Examples thereof are that 5 per cent thought that the Somme was a painting, not a battle and the Magna Carta was signed in 1666 when in fact it was signed in 1215.
Well, not all of us have a political science degree.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
UPI.com has a story about two men in Swansea, Wales who stole $1,154 in liquor, stacked it neatly outside and then, like morons, went back in to the store and drank themselves to a point of unconsciousness.
Keith Cullen and Paul Wiggins were found inside the Kuehne Nagle Drinks Logistics by the police totally faced.
Mr. Cullen continued the trend of over refreshment by showing up for court too drunk to be allowed in the building; Mr. Wiggins just didn't show.
Both were convicted in abstentia.
Your input always welcomed.
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The story stated that a senior Roman Catholic priest in New Brunswick had demanded that the Prime Minister's Office explain what happened to the communion wafer which was handed to Prime Minister Harper during the celebration of communion at the funeral mass. The story also said that during the communion celebration, the Prime Minister "slipped the thin wafer that Catholics call 'the host' into his jacket pocket".
There was no credible support for these statements of fact at the time this article was published, nor is the Telegraph-Journal aware of any credible support for these statements now. Our reporters Rob Linke and Adam Huras, who wrote the story reporting on the funeral, did not include these statements in the version of the story that they wrote. In the editing process, these statements were added without the knowledge of the reporters and without any credible support for them.
The Telegraph-Journal sincerely apologizes to the Prime Minister for the harm that this inaccurate story has caused. We also apologize to reporters Rob Linke and Adam Huras and to our readers for our failure to meet our own standards of responsible journalism and accuracy in reporting.
"Ottawa Centre has the largest Green party membership in the country."
La di f'ing da.
Every news outlet in North America is reporting that former Atlanta Falcon's QB Michael Vick who has just finished a 23 month bit for being America's worst dog owner, is being reinstated by the NFL.
Of course in keeping with the plantation mentality of the NFL, doing federal prison time is not enough for Commissioner Roger Goodell. Mr. Vick will also have to sit out the first half dozen games or so of the NFL season, costing him and his future team millions of dollars.
As I previously said in Posts 312 and 327, if Mr. Vick had of killed a person, like Donte Stallworth and Leonard Little did, that malfeasance would have been merely a bump in the road that is his football career.
He did not kill a person. He was involved in dogicide. And in North America dogs are more important than people. If you don't believe, well, review the files of Messrs. Vick, Stallworth and Little and then get back to me.
It doesn't matter what callers to sports radio say: it is not a privilege to play in the NFL, the NBA, MLB, the NHL or any other professional sports league any more than it is a privilege for you to work where you work. It is a job, a career that is not benevolently granted but one they earn by honing their talents through years of practice. Professional athletes are workers just like you are a worker. The fact that you would do what they do for free is a non sequitor.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Here is a letter to the USA Today from Fargo, North Dakota, a smallish town, metro of about 200,000 thousand, size of Regina or Saskatoon give or take, where one would not think these things would be problems.
More parking fines dilute goodwill
Brian Magee - Fargo, N.D.
More parking fines dilute goodwill Cities increasing parking fines to boost revenue — and moves like it — alienate the public from their governments. Government should not be seen as an enemy. When it is, the result is bitterness and lack of respect ("Parking fines easy cash for cities," News, Wednesday).
Government's central functions should be paid for by everyone, on a sliding scale, giving each person a stake in what government does. When the basic budget is funded increasingly through fines, fees or targeted taxes, such as those on alcohol or cigarettes, we attach a negative connotation to government. Then the government becomes not an ally, but an adversary.
Fines should be an annoyance and a small deterrent, not a revenue source. It's not only bad policy, it's also bad psychology.
Please alert Lowell Green to this Post; this is one of his long time [and accurate] rants.
Say it ain't so.
There should be some sort of law against having an election during the heart of the football season. It is hard enough to follow the CFL, NFL, CIS, NCAA and BCS without having an election take up part of one's brain.
Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff, the guy with the moustache and Gilles Duceppe, play nice, at least until the end of the regular season.
Let's ban the seal hunt and pay everyone in the industry a nice big chunk of change to retire from the bidness.
Then the World Wild Life Federation and People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals can move on to some other, loftier issue.
I still wonder why they, WWF, PETA, Bridgette Bardot, are so vexed by the seal hunt, seals being killed by the thousands, yet have no problems with lambs, who are killed by the tens of millions. Reference Post 17o for more information.
Lambs have souls too. Plus they are cuter.
My little rant comes on the heels of a Canadian Press report that the European Community, over the objections of member states Denmark and Romania, has decided that they will ban seal products from the EU.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Let those last two words soak in.
That means if you are a desperate person and you steal from the only game in town re booze you cannot go into that place and that would mean you would have to move elsewhere, like another province or state.
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario says that shrinkage, the industry term for shoplifting, is up revenue wise, close to a million. Six point five mill of booze is unaccounted for in the system. That represents about .18 per cent of the gross for the LCBO. The industry standard for shrinkage last year, outside of the booze biz, was 1 per cent.
Dean Beeby, Canadian Press, reports that 651 thieves were nabbed red handed leaving the store without paying.
Glad that is settled.
The sitting government's ongoing high profile promotion of the Arctic file seems to indicate that Prime Minister Stephen Harper sees polar politics as a part of a winning strategy in the next election. The new report being reported on by Canwest summarizes concrete action in the four main areas of the government's northern strategy.
The four areas are sovereignty, social and economic development, the environment and governance reform. These are key areas especially with the rapidly retreating sea ice playing a huge factor.
As important as the Canadian electorate is, the real people that Mr. Prime Minister has to get to buy in to our Arctic strategy are the governments of Denmark, Norway, Russia and the States.
For those unaware, he was a CFL star for a dozen years in the 1970's, early 1980's, the first nine with Montreal, the final 3 with BC's Lions. He stayed in the game after retirement as the colour guy on the CJAD broadcasts of the Alouettes games.
In a poignant story in the Regina Leader-Post earlier in the week, one of my favourite newspapermen, Ian Hamilton, writes about Mr. Proudfoot's valiant struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease.
Mr. Proudfoot was diagnosed a couple of years ago with the ailment, May 4, 2007 to be precise and, from the tone of the story, is about half way to the finish line. Ironically the disease started to manifest itself by disrupting Mr. Proudfoot's speech, the irony being he made his way in life as both a radio guy and as a lecturer in Montreal. It is also ironic that he made his bones as a member of the Als and will die of ALS.
ALS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a disease of the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control movement. It leads to paralysis of the voluntary muscles and, eventually, death. The majority of sufferers succumb within four years of the initial diagnosis.
In addition to raising money and awareness for ALS, Mr. Proudfoot also is urging the medical community to look for a connection between football and Lou Gehrig's disease.
"Larry Uteck, a friend and teammate of mine on the Alouettes in the late '70s, died of ALS, and I have uncovered a total of eight former CFL players who have had this terrifying disease," he notes.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
He also said, and I love this, wait for it, this is a beauty, he said that "I love Sudbury, I've always loved Sudbury."
Uh, yeah, right, sure you have.
Wait, no, you are lying.
For those that haven't been to Sudbury, it is like Regina, without all the bright lights and the glitter.
He did say that he wants Sudbury and the rest of Northern Ontario to succeed, which is reasonable, commendable and the right thing to say but "I love Sudbury?"
Sat Jul 25 2009
Section: Editorial / Op-Ed
Source: The Gazette
Reading your July 23 article "Federal Tories reject Divers/Cité funding bid," I couldn't miss the opportunity to point out the irony of the whole situation.
The Harper government, having derided the Liberal government's sponsorship fund, sets up its own, under a different guise.
Having accused the Liberal minister in charge at the time, of politicizing the sponsorship fund, Conservative ministers now can't seem to resist manipulating their own version, the Marquee Tourism Events Program. The Ablonczy affair confirms that.
The proud men and women who serve this great country take 16.2 days a year of extra time off work. Not to be out done, provincial and city employees are close behind in this prestigious category.
The champions, Ottawa division, in this prestigious race to the bottom, are the men and women who drive for OC Transpo, they call in sick, skiing, golfing 16.7 days a year.
They also discovered that the sky is blue, water is wet and the sun is hot.
He started fighting in 1917 and was seriously wounded at Passchendaele.
Mr. Patch was on record as saying that he was honoured to be representing an entire generation.
He was also on record as saying that the war "...wasn't worth it."
Jim Watson’s Community Barbecue
You are invited to a Community BBQ,
hosted by Jim Watson, MPP for
Ottawa West-Nepean. Come and
enjoy food, drink and have
a good time.
Saturday, July 25th, 2009
2074 Benjamin Avenue
Everything Free of Charge
CALL (613)721-8075 if you have any questions
Please Bring Your Own Lawn Chair!
Friday, July 24, 2009
- Street Hassle, Lou Reed
- Libertango, Astor Piazzola
- Summertime, Janis Joplin
- Superstar, Sonic Youth
- Empty House, Air
- Sea Song, Doves
- The Operation, Charlotte Gainsbourg
- Inertia Creeps, Massive Attack
- Closer, Nine Inch Nails
- Money Street, Peter Gabriel
Katharine Shilcutt of the Houston Press guarantees that burning these and playing them from 1 through 10 is a solid gold lock for your girly girl to get sweaty with you.
Thank me later.
Chief Atleo immediately announced, pronounced, said that he will be taking a tough stand to ensure Ottawa fulfils its obligations to his people.
This will be interesting, like, seriously, how are you going to do that Chief? 4.4 per cent of Canadians are aboriginals and, as best I can see, around 0.0 per cent of them are visible in a positive light. Wait, no, there is Davis on Corner Gas. 0.1 per cent visible in a positive light.
He would be well served to forget about the big issues and concentrate on micro issues, like jobs, poverty and alcohol/drug abuse. Tear a page out of the book How The Irish Became White, Chief Atleo. First they controlled the guns [fire and police] and the ballot box [voted for themselves] and then it all fell in place.
The prime minister signalled the need for co-operation when he congratulated the tough-talking new chief. "It is more important than ever that government and First Nations leadership work together to identify solutions and produce real, practical and tangible results for aboriginal peoples," Stephen Harper said in a statement. "Only through meaningful dialogue, shared responsibilities and continued good faith can we succeed."
That sounds a lot like the teacher on the Charlie Brown Peanuts Specials.
Michael Ignatieff and Jack Layton echoed Mr. Harper's sentiments. Nothing yet from Gilles Duceppe.
That also sounds a lot like the teacher on the Charlie Brown Peanuts Specials.
Two New Democrat MPs, a candidate for the Liberal nominationand a Laurentian University economist are calling on IndustryMinister Tony Clement to resign over what they say are misleading and disparaging remarks about the Nickel Capital. Mayor What's his name is pissed too.
What the Industry Minister told the Sudbury Star was that if Inco had not have been sold two and a half years ago it would have been shut down.
Apparently there is yet another strike in the nickel mines and Mr. Honourable was reacting to that.
How dare him be realistic.
Twas in today's Orleans EMC the news that Judge Cunningham, Douglas to his friends, will offer his ruling, well, first he will talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and then offer his ruling, August 12.
For those of you out of the loop, Larry O'Brien is the mayor of Ottawa and has been accused of being a bad boy by wanna be mayor [and wanna be city councillor] Terry Kilrea. Mr. Kilrea, a well known window licker in the Nation's Capital has proved himself a brilliant witness for the defense.
On the first day of a national rail strike, The Canadian Press reports that the Ontario and Federal Guvs have agreed to chip in 305 mill to help update Canada's busiest train station, Toronto's Union Station. T. O. will be throwing 355 large into the project. Hopefully they will keep the reciepts so they can get their 1,300 federal rebate.
When you think about it, a strike is a perfect time to do a reno. No pesky people to get in the way.
And how about them Alouettes, eh?
I really love the fact that, in Ottawa, the biggest market in Canada without a CFL team, The Team 1200 runs most, if not all, of the games on the radio.
The only thing that is frustrating about the broadcasts is the fact that they are simulcasts of TSN's TV coverage of the games. TSN's TV show is wicked and very visual. Radio, not so visual.
The big killer is the score, they rarely say the score and that is tres frustrating. Telestrating on the radio is not so good either.
All in all though, big props, big thank you very much to both The Team 1200 and TSN for bringing the CFL to our deprived little town.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
It goes with out saying that People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals are against this.
If they weren't so hot [Pam Anderson, Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole, Playmate Joe Garcia are with PETA] I would be against them.
By the way, reference Post 476, Oscar Mayer III passed this mortal coil during National Hot Dog Month.
I think not.
Les Lye, 84, died a day or two ago. He had been on Ottawa radio and TV since the late 1940's, primarily on CJOH TV. Tons of press on this one.
There was a time that this town, and your town too, had local radio and TV stars; Les Lye was one of those. When you watch US TV, and I know you do, they have tons of local heroes that the local press and populace get excited about. In Canada, not so much.
Which brings me to Andrew Boyle. Mr. Boyle has been doing mornings for about a decade here in Ottawa, on Hot 89.9 and for the last five years on KISS FM. He also died this week, but only career wise. No press on this one.
Therein lies the problem. Back in the day, and that day is now south of the border, TV and Radio stations understood the value in promoting their talent, making them local heroes. Now they don't. They pay meagre wages, hire cheap, boring talent [just listen to radio, watch local TV in this country, it pretty much sucks right across the board] and wonder why they have trouble making beaucoup d'argent.
The contrast is there with these two talents. Mr. Lye hasn't worked for about 20 years in this market and will be missed; Mr. Boyle hasn't worked in this market for about 20 hours and won't. The reason is simple. Both were commodities but Mr. Lye was treated as a commodity that could be a longterm profit centre; Mr. Boyle was not.
The program runs at 7:30 Sunday nights on RadCan and draws an average of 800,000 viewers.
The title is derived from the 1956 French film And God Created Woman starring Brigitte Bardot, with Mr. Laflaque being a fictional anchorman.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Mr. Trebek, who left the schmata sales industry to pursue other things, now resides in California where he hosts a TV show, Jeopardy!.
If the TV business doesn't work out for Mr. Trebek, he has a philosophy degree to fall back on.
Warburtons, a baker in Merry Olde, did this ground baking, er, breaking research.
They also discovered that the sky is blue, water is wet and the sun is hot.
The good news: he won more than $4 million. The bad news: he ended up in jail.
Mr. Shell who is from Brampton, Ont., picked up a cheque for $4,377,298, the top prize in the July 18 draw for the Lotto 6/49.
On Monday afternoon, a smiling Mr. Shell was photographed holding up his cheque at the OLG headquarters in Toronto. Then he strolled out of the building into the arms of Peel Regional Police officers who wanted Mr. Shell on a six year old warrant for failing to appear, theft under 5,000$ and possession of property obtained by crime.
Our winner/loser was held overnight and appeared in court on Tuesday. He has been charged and released.
At least now he can afford a lawyer.
Mr. Yauch, who is only 43, said that the cancer is not life threatening and is localized. Still, it is cancer and it will cause the Boys to cancel their tour and postpone the release of their new disc Hot Sauce Committee Part 1.
Prayers all around, yo.
Ironically, in the hoo haw over Toronto Pride, Divers-Cite incurred the wrath of many in the gay community by stating that they had never been treated with anything but respect by the Tories.
Until now that is.
Paul Girard, the marketing director for the event, was told that all his ducks were in order and that the file had been sent to Minister Tony Clement's office for approval. Tuesday he was informed ixnay to the oneymay aulpay.
The event, which happens next month, features Latin American singer India, Marjo from Quebec and from the Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 World Series Champions, Sister Sledge.
But don't expect Stephen Harper, our beloved Prime Minister, to cruise down Ste. Catherine Est for Divers-Cite.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Jim Watson’s Community Barbecue
You are invited to a Community BBQ,
hosted by Jim Watson, MPP for
Ottawa West-Nepean. Come and
enjoy food, drink and have
a good time.
Saturday, July 25th, 2009
2074 Benjamin Avenue
Everything Free of Charge
CALL (613)721-8075 if you have any questions
Please Bring Your Own Lawn Chair!
Josh Grace and Emily O. join me for 3 and a half hours of stuff.
Dropping by at 7 will be Blake Batson, at 8 Russell "Pot Boy" Barth will be in and then at 8 30 tips on how not to f'up bidness emails.
Plus Joel Martin and free tickets for you to his CD release party this Saturday.
It will be brilliant.
The Associated Press moved the story this morning that the former Barenaked Ladies singer and his girlfriend have bought a four bedroom house next door to the place they were both arrested 12 months ago for cocaine possession.
The Very Important Persons Act was invoked and charges against Mr. Page and his girly friend Christine Benedicto were dismissed in April.
The house in Fayetteville, New York, cost 265 000 USD.
265 in Syracuse gets you a house that would cost around a million in Mr. Page's hometown of Toronto. Plus he will be able to go see the Orange play at the Carrier Dome all the frigging time.
That is why I hate Stephen Page.
I went to see Bruno Sunday night.
Where do I go to get my money back?
All three levels of government and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be providing funding and experts will consider all possible uses for a covered facility that could cost more than $350 million to build, Enterprise Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said at a news conference.
The study will also look at the potential for a retractable roof.
By the by, Regina is one of the most crime ridden cities in North America with a tremendous cleavage between the Aboriginal [have not] and White [have] populations. I wonder what an injection of 350 million bones into the Pile of Bones North Central neighbourhood would bring?
I merely wonder.
Mr. Peladeau, who was rebuffed in his attempt to buy the Montreal Canadiens, makes the solid point that "Quebec City is a hockey city...more than certain American cities..."
He is right there of course.
And then again, he is wrong.
Quebec City's problem is that it is Quebec City.
When attracting talent, reference Eric Lindros, it comes down to location, location, location and Quebec City is a place that star players don't want to play in.
Location is also what spiked the Vancouver Grizzlies. If you recall, the most likely first ever draft choice of the NBA team was Stephon Marbury who said he wasn't going to go to Vancouver, to close to Russia for his liking, so they had to pass on him. Ditto their last obvious draft, Steve Francis said he wouldn't go to Van. They drafted him but he invoked, among other things, God's will, and forced a trade to Houston where he was co Rookie of the Year. It just isn't a town that NBA stars want to be in.
Same with Quebec City. Attracting third line players, no problem, but the higher you get up the food chain, the less likely the player [and his wife, you cannot forget they have to live there too] will want to play in the town.
Not hating, just stating.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Efe Osemwegie, 32, of Mississauga is charged with speeding and operating a motor vehicle with a television visible to the driver.
The Toronto Sun reports that he was busted by Northumberland OPP.
Mr. Osemwegie was alone in his car, [is there a better way to watch porn than alone?] and had an X-rated movie playing on a portable DVD player in the car's front seat, when the police pulled him over around 12:39 a.m. along Hwy. 401 in Port Hope.
Insurance.com says that 80 per cent of accidents are caused by distractions, you know, trying to find your song on the radio, checking out that cute girl at the bus stop and and and eating while you drive.
Here are the 10 foods to avoid while driving, in order:Coffee, because even with a travel lid, hot coffee can find its way out of the opening when hitting a bump.
Hot soup, because many people drink it like coffee and run similar risks.
Chili dogs, which provide huge potential for drips and slops down clothing.
Hamburgers, because the grease and the toppings could end up on hands and make the wheel slippery.
Ribs and wings, which are greasy and lead to the temptation to lick fingers, taking hands off the wheel. Plus greased up hands.
Jelly donuts because of the risk of the jelly oozing out.
Soda pop, because of fizz in the nose, and lids can leak.
Chocolate, because melted on the hands it can make the steering wheel slippery.
Now you know.
Editorial - Fontaine's legacy of goodwill
Winnipeg Free Press
Mon Jul 20 2009
PHIL Fontaine is a man who thrives on the political game.
Having stepped away from the top native leadership
role -- the election for a new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations
takes place in Calgary Wednesday -- after three terms, he wants people
to believe he is carving a career now in the private sector, shifting
his personal priorities to get reacquainted with his kids and grandchildren.
Canadians can thank Mr. Fontaine for a job well
done -- so far. They should not be fooled into thinking they have
seen the last of this passionate champion of native rights and priorities.
Mr. Fontaine has accomplished a lot in his 38 years
of working to improve the living standards and to assert the legal
rights of First Nations, first as a young chief of his home reserve at Sagkeeng,
then for three terms as grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
and then on the national level, with the First Nations assembly.
Most Canadians can identify some of those achievements,
foremost among them Prime Minister Stephen Harper's
unconditional apology a year ago for the federal residential school policy,
which aimed to assimilate native people.
A less forthright "expression of sorrow" from Pope Benedict XVI
in Rome this spring came during a meeting the Pope requested
with Canada's native leaders.
Those historic landmarks were important to resolving
long-standing grievances. In more practical terms, however, Mr. Fontaine's
work to put the poverty, economic development, health care and
education of native people on Canada's political priority list
has had discernible impact, despite the failure of the Kelowna Accord,
a bid by the AFN to write a plan for closing the shameful gap in standards
of living enjoyed by Canadians compared to those of aboriginal people.
Today, all serious political leaders in Canada embrace the necessity of
improving employment and social conditions for all native people.
Those priorities have been central for every native leader of
note in the last quarter of a century. The difference is that
Mr. Fontaine, a quiet, compromising politician and a wily negotiator,
has used the political process shrewdly to force the federal
government to the table. Other AFN leaders, such as Manitoba's Ovide Mercredi
and Quebec's Matthew Coon Come took a confrontational approach
on Parliament Hill, saw doors close there and the sympathies
of ordinary Canadians weaken.
Mr. Fontaine's cosy relationship with Liberals -- he is rumoured
to be contemplating running for the party in the next federal election -- has
not tainted his ability to work with the Harper administration. Aside
from the historic apology, Mr. Harper has made the speedier resolution
of specific Indian land claims, another lead item on the AFN's to-do list,
a top priority.
Too many items remain undone, however. To a degree, that reflects the
complexity of the issues that dog First Nations in Canada. Under
Mr. Fontaine's leadership AFN and reserves across the country have made
only limited headway in the need to improve accountability in band
governance, for example. As well, the federal government continues
to get away with short-changing social programs, such as schools and
child welfare, on reserves. Health care, particularly in remote
and isolated communities, is substandard and the health status of
many native people is grim.
That is the task before the next leader of the assembly. The next chief ought,
however, to take a page out of the book written by Phil Fontaine.
He leaves a lot of goodwill between mainstream politicians and the AFN,
something the new leader can capitalize on or waste if the tone turns hostile again.
Mr. Fontaine's prominence and record will serve him well as a
"consultant" in the private sector. His desire to spend more time with family
is honourable. The priorities of his country, however, may see him drawn
again to the political sphere, and that is something Canadians should welcome.
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A report from the Quebec College of Physicians recently recommended that euthanasia be considered appropriate in some cases. La Belle Health and Social Services Minister, Yves Bolduc, concurs with the report.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are under federal jurisdiction and Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says he doesn't want to renew or reignite the debate.
Euthanasia is legal in both Holland and Belgium and many Canadians have went to Switzerland where assisted suicide is kosher. The Dignatas Center in Switzerland was in the news recently when Sir Edward Thomas Downes, a renowned conductor [tip off, re renown, the "Sir"] and his terminally ill wife choose to transit themselves to the other side.
Oregon also allows patients with six or less months on the clock to commit assisted suicide and it will soon become law in Washington state.
The fear is that assisted suicide will become a slippery slope; in practice that has not happened in Holland and Belgium. We have a form of it right now here in Canada with do not resuscitate instructions given to medical professionals regarding those who are super ill.
Health care should include death care too.
Plus the op ed for the Penticton bird cage liner was stale dated, referring to the Merritt Mountain Music Festival as happening last weekend. Actually, it was two weekends ago and, yes, I am nitpicking.
You are a minister, Jet Ski Boy, hire some staff, freshen up and accurate up the prose.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
That is the town that Montreal boxer Arturo Gatti was found dead in. At least they are sure of that. That he is dead.
According to the Recife Jornal do Comercio that is about all they are sure of.
What the coroner is not sure of is whether he was 1/strangled 2/committed suicide or 3/something else.
Perhaps accidental death.
It is all so complicated.
Not just any gun either, no, an AK 47, the truck of guns.
At Max Motors, Butler, Missouri, just south of Kansas City.
What a country!
Or an ex Hole.
Any way you shake it, the Montreal born bass player, who also was a Smashing Pumpkin, got the swine flu back in June and in a Canadian Press article on line she said that the flu was a roller coaster of different symptoms starting with shortness of breath and then fever and, for want of a better word, un fever, with her temperature vacillating between 95 and 101 degrees.
Miss Auf der Maur says the best thing about having the swine flu is that she has had the swine flu and thinks that she is probably immune to it. She offers up sage advice to you: "...have no fear friends: it's a terrible flu, but it is manageable, and we swine veterans will be here to help you through it. Here's to good health."
Pound for pound the penguin nuns [or is that Penguin Nuns?] at St. Mary's on Young Street were ten times tougher than the United States Marine Corps.
Case in point, Sister Mavis Jewell, from the Albany area in New York. As Humberto Martinez writes in this morning's Albany Times-Union, Sister is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a nun and at her party last night at DePaul Provincial House in suburban Albany she was asked to recount some of her more memorable fights as a Sister of Charity.
Number one was in her student days when a man came into a ward that she was working in. He had a gun and told her to give him a key to the narcotics cabinet or be shot. Bad idea. "I took my shoe and threw it straight at his Adam's apple, knocking him out." Crook with gun; nun with shoe. What ever was he thinking?
I still think that Sister Anna Clare, St. Mary's principal, would have taken her in out in two rounds, especially if allowed to use her yardstick.
Still, impressive work by Sister Jewell.
He is also featured on CFRA [btw, it is a Farm Boy day!] panels discussing politics with Liberal hacks and NDP hacks. No Green Party hacks on those panels; shouldn't what's her name be complaining to the CRTC about that?
Tim, er, Mr. Powers, wrote a seemingly thoughtful piece about the future Prime Minister of Canada, Michael Ignatieff's cabinet, buried in yesterday's Globe and Mail.
Le cut, le paste:
Iggy makes a cabinet?
I know I did have a few beers last night, but when I woke up this morning to read
Jane Taber's column about Michael Ignatieff apparently offering people cabinet
posts I thought I should have been a character in the movie The Hangover.
You know the one where the main players get so loaded that when they wake
up the next morning they can't remember what they did and how they changed
So a leader whose party has no platform; who at this point according to polls
has lost what ever momentum he had in polls; who now in a recent Macleans interview
is found to have trashed his party's Pearsonian peacekeeping traditions;
is making a cabinet? And oh yes, he is the Leader of the Opposition,
a mere technicality of course. This latest adventure is either
exceptionally audacious or the height of that Iggy arrogance that drives
so many batty except it seems the great man himself and a few of his sycophants.
According to Taber's report: "The Liberal leader recently visited former B.C.
attorney-general Wally Oppal, who was narrowly defeated in the May provincial
election, and offered him the justice portfolio if he were to run federally,
according to a source close to Mr. Oppal." If Jane's story is right
it appears that Iggy and his Liberals still haven't learned that
Canadians hate that entitlement attitude of theirs. Remember that
classic line from former Liberal minister David Dingwall:
"I am entitled to my entitlements." It was that frame of mind
that led to the sponsorship scandal, sank the Martin juggernaut
and put the Liberals on the bench.
Canadians do have this terrible expectation that people who seek
public office work for their vote and offer some plans on what they might do.
Presumably Iggy forgot about that while he was away. The Liberals don't have
an inherit right to govern despite their Leader's current delusion.
In case it also slipped your mind Michael, in
parliamentary democracies like Canada, there is a process called an
election whereby those common folk known as the Canadian public
decide who becomes the government.
Not happy one bit, is Mr. Powers. And you thought I was snarky.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Heather Lynne Zeo, and you know it is bad when both names are used, Heather Lynne Zeo, a math teacher in suburban Philly had two hobbies. One was writing Christian music. Looks good on the resume. The other was banging 17 year old students. Looks bad on the resume.
Not so good in the docket either.
Heather Lynne Zeo has been charged with a bunch of stuff by the Montgomery County District Attorney and has been suspended from her job at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
Ah, a paid vacation will do HLZ good.
I just received an email from Ottawa911Truth, they are a group of earnest conspiracy freaks who see black helicopters everywhere.
This is their latest, to summarize, apparently Michael Jackson was some sort of operative who was going to reveal a vast genocide conspiracy at his concerts in London.
Before or after Billie Jean?
Still, this is interesting, with the accent on interesting, bearing in mind, a rose is a rose is a rose.
"sics" everywhere btw.
Another hero has left our midst, BBC reports that Henry Allingham, the world's oldest man and one of the last surviving World War I servicemen, has died at the age of 113. Mr Allingham served with the Royal Naval Air Service in WWI, later transferring to the Royal Air Force at the time of its creation.
Godspeed to him.