Thursday, March 31, 2011

3600...March 31st A National Holiday

It should be.

Coz today is Gordie Howe's birthday!

Run on that Iggy!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

3599...Most Famed Quebecian Turns 43

She seems to have been around forever but today she turns a youthful 43.

She is theist famous person from Quebec ever.

She is Celine Dion.

BTW whodya think she and Rene are voting for?


3598...Lunch Bunch Says

If Elizabeth May and her gang Green want in on the TV debate they best turn those millions of votes into a seat in the House of Commons.

That was the view of CFRA's Lunch Bimch today.

In my view her kamikaze missions against sitting Tory ministers, Peter McKay last time and Gary Lunn this time, are not helping.


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3597...Want To Live Forever?

Like, apparently, in the States at least, according to something I read in the Atlanta Business Journal, "...Charles Courtemanche, an economics professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, recently published a study showing that a sustained $1 increase in the price of a gallon of gas results in a 10 percent drop in the nation’s obesity rate.

Americans who walk and bike more often and eat at restaurants less often will suffer fewer obesity-related diseases. Every $1 uptick in gas prices saves 11,000 lives and $11 billion in health-care costs annually."

Therefore if gas hits 27,000 dollars a gallon, we all live forever.


3596...Testicles In The News

Today's headline of the day comes from New Zealand's Channel 3:

Police not to blame for man's lost testicle, court told

A man lost a testicle because he was beaten by up to eight men, not because a police officer allegedly kneed him in the groin, a court has been told.

Sergeant Martin James Folan has pleaded not guilty in Auckland District Court to six charges of assault and one of injuring with intent to injure.

Giving evidence today, Joseph Hannam McGee said he was set upon by six to eight men outside a west Auckland bar in January 2010 and beaten so severely he lost consciousness and all memory of subsequent events.

Mr McGee was arrested for disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest after the incident and taken to Henderson police station, where he felt "some of the worst pain I've ever had" in his groin.

He said his testicle was swollen bigger than a tennis ball and he could not walk.

The doctor told him "he couldn't save it because it was literally like potato mash".

The Crown alleged it was Folan who inflicted the injury and was expected to present witness and video evidence to support this but defence counsel Richard Earwaker said it was a result of the beating.

Mr McGee had told the court he had only been punched and kicked in the head and upper body during the beating, contrary to an earlier statement in which he said he was kicked in the genitals.

"That's something you've thought of later, isn't it? Because that's what this man's on trial for," Mr Earwaker said.

Another of Folan's alleged victims, Minora Kea, gave evidence today claiming the officer assaulted him after he was arrested in December 2009.

As he was being processed, Mr Kea said Folan "came up, grabbed my neck, pushed his thumbs in and pushed me against the wall".

"I was fearing for my life."

He said he was unable to talk after the alleged assault and suffered ongoing problems because of the resulting neck injury.

Mr Earwaker questioned the validity of the Mr Kea's claims, pointing out he had made no mention of the neck injury until a year later.

Also giving evidence today was James Campbell, father of another alleged victim, Finn Campbell.

He told the court Folan had told him he had apprehended his son after letter boxes were vandalised and a trail had led to the teenager, who was then 16, and his friends.

"He told me Finn had been cheeky and had a bit of attitude towards him when he asked him some questions."

When Finn Campbell was let out of Folan's police car he was very distraught - "bordering on hysterical", Mr Campbell told the court.

"As soon as the car door was opened he was shouting, 'he elbowed me in the face'. We tried to calm him down, he ran off into the house but he was determined to lay a complaint."

Mr Campbell said his son had never been in trouble before and doubted he would have been abusive to the officer.

"To me, he was just a typical 16-year-old boy in that situation and he felt he was being unnecessarily harassed, well, that might be an extreme word but he felt he was being unnecessarily targeted."

Samuel Verdonk, who was allegedly kicked in the groin by Folan while in custody in November 2009, gave evidence today that he had no memory of the alleged assault but had a sore groin the next morning.

The resulting charge was laid after another police officer made a complaint.

The trial continues.



3595...Tories Miles Ahead In Polls

38 to 24.

But, as pasty faced Sun writer David Akin wrote in this morning's birdcage liner, " may be difficult for Stephen Harper to find enough voters to get the majority he wants..." Mr. Akin goes on to quote David Coletto, CEO of pollster Abacus Data of Ottawa as saying "The Conservatives have no room to grow. Very few voters from other parties identify the Conservatives as their second choice. The issues of scandal and contempt have really polarized the electorate."

Let's face it, the Dippers are called the Dips coz when the going gets tough their support Dips. If enough NDP voters, and they are polling at 20 per cent, realize that they are the key to stopping Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff will restore this country.

From memory, the NDP usually get about 14/16 per cent of the vote. If that 4/6 per cent goes red when making their X and if if if, happier days will be ours.

'tain't gonna be easy.


3594...The KKK Is More Diverse

Is it me or have those of you who have been following the tease promotions being run by the Sun papers re their new TV channel also noticed that all the personalities they are pimping need to use sun block?

Like, 30. On cloudy days.

Just asking.


Monday, March 28, 2011

3594...Noam Chomsky L I V E ! ! !

Democracy and the public university will be his topic when he speaks at the Kailash Mital Theatre on the campus of Canada's 46th best university, the mighty U of K, Carleton.

Advance tickets [or, as Carleton notes on the poster advanced [sic] tickets].

Go to for more info.

And look for me, right up front, red sombrero.


3593...Homer Simpson Gets A New Job

The CFL fan, in fact the only person in the history of the game to bet on the CFL draft, Homer Simpson, has had his job title changed.

He is now working in a coal mine. Least so in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

The Hollywood Reporter says that The Simpsons has been edited for TV in those countries to remove sensitive storylines involving Mr. Simpson's job at a nuclear plant. The current crisis in Japan is what has brought on the change.

TV producers at Germany's Pro7 channel went a step further by checking through new episodes of The Simpsons and removing unsuitable segments featuring trouble at the nuclear power plant, er coal mine, that Mr. Simpson works at.


3592...DidHe EverGet ThatDate With Jodie Foster?

He is, of course, John Hinckley. You may recall from your Grade 11 history class that he was the fool who shot President Ronald Reagan in the hope that that act would propel Jodie Foster into his arms.

Not only deranged, Mr. Hinckley was also a bad shot. Instead of killing the Prez he just hurt him a bit. For his trouble Mr. Hinckley has been locked up for close to the last 30 years.

Not even a phone call or a note from Miss Foster. On the day he shot the sitting President. Mr. Hinckley left a 2-page handwritten letter addressed to the actress behind in his hotel room. In the note he asked her " please look into your heart and at least give me the chance, with this historic deed, to gain your respect and love." If flowers don't work...

He is in the news now coz he is getting closer to getting out. And that disturbs many.


3591...Now Is The Time

To visit the pyramids in Eygpt.

Their little revolution a while back has cleared most [all] of the tourist congestion out of the the sandy country.

So, if seeing The Pyramids, riding a camel and checking out The Sphinx are on your wish list now is the time.


3590...Peter Worthington This Morning In The Sun

Posits the arguement that Michael Ignatieff forced this election so he could throw himself in front of the Tory train and get back to his life as a smarty pants.

Peter Worthington must be high.

That is a lot of work by Mr. Ignatieff to lose. You should start cutting your pills in half Mr. Worthington.


3589...Into The Closet Please

That is where Scott Powers of the Orlando Sentinel was forced by goons/staffers for Joe Biden.

Mr. Biden, the Vice Prez of the US of A, was speaking at a 500$ a pop fundraiser in FLA and Mr. Powers was the pool journalist.

Mr. Biden's peeps did not take a shine to Mr. Powers and decided that he would, should and could not mingle with the paying guests. Team Biden shuddered Mr. Powers into a closet and only let him out when the Veep gave his speech.


3588...Great News For The Greens

I love writing that. Makes Liz May all moist.

It is great news for the Green Party just not the Canuck version thereof.

Reported widely is the news that millions of Germans, scared Germans, scared of nuclear meltdown combined with war, voted the Greens into power in two of the 4th Reich's states.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

3586...Choose You Canada

We off.

There really is one choice: Michael Ignatieff.

Choose your Canada.


3585...Liz May Number One

Bobblehead that is.

The Ottawa Sun had all the leader's bobbleheads in yestwrday's page turner and I have to say that the Green Party leader has the best one.

We have a winner.


Friday, March 25, 2011

3584...Wrong Again

That would me.

About the election.



Thursday, March 24, 2011

3583...NDP: The Voice Of The People

Always in touch with the common man is the NDP.

My sources tell me that the most populist party extant, Jack Layton's Dippers, are going to be kicking off their national campaign in Ottawa. Saturday. At the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. A very working class environment.

I hope the caviar is chilled.


3582...Is God A Mormon?

We will find out tonight and then Saturday and then next weekend.


3581...Today In Canuckistanian History

Detroit's Mud Bruneteau ends the longest Stanley Cup playoff game ever, scoring the game's only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Maroons.

The goal came 16:30 into the sixth overtime period for a total of 116:30 of overtime.

The game was a mere 3:30 short of the equivalent of playing three games back-to-back-to-back.


3580...Yankees Rule


Len Berman reports that "...the Yankees are the most valuable franchise in baseball. According to Forbes, they are now worth $1.7 billion. Nobody else is over a billion. The Red Sox come in second at $912 million. And despite the Mets financial issues, they are still ranked 5th at $747-million. And to graphically illustrate the have/have not issue that suffocates baseball, in the NFL, Dallas is #1 at 1.8 billion. Half the league is worth a billion or more. The lowest ranking team is Jacksonville. $725-million. So the worst is a bit less than half the value of the top team. In baseball, Pittsburgh brings up the rear at $304 million. The Yankees are worth nearly 6 times as much!"

Pittsburgh hasn't made the playoffs since they let a young hitter, Barry Bonds, get away about two decades ago. Kiss the star's ass. How many times do I have to say this? Kiss the star's ass.


3579...America!!! What A Country

They won't take on the metric system coz multipling and dividing by units of 10 is a communist plot.

Fair enough. Every country that has metricated has socialized medecine and we all know that that is commie to nth degree.

Surprisingly it is reported widely that "Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-Ala.) is sponsoring HR 205, The Geometric Simplification Act, declaring the Euclidean mathematical constant of pi to be precisely 3. The bill comes in response to data and rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, rating the United States' 15 year-olds 25th in the world in mathematics."

Apparently rounding pi down to 3 will solve America's problems math wise. Another tact would be to teach kids how to do math but...


3578...Andre Arthur Staying Independentish

The super right wing ex talk show host Andre Arthur , think of a combo of Rush Limbaugh, Lowell Green and Joesph Goebbels, has told Simon Boivin of Quebec City's paper of record, Le Soliel, that it is improbable that he will run for the Stephen Harpers in the next election.

Still I believe that Mr. Arthur is still onside with most of the Tories and offers uh, untacit support for our MPs all in blue.

Go Nords Go.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

3577...Good Morning Moose Jaw

Here is the bio feature on MIX 103.9's morning guy, Greg Forness:

Greg Forness

Favorite Past time: Channel Surfing.
Bad Habit: Getting over excited about good news.
Favorite Music: Despite what Nick says, it's not "show tunes".
Pet Peeve: Bad Grammer.
Favorite Saying/Quote: "There's no 'I' in team, but there is a 'u' in suck!" My Little Brother
Listen to Greg every weekday morning from 6am-12pm.

Mr. Forness says he hates bad grammer [sic] but bad spelling doesn't put him off, does it?


3576...Headline Of The Day

From the Onion:

Gorgeous 25-Year-Old Dead At 79

So cruel. So cool.


3575...The Other Other White Meat

When travelling one has to be aware of local laws and customs.

To wit, when in Tanzania it is illegal to kill your wife in her sleep and then try to sell her body parts to the police, claiming it is pork. This is what QMI reports a man in Tanzania was arrested for Friday morning.

You are welcome.


3574...The Emperor's New Clothes

Is it just me or does an open like this one from the Ottawa Citizen send a chill down your spine?

The federal Liberals are trailing in the polls and their leader is unpopular. So why are they pushing for an election?

It's not rocket science. The Liberals insist conditions have never been better.

Seriously. No they are not.


3573...Raymond Heard Writes The Tronna Star

For centrist Liberals like me, a nightmare scenario is emerging for the election that seems inevitable — and Stephen Harper is bound to exploit it during the campaign.

Based on new polls, it is quite possible for Jack Layton’s NDP to emerge with more seats than the Liberals. Mr. Layton could then become the Prime Minister of a coalition government, propped up by another side-deal with the separatists, who may also win more seats than the Grits and therefore get more cabinet seats than the Liberals.

If this happens, we will witness the fall of the Canadian Liberal Party, just as our grandfathers saw the fall of the British Liberals a century ago when they lost their way in the wilderness.

Raymond Heard, Toronto


3572...Baseball Season Is Around The Corner


That is what Helena Guergis, the deposed Tory cabinet minister is playing. It is reported on that the MP for Simcoe-Grey have left the local Conservative riding association in a cash-strapped situation by returning a $35,000 rebate to Elections Canada.

Beauty, eh?


3571...I Still Say No Election

Makes no sense.

Unless Stephen Harper gets got in bed with a live boy or a dead girl he is back right where he started from.

The dips will dip and Michael Ignatieff will become a footnote in history.

I posit that there will be a lot of no shows at the vote to defeat the guv.


3570...Saturday Night Live

Is writing itself this week.

Liz Taylor's demise.

The attack upon Libya.

President Obama's legitimate shot at winning the ESPN March Madness poll.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

3569...How Come Moomar Is Not

A General?

Cololnel is cool and certainly better than I could do but?



3568...No Election In Canada

I predict a lot of colds on confidence vote day.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

3567...One In Four Coppers Porkers

That is what the CBC reports the RCMP says about it's own officers.

To wit 1 in 4 are obese.

One would think that all that car time is the cause


3566...Canada Needs Title IX

Title IX is an American law, promulgated in the 1970s, that says that if a dollar is spent on a boy in an educational setting equal funds need to be spent on a girl too.

It is applied most openly in sport and is a big reason why there has been an explosion in sports opportunity for females in Canada and the USA. Essentially NCAA programs have to have balance. Of they have a men's hockey team they balance it with a womans. Football is balanced by softball and cheerleadimg and field hockey. Although most programs with athlete laden football teams never comply the at least try and that effort has provided tremendous sport and educational opportunity for women over the decades.

Not so much in Oh Canada. The tape delayed CIS does not have a Title IX type program in effect and that works to the detriment of women.

Two recent events shed light on this gender imbalance. One is Carleton's dropping women's field hockey, a move done at the same time Canada's 46th best university is planning on bringing back football, an all male sport that costs beaucoup d'argent. The second school to screw women is Saint Mary's. Saturday's Globe and Mail reports that SMU is going ixnay the ockeyhay to save a mere 100K while killing the dream of countless women hockey players.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

3565...Helena Guergis A Tory?

She is telling everyone who will listen that she is a life long Conservative and wants back in.

She did tell John Edwards at Connection that "There are few select (people) - including the Prime Minister that I do feel betrayed by."

Deluding herself "Guergis told The Connection that under new leadership 'I will find my way back in.'"

Oh, look, a pig just flew by my window!!!


3564...Andre Arthur A Tory?

Those were the headlines in the Quebec papers late in the week.

Andre Arthur is a two term independent MP from suburban Quebec City. The former talk show host is pretty right wing. Actually saying Andre Arthur is pretty right wing is like saying that Adolf Hitler had anger issues. He is super right.

In fact he is so Bleu that Les Bleus did not run a candidate against him last time. He is pretty much a slam dunk if he runs as a Stephen Harper.

What's in it for him? More power, committees and more money to play with.

Win, win, right?


3563...Sarah Palin, R. I. P.

Caught this in the USA Today.

According to a new poll, independent voters say they favor [Charlie] Sheen over Sarah Palin by a 41/36 margin.

And it's not just independents who are supporting the tiger-blooded warlock. Democrats would support him by a 44-24 margin for president over Palin and Republicans would support him 37-28 over Obama.

The conclusion from Public Policy People may not have any respect for Sheen but they still think he'd be a better alternative than their opposing party's leading figure.

This is her jump-the-shark moment. When you consider yourself a serious candidate for the President thingy and you finish behind a human cartoon character it says something. And the something is says is "It's over."


Friday, March 18, 2011

3562...Today In The History Of La Belle

La Canada, La World, La Hockey.

A milestone. Montreal's Maurice "The Rocket" Richard becomes the first to score 50 goals in a season. He did it in the 50th and last game of the season. 50 goals; 50 games.

1945 was the year.


3561...March Madness Is Not

Just Stephen Harper's inner circle stealing and lying and supporting whores.

No, it is also basketball pools.

Len Berman reports that "Of the 5.9 million who entered ESPN's NCAA bracket competition, only 317 remain perfect after Thursday's games. 5 poor souls went 0-16 yesterday."

And it ain't me babe.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

3560...Luck Of The Irish


Read on:

Luck of the Irish is a myth, study shows
Monday, March 14, 2011

A man holds a St. Patrick's Day flag, during Munich's St. Patrick's Day parade on March 14, 2010 in Munich, southern Germany. St. Patrick's Day, the festival which commemorates the Irish patron saint, takes place on March 17, 2010.
A man holds a St. Patrick's Day flag, during Munich's St. Patrick's Day parade on March 14, 2010 in Munich, southern Germany. St. Patrick's Day, the festival which commemorates the Irish patron saint, takes place on March 17, 2010.

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There is no such thing as the "Luck of the Irish", according to research by a major bookmaker published ahead of St Patrick's Day, Thursday's anniversary of Ireland's patron saint.

Bookmakers Ladbrokes and racing website studied 12 months of Ladbrokes' betting data and found that there are more lucky Brits than Irish.

There is a traditional belief in the betting community that Emerald Isle punters have the uncanny knack of being able to find more winners.

However the researchers looked at 28,123 punters each side of the Irish Sea - a total of 56,246 - and found that 5,902 Brits win more than 40% of the time, compared with 3,471 Irish.

It is not all bad news for the Irish, though. When Irish punters do win, they scoop an average of 167% more than the Brits.

The average amount won per bet in Ireland is £40.16 whereas conservative U.K. punters pocket an average of just £15.04.

David Williams, from Ladbrokes, said: "The results of the survey are staggering and have exposed as a myth one of the most widely-accepted sayings in betting history.

"The Irish are certainly fearless punters but it's the Brits who seem to enjoy the luck. No doubt the Irish will look to correct the injustice at the Cheltenham Festival."

The annual Cheltenham Festival horse racing event is taking place this week.

"It's the biggest betting week of the year and the euros that flood over from Ireland are enough to make any bookie go weak at the knees. We've always kept our ear to the ground for whispers from the Irish but perhaps we should have a re-think," Williams said.

© Copyright (c) AFP

I think they are just jealous of us.


3559...It Is Italy's 150th Anniversary Today

Interestingly the north wants out and the south isn't so sure and the middle too.

Sounds like our confederation, eh?

Garibaldi's vision makes it 150; not so bad.


3558...Happy St. Patrick's Day

It only comes once a year but those of us on the team practice every day.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

3559...If She Went Into Politics They'd Hate Her

She is Minka Kelly, who starred in one of greatest pieces of dramatic art ever, TV's Friday Night Lights.

The brilliant thespian has just been named Esquire's sexiest woman alive. I follow this sort of stuff.

She is the dramatic equiv to Italy's Mara Carfagna, a minister in their guv, who is hated on for being a former Maxim girl. In an interview with the magazine, Derek Jeter's fiance talks about herself, what it's like to be 30, and growing up the daughter of a stripper.

In my view hotness is a big reason why there are so few women in politics. If you are a hot chick like Ms. Carfagna you got the job as minister coz you f*cked the boss. As if. If anything, in politics women who are hot are hated on. Seriously. Palin. Stronach. Guergis.

It is so stupid and it has got to stop.


3558...Earl McRae Drops A Pearl On The World

In my view no one in Canuckistanian politics has the IT factor more than Justin Trudeau. He is going to be a great Prime Minister and sooner rather than later.

But Earl McRae, the star of the Ottawa Sun, dropped a nice bomb on JT in today's rag.

Mr. McRae called "...Justin Trudeau, the Paris Hilton of Canadian politics..."

Beauty, eh?


3557...Nate Dogg Passes

If you know him you know him and if you don't you don't.

He was one of the pioneers in rap music and just passed at the age of 41.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram reported that he had two strokes, 2007 and 2008. No cause of death was reported.


3556...Stepping Up To The Plate

Dr. Phil would love this guy.

His name is Guy Lonechild and he is the Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. The National Post reports that yesterday he was convicted of driving while impaired and instead of whining like many do when getting taken down for drug and alcohol related offenses he owned up to his miscreant behaviour and said that "I made a terrivle mistake...Alcohol isn't good for Guy Lonechild. It isn't good for many of our people."

Truly a hero.


3553...You Say Tomato

I say barbaric.

Surely we can get beyond this.

Thou shall not kill should cover it all, eh?


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

3552...You Can Have It All


I know that Stephen Harper's vision of Canada looks a lot like the Bush families USA but dude, seriously, you gotta prioritize.

Take the new laws that you are bringing in to keep our country safe. For starters, these laws have been tested in the States and they are absolute failures resulting in more not less violence on the streets and an explosion in building of jails and the subsequent filling of them. Building jails and filling them costs beaucoup d'argent.

Then take the jets, the billion dollars of jets you want. To be a big boy country Canada has to wear big boy pants and the jets are a big part of that.

But you cannot have both.

Leadership requires making choices.



3551...NHL Meet The NFL

Back in the day, 1970 I believe, 17 starting NFL quarterbacks were sent to the hospital and the disabled list the first Sunday of the season.

It happened coz back in those days defensive linemen were allowed to take three steps and cream the QB after he got rid of the ball. That Sunday changed all that. The NFL realized that the fans don't tune in to the games to see the stars, the QBs, get killed repeatedly. So the league changed the rules and made it a big no no to destroy their moneymakers when they were at their most vulnerable. Sure there were dissenters, Don Cherrys if you will. One of them, Pittsburgh linebacker Jack Ham, suggested that perhaps they should put QBs in dresses. Didn't happen.

The NHL should copy the NFL and just ban head shots. The greatest player in the world of hockey, Sidney Crosby, is in some serious bad shape and may not play this season or, heaven forbid, ever.

Man up Gary Bettman.


3550...Forget About Japan

Think California.

The category is nuclear plants and the problem is fault lines.

In case you need something new to worry about: California's San Onofre nuclear plant, near fault line and sea, built to withstand less than Japan plant.

CBC also reported on the National last night that we may have a bit of a problem with one of our nuke plants in La Belle that is on a fault line.

You are welcome.


Monday, March 14, 2011

3549...Bad Luck In Guelph

From the QMI people, Canoe, Sun etc.:

A man in Guelph, Ont., was robbed of his booze -- twice.

At 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, the man was walking down the street when he was approached by two suspects who attacked him and took some of the alcoholic beverages he was carrying, police said in a release.

About 30 minutes later, the same two suspects returned after the man had walked about a kilometre, attacking him again and taking the rest of his booze, police said.

The man did not require medical attention. Police are searching for the two suspects.

And you thought you had a rough weekend.


3548...God Is Getting Even For Pearl Harbour

That is what Cappie Pondexter says about the earthquake in Japan.

She plays for the New York Liberty.

I know, who the f*ck is Cappie Pondexter and what in the name of God is [are?] the New York Liberty?

Ms. Pondexter is a guard and the New York Liberty are a WNBA team. Basketball.

Anyhow, ESPN reports that "On Saturday, Pondexter tweeted: 'What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes.'" Later the former Olympian and Rutgers star [see Don Imus' "Nappy headed hos."] tweeted: "u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can't expect anything less."

Ms. Pondexter, who is a big star in the world of womens basketball, also used the racially derogatory term "jap," when referring to someone who was offended by her comments.


3547...Happy Pie Day



3546...More Than One In Five Say 86 The Border

That is what Bernard Marcotte writes in today's Globe and Mail.

Quoting a couple of polls earlier this month and late last he writes that "When it comes to proposing that the Canada-United States border be erased, only 22 per cent of Canadians and 16 per cent of Americans in two recently conducted, separate polls said they agree with the idea."

Good for both sides I say in the same way the line between Ottawa and Gatineau is good for both sides.




Is cold.

So cold.

Weekend past they were doing a piece on high school signing day for footballers and they got Rich Rodriguez, one of their talking heads, to interview Brady Hoke, the new football coach at Michigan.

Here is the rub. Mr. Rodriquez was the old football coach at Michigan. When his ass was fired Mr. Hoke replaced him.



3544...Sometimes A Rose Is Just A Rose

Don't read too much into Stockwell Day's retirement. Ditto the other two Tory clowns.

Dude is old.

Just coz it is over for him doesn't mean it is over for them.

We gots to keep on keeping on.



Number one men and seeded number three women.

This is Canada's 46th best university, Carleton, and on the heels of the men winning the nationals this weekend the Raven women go to nationals in Windsor, their first ever, in hopes of coming home with the Bronze Baby.

The library may have no books but our basketball teams are top notch.

We are Carleton.


3542...Number 46th University In Canada Does It!


It is win the national championship in men's university basketball.

Carleton Ravens, again.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

3541...Shut The F*ck Up

The Sun Papers are running with the story that "Don Meredith, a black, Jamaican-born Torontonian recently appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, slammed Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and one of Ignatieff's black MPs for Ignatieff's use of the phrase 'wait a cotton-pickin' minute.'"

Shut the f*ck up.

I know there isn't much to do for you in the the Senate but surely you can find better ways to waste your time.


3540...Bosom Buddies

Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari starred in this sit com in the early 80's.

Mr. Hanks is now Tom Hanks.

Mr. Scolari is now a spokesman for an erection provider, I kid you not, that advertises on 66WFAN, New York.


3539...The End Of The World As We Know It V.2

The NFL has locked out its players for the 2011 season.

This is, of course, a big steaming pile of bullsh*t. The owners are coming off their most successful year financially, are running the most successful league in the world so, of course, they get greedy and want more, more, more.

Keep in mind that no matter how much money NFL players make they are still workers in the same way you and I are.


3538...The End Of The World As We Know It V.1

Headline in yesterdays The Times, a rather proper journal out of London, the London Glen Pearson is not from:

Wisconsin lawmakers pass bill to curb union rights

Tea Party Republicans are calling the passing of a law that curbs collective bargaining rights of public sector unions "...the biggest victory against American union power in 30 years." The law, which was rammed through by the GOP in Wisconsin, bans public sector unions from automatically levying membership dues. It is the first step to destroying unions in that state.

Mark Miller, Democrat, who is the senate minority leader, said that "In 30 minutes, 18 state senators undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect fro the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage."

Coming to a Stephen Harper, er, Canada near you.


Friday, March 11, 2011

3537...Number One Sport In Canada


The number forty sport in the USA.


Here, in the aftermath of the Zdeno Chara hit is what the man, Gary Bettman, who took the NHL from being a big 4 sport in the States to a sport that is behind horse racing, cheerleading and monster truck events on the sports depth chart, had to say about Air Canada thinking about pulling their adverstising from the league:

"Air Canada is a great brand, as is the National Hockey League, and if they decide they need to do other things with their sponsorship dollars that is their prerogative, just like it is the prerogative of our clubs that fly on Air Canada to make other arrangements if they don't think Air Canada is giving them an appropriate level of service."

Way to go stronzo.


3536...Failing Up

Them's the Tories.

The latest polling results, released exclusively to CBC News, found 35.2 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives if an election were held now, compared with 27.8 per cent who said they would support Michael Ignatieff's Liberals.

Jack Layton's NDP had the support of 14.9 per cent of respondents, while 10.1 per cent said they would vote for Elizabeth May's Green Party. Support for the Bloc Quebecois, led by Gilles Duceppe, was at 8.8 per cent.

This is not good news.


3535...12K Per Person

That is the number that you, me, the homeless dude in front of the LCBO, my mom, Daniel Alfredsson, Bill Good Jr., Lowell Green, Ed Stelmach and all other Canadians will be paying for Stephen Harper's new jets.

Twelve thousand dollars.

Since it is sole source one has to think that, no perish the thought, that some of the money will find its way to where it is not supposed to be.


3534...NDP Will Get Crushed In Next Election

That is why they call them Dippers, eh?

Pat Martin, one of their more verbose MPs, knows that be true. He is quoted by Tim Naumetz in the Hill Times as saying they need to "...give it a few more weeks."

See he just painted his house in Ottawa and Olivia Chow's pension doesn't kick in til '12 and Jack Layton has a sore ass sooooooooo.


3533...Well They Do Boo Santa Claus

They are, of course, the fans of the Philly sports teams.

Now one of their lead columnists in the Philiadelphia Inquirer, T. J. Furman, has asked the faithful to throw batteries, D Cells, at former potential Phillie player J. D. Drew when his current team, the BoSox, visit The City of Brotherly Love this season.

Mr. Drew's sin was that during the Clinton adminstration he refused to sign with the Phillies when they drafted him. 1997. Hold a grudge why doncha?

Mr. Furman has backed away from his stance, saying it was just a joke.


Thursday, March 10, 2011

3532...Genies Tonight In Ottawa

I know, what are the Genies?

The Canuck version of the Oscars.

And, yes, you are right, outside of a small circle of friends, who gives a f*ck?



3531...Canada Needs An Obama

That is what Ottawa Citizen editorial write Kate Heartfield wrote in this morning's fishwrap.

This is why it ain't gonna happen any time soon:

Spending limits. That is it in a nutshell. It is an old boyz/girlz club in Ottawa and the other halls of power in Canada.

You have to be, minimum, upper middle class to run and to get staff coz most of the staff on the hill can make double what they are getting there in the private or guv sector.

No northern Obama.


3530...Raise A Reader

But make them smart readers not like the unnamed 27 year old Quebecois that the OPP pulled over Tuesday night near Brockville.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the coppers saw a car moving west at a fast clip, moving in and out of traffic with the dome light on. When 50 got closer they noticed that the driver was reading a novel.

That cost her 465$.


3529...Has The Revolution Started?

Breaking news from WABC says maybe:

Wisconsin Capitol locked down as state Assembly takes up bill

"The whole world is watching!" shouted protesters outside the Assembly's entrance on Thursday as police removed more than dozen demonstrators from the Capitol and indefinitely delayed the building's opening.

Stayed tuned sports fans.


3528...Crime Watch Canada Part Three

If you are going to kill somebody this year do it in Manitoba.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that two Winnipeg teens got a day in jail for beating a 28year old guy to death at the Icelandic Festival in Gimili, Manitoba back in August of 2008.

That will teach 'em, eh?


3527...Crime Watch Canada Part Two

Always wear gloves when breaking into places.

Brian Ivan Cote busted into to more than a dozen Regina businesses between '04 and '07.

He is a thief; that's his job.

He is bad at it though.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that he cut himself each and every time he broke into a joint.

DNA was his undoing and he got three years in jail.


3526...Crime Watch Canada Part One

The WFDS starts on the west coast where the Ottawa Citizen reports that Leo Lavigne got off the hook this week.

The B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that Mr. Lavigne cannot be sued by his neighbours, Peter and Meah Martin, for allegedly staring into their apartment up to 200 times a year.

Note to the Martins: get a pit bull puppy and train it to hate Mr. Lavigne.

Problem solved.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

3525...No More Happy Days In Wisconsin

The Badger State's Senate is pulling a Duma, circa 1905/1917.

From WABC Radio:

Wisconsin Senate Votes to Strip Collective Bargaining Rights from State Workers

Is not good.


3524...Jim Flaherty Predicts Catastrophe

Right on the CTV News last night.

The subject was the price of beer, which, except for La Belle, is wayyyyyy too expensive.

JIM FLAHERTY (Federal Finance Minister): This is a catastrophe in advance of St. Patrick's Day.

They will be wearing black armbands in Douglas, Ontario next Thursday.


3523...Canuck Unis Not Friendly To The Other

BBC News did an overview of world universities and how they serve students from away.

We didn't even make the list.

1. Germany
2. Australia
3. UK
4. China
5. Malaysia
6. US
7. Japan
8. Russia
9. Nigeria
10. Brazil
11. India
Source: British Council

Behind Malaysia and Nigeria!!! OMG. OMFG.


3522...It Is Ash Wednesday; Wotcha Giving Up?

As a good Roman Catholic I am required to give up something for Lent to something something Jesus' walk through the desert.

I think that is it.

Anyhow, the tradition continues.

This year I will give up Liver and Octopus.

It's only 40 days.


3521...Too Bad This Did Not Happen Yesterday

Yesterday, of course, was International Women's Day.

I covered this story earlier in the year. For those of you in 905 and 416 that get Buffalo TV this has been a h u g e story.

From WABC New York:

New York TV executive Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan sentenced

to 25 years to life in his wife's beheading.

Erie County Court Judge Thomas Franczyk sentenced Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan this morning to the maximum sentence of 25 years to life for the brutal murder of his wife, Aasiya, in the couple's Orchard Park television studio two years ago.

What a schmuck he is.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

3520...International Women's Day

So many jokes there but, as you know, I be way too classy fer dat.

100th anniversary thereof.



3519...I Hate My Job

Wayne Brady.

Let's Make A Deal.

Paying off his student loan the hard way.

Monday, March 7, 2011

3518...Michael Moore Speaks Of Brett Farve

And other things, things that are very important to you and not just to Madison, to Wisconsin and to the US of A but to us in Canada.

Often Michael Moore makes things up. Remember Sicko? This time the nail on the head.

Liberalism, unions and fair distribution of wealth is what has kept us a tad ahead of the Americans but, frankly, paying over five dollars a gallon for gas in Fort McMurray strikes me as a cash grab.

America Is NOT Broke ...the Madison speech by Michael Moore

Delivered in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, March 5th, 2011. Video available here.

America is not broke.

Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you'll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not broke. Not by a long shot. The country is awash in wealth and cash. It's just that it's not in your hands. It has been transferred, in the greatest heist in history, from the workers and consumers to the banks and the portfolios of the uber-rich.

Today just 400 Americans have the same wealth as half of all Americans combined.

Let me say that again. 400 obscenely rich people, most of whom benefited in some way from the multi-trillion dollar taxpayer "bailout" of 2008, now have as much loot, stock and property as the assets of 155 million Americans combined. If you can't bring yourself to call that a financial coup d'├ętat, then you are simply not being honest about what you know in your heart to be true.

And I can see why. For us to admit that we have let a small group of men abscond with and hoard the bulk of the wealth that runs our economy, would mean that we'd have to accept the humiliating acknowledgment that we have indeed surrendered our precious Democracy to the moneyed elite. Wall Street, the banks and the Fortune 500 now run this Republic -- and, until this past month, the rest of us have felt completely helpless, unable to find a way to do anything about it.

I have nothing more than a high school degree. But back when I was in school, every student had to take one semester of economics in order to graduate. And here's what I learned: Money doesn't grow on trees. It grows when we make things. It grows when we have good jobs with good wages that we use to buy the things we need and thus create more jobs. It grows when we provide an outstanding educational system that then grows a new generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, scientists and thinkers who come up with the next great idea for the planet. And that new idea creates new jobs and that creates revenue for the state. But if those who have the most money don't pay their fair share of taxes, the state can't function. The schools can't produce the best and the brightest who will go on to create those jobs. If the wealthy get to keep most of their money, we have seen what they will do with it: recklessly gamble it on crazy Wall Street schemes and crash our economy. The crash they created cost us millions of jobs. That too caused a reduction in tax revenue. Everyone ended up suffering because of what the rich did.

The nation is not broke, my friends. Wisconsin is not broke. Saying that the country is broke is repeating a Big Lie. It's one of the three biggest lies of the decade: 1) America is broke, 2) Iraq has WMD, and 3) The Packers can't win the Super Bowl without Brett Favre.

The truth is, there's lots of money to go around. LOTS. It's just that those in charge have diverted that wealth into a deep well that sits on their well-guarded estates. They know they have committed crimes to make this happen and they know that someday you may want to see some of that money that used to be yours. So they have bought and paid for hundreds of politicians across the country to do their bidding for them. But just in case that doesn't work, they've got their gated communities, and the luxury jet is always fully fueled, the engines running, waiting for that day they hope never comes. To help prevent that day when the people demand their country back, the wealthy have done two very smart things:

1. They control the message. By owning most of the media they have expertly convinced many Americans of few means to buy their version of the American Dream and to vote for their politicians. Their version of the Dream says that you, too, might be rich some day -- this is America, where anything can happen if you just apply yourself! They have conveniently provided you with believable examples to show you how a poor boy can become a rich man, how the child of a single mother in Hawaii can become president, how a guy with a high school education can become a successful filmmaker. They will play these stories for you over and over again all day long so that the last thing you will want to do is upset the apple cart -- because you -- yes, you, too! -- might be rich/president/an Oscar-winner some day! The message is clear: keep you head down, your nose to the grindstone, don't rock the boat and be sure to vote for the party that protects the rich man that you might be some day.

2. They have created a poison pill that they know you will never want to take. It is their version of mutually assured destruction. And when they threatened to release this weapon of mass economic annihilation in September of 2008, we blinked. As the economy and the stock market went into a tailspin, and the banks were caught conducting a worldwide Ponzi scheme, Wall Street issued this threat: Either hand over trillions of dollars from the American taxpayers or we will crash this economy straight into the ground. Fork it over or it's Goodbye savings accounts. Goodbye pensions. Goodbye United States Treasury. Goodbye jobs and homes and future. It was friggin' awesome and it scared the shit out of everyone. "Here! Take our money! We don't care. We'll even print more for you! Just take it! But, please, leave our lives alone, PLEASE!"

The executives in the board rooms and hedge funds could not contain their laughter, their glee, and within three months they were writing each other huge bonus checks and marveling at how perfectly they had played a nation full of suckers. Millions lost their jobs anyway, and millions lost their homes. But there was no revolt (see #1).

Until now. On Wisconsin! Never has a Michigander been more happy to share a big, great lake with you! You have aroused the sleeping giant known as the working people of the United States of America. Right now the earth is shaking and the ground is shifting under the feet of those who are in charge. Your message has inspired people in all 50 states and that message is: WE HAVE HAD IT! We reject anyone who tells us America is broke and broken. It's just the opposite! We are rich with talent and ideas and hard work and, yes, love. Love and compassion toward those who have, through no fault of their own, ended up as the least among us. But they still crave what we all crave: Our country back! Our democracy back! Our good name back! The United States of America. NOT the Corporate States of America. The United States of America!

So how do we make this happen? Well, we do it with a little bit of Egypt here, a little bit of Madison there. And let us pause for a moment and remember that it was a poor man with a fruit stand in Tunisia who gave his life so that the world might focus its attention on how a government run by billionaires for billionaires is an affront to freedom and morality and humanity.

Thank you, Wisconsin. You have made people realize this was our last best chance to grab the final thread of what was left of who we are as Americans. For three weeks you have stood in the cold, slept on the floor, skipped out of town to Illinois -- whatever it took, you have done it, and one thing is for certain: Madison is only the beginning. The smug rich have overplayed their hand. They couldn't have just been content with the money they raided from the treasury. They couldn't be satiated by simply removing millions of jobs and shipping them overseas to exploit the poor elsewhere. No, they had to have more -- something more than all the riches in the world. They had to have our soul. They had to strip us of our dignity. They had to shut us up and shut us down so that we could not even sit at a table with them and bargain about simple things like classroom size or bulletproof vests for everyone on the police force or letting a pilot just get a few extra hours sleep so he or she can do their job -- their $19,000 a year job. That's how much some rookie pilots on commuter airlines make, maybe even the rookie pilot who flew me here to Madison today. He told me he's stopped hoping for a pay increase. All he's asking for now is enough down time so that he doesn't have to sleep in his car between shifts at O'Hare airport. That's how despicably low we have sunk! The wealthy couldn't be content with just paying this man $19,000 a year. They had to take away his sleep. They had to demean him and dehumanize him and rub his face in it. After all, he's just another slob, isn't he?

And that, my friends, is Corporate America's fatal mistake. But trying to destroy us they have given birth to a movement -- a movement that is becoming a massive, nonviolent revolt across the country. We all knew there had to be a breaking point some day, and that point is upon us. Many people in the media don't understand this. They say they were caught off guard about Egypt, never saw it coming. Now they act surprised and flummoxed about why so many hundreds of thousands have come to Madison over the last three weeks during brutal winter weather. "Why are they all standing out there in the cold?" I mean, there was that election in November and that was supposed to be that!

"There's something happening here, and you don't know what it is, do you ...?"

America ain't broke! The only thing that's broke is the moral compass of the rulers. And we aim to fix that compass and steer the ship ourselves from now on. Never forget, as long as that Constitution of ours still stands, it's one person, one vote, and it's the thing the rich hate most about America -- because even though they seem to hold all the money and all the cards, they begrudgingly know this one unshakeable basic fact: There are more of us than there are of them!

Madison, do not retreat. We are with you. We will win together.


3517...Scary News Out Of France

Buried in the bowels of the Ottawa Citizen is a piece that says that "Marine Le Pen, the French National Front's new leader, could beat [President] Nicolas Sarkozy in the first round of the presidential election next year..."

The National Front is a national socialist party.

This is not good.


3516...Charlie Sheen Winner

Not so much.

Slate reports that "The actor's Saturday night webcast raked in more than 100,000 viewers at one point, but many were quick to sign off from the blabbering, unplanned mess; online criticism was fast and furious."

Sad thing is the President's seems to not be on drugs; he is just f*cking nuts.


3515...Only In Canada, Eh? Pity

An igloo collapse in southern Quebec.

A true tragedy, it happened in Chambly, just south of Montreal where the Ottawa Sun reports that "A 26-year-old Quebec man is dead after the igloo he was building in his backyard collapsed onto him."

His four year old stepson witnessed his dad's death.



3514...Another Spin On Multiculturalism

It is widely reported that Quebec has a new plan to integrate the et'nics into the mainstream and it could have impact all across the Dominion.

Well all I have to say is STFU.

Enough with this social engineering bullsh*t.

Just let people be people and they will find their way, k?


3513...Huntington West Virginia

The USA Today this weekend told the world that Huntington, West Virginia, is the least liveable city in the States.

You may know the town as the home of the Marshall University Thundering Herd, "We Are Marshall", and, according to my source "...a hockey team that was cancelled...".

Question: what is the least liveable city in Canada?

Accepting nominees now.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

3512...Saving Money On Surgery

Liza Priest in Saturday's Globe and Mail tells all that the strong Canuck Buck is sending more affluent Canadians over the border to get cut with a knife.

"Open-heart surgery once cost upwards of $100,000 in the United States, but a triple bypass can now be had for as little as $16,000 U.S. And there are bargains on hip and knee replacements too: the going rate of $53,000 can be negotiated to less than $19,000."

Almost makes me want to have a heart attack.


3511...Halifax Hates On Jack

Nice editorial in Halifax's paper of record taking apart Jack Layton's anti-Senate referendum proposal:

Senate referendum: Void rhetoric

The Chronicle Herald


Sun, Mar 6 - 7:22 AM

JACK LAYTON’S pitch last week to hold a referendum on abolishing the Senate is sheer electioneering. He can diss the Senate all he likes, but dissolving it is a much trickier proposition.

The federal NDP leader is well aware that such a plebiscite, even if hugely successful, would be moot. Referendums are non-binding in this country — and that includes the two (thankfully unsuccessful) referendums Quebec separatists have already orchestrated.

The reality is that the secession of a province or the upending of the upper chamber would require a constitutional amendment and the consent of seven of the 10 provinces comprising 50 per cent of the population.

Mr. Layton believes a "clear statement" from the Canadian people would serve as a cattle prod for provincial and federal politicians to axe the Senate, since attempts to overhaul it have largely stalled. In effect, what Mr. Layton is advocating is reopening the Constitution, plus that other can of worms known as regional grievances. If anything, such a process might succeed only in fanning the flames for a third sovereignty referendum in Quebec or — who knows? — a breakaway bid by Alberta.

Presented under this light, Mr. Layton’s referendum question suddenly becomes less attractive. Which is not to say that many of his criticisms of the Senate and its current composition aren’t valid. Nor is he off-base with many of his beefs with Stephen Harper and his stacking of the Senate with loyalists after running on a reformist agenda.

Mr. Harper’s appointees do profess to believe in Senate reform and term limits. It will be interesting to see what happens to a Conservative bill introduced a year ago that would allow senators to be elected in each province, then appointed by the prime minister.

This might take the sting out of one of Mr. Layton’s criticisms — that unelected senators can override the will of the majority of the elected MPs in the House of Commons, as they did last year on a climate-change bill. But while the gradual emergence of an upper chamber populated with "elected" representatives would boost its legitimacy, it might also put it on a collision course with the Commons more often and produce parliamentary paralysis.

Frankly, the easiest way to reform the Senate would be for prime ministers to reform their ways. They could make a point of appointing high-calibre candidates. How about drawing from the ranks of non-partisan Order of Canada recipients instead of from lists of party stalwarts and sympathizers?

Personally I like what Jack, er, Mr. Layton has to say about the Senate.

I like the Triple E Senate.

Too bad Stephen Harper reneged on that position.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

3510...Huffington Post Blows


Although I bet Huffington herself, ah, mind out of the gutter.

"Canada's Radio Act requires that 'a licenser [sic] may not broadcast....any false or misleading news.' The provision has kept Fox News and right wing talk radio out of Canada."

Ah, no, it hasn't. We have lots of right wing radio in Canada. We even elected our most right wing talker, Andre Arthur, to the House of Commons. And the capital city, Ottawa's, curmudgeon from the right, Lowell Green, ran for provincial parliament as a Liberal.

America ain't the only place with right wing media.


3509...CFRA 24/7 News Talk Radio In Ottawa

Well, sorta.

Except this morning when I was driving to work between 8 and 9 when they were explaining how to renovate your bathroom.

And weeknights when they rerun day time talk shows.

Plus some other times.

Other than that, as the kids say, 24/7/365.


3508...Whither Elizabeth May

On the budget.

Just asking the question.



3507...Please Get Julian Fantino A Tissue

Poor baby tells the Toronto Star today that they are so mean to him in the House of Commons, asking him tough questions and everything.


3506...Spending Limits

Much ado about nothing.


They are undemocratic.

Let's get rid of them on all levels.


3505...Didja Know?

That "A Bloc Quebecois MP who asked Friday about the branding exercise was chided by the Speaker for using the prime minister's name in the Commons. MPs must refer to one another in the chamber by the ridings they represent."?

Me neither.

Thanks Joan Bryden of The Canadian Press.


3504...Turks And Caicos

Someone please remind me [on this awful late winter's day in Ottawa] why we did not let them join Our Home And Native Land when they wanted to back in the 1970's?


Friday, March 4, 2011

3503...Rodney King Pulled Over By LAPD

Unlike 20 years ago they didn't beat the hell out of him.

TMZ reports that "A spokesman for the Arcadia Police Department tells us King was pulled over when cops witnessed the car making an unsafe lane change -- and when they approached the vehicle, King admitted he had been driving with an expired license. We're told King was cited for the license -- not the reckless driving -- and immediately called a friend to drive him home. And absolutely nothing else happened."

No free shopping this time.


3502...How Not To Shop Lift

Paging Joesph Lee Stringer, Joesph Lee Stringer.

Mr. Stringer is the Rome, Georgia Wal Mart shoplifter of the month for February.

WSBTV2 in Atlanta reports that the 20 something "...was arrested after police said he stuffed a rotisserie chicken, chicken wings, a mouth guard and two toothbrushes down the front of his pants and walked out of a Walmart without paying for the items."

My hero.


3501...Tourism Hamilton

Hamilton Tourism.

Kinda forget the name but the concept is funny for certain.

Those banners are at courtside at McMaster's gym in Hamilton where the OUA Bball Final Four is being played and the concept is, as I said, funny to me.

To you?

What would they show, besides the steel mills? The road to Toronto? Buffalo? Niagara?

Not hating, just stating.


3500...No Election In The Spring Of 11

Ain't gonna happen.

The Toronto Star says that "NDP Leader Jack Layton will undergo hip surgery Friday, a development that could throw in doubt the timing of a spring federal election..."

No matter what Kathleen Monk, director of communications for the NDP, says, and she says that the Dippers are ready for battle, it is pretty tough to bang on doors and do your electoral thing when you are hurting like Mr. Layton is.

I say fall of 11.


3499...The World In Chaos

So, of course, one of the lead stories on CBC's The National last night was about hockey.

Apparently getting punched in the head for a living is bad for the brain. Thank you Captain Obvious.

"Back to you, Peter."


Thursday, March 3, 2011

3498...Whew!!! Well, Whewish.

Good news from the NFL strike watch:

According to the NFL Network, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement has been given a 24-hour extension. This allows the NFL and NFLPA to negotiate a potential new labor agreement through Friday. Stay tuned to WGR Sports Radio 550 for the latest.

The most successful and equitable and profitable sports league in the world on the point of closing for a season after their biggest money making season. Crazy.


3497...Why Is This A Surprise To Anyone?

The NDP are dipping and the Greens are wilting in the polls.

Uh, this newsflash from the Ottawa Citizen is so non news.

Jack Layton is there for the pay cheque and to secure Mrs. Layton's pension.

Liz May wants to be an MP about as much as I want to be an astronaut.


3496...People Are Fleeing Libya

For Tunisia.

This not good, eh?



3495...Step Up To The Buffet Canada

The Vancouver Sun reports that "A new Statistics Canada survey found that between 2007 and 2009, 24.1 per cent of adults in Canada were obese. In that U.S., that number was 34.4 per cent."

Hey, we can win this Canada!

I am doing my bit: I had potato chips and chocolate milk for breakfast.

Hit that buffet and hard. Show America that we can win this important contest.


3494...An Excuse For Drinking


It was Justin Bieber's birthday March 1st.

The most famous Canuck in the world turned 17.


3493...Political Suicide

Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume says that is what the Stephen Harper's are doing by not pitching in money for the new rink in La Capitale.

Not paying for domes and arenas and whatnot is one of the few areas that I believe the Stephen Harper's are doing right on. Nonetheless the mayor of QC hit the nail on the head when he "... said that, should there be an election in the spring, the Tories will pay a hefty political price in the region, where they hold six seats. They hold 11 in the province."

So, no election then?


3492...Another Vietnam

That is what Moammar Gadhafi promised the world, using Mohammed Abbas of Reuters as his conduit.

This comes from a man "...who once said ballot box democracy was for donkeys..." and who claims his people are free.

What is scary is his diminished side controls the weaponry in Libya and this guy has no intention of getting out of Dodge.


3491...Melo In New York

I was a Knicks fan in the 70's coz of Bradley and DeBusschere and Clyde and Willis.

Now with Melo in the Blue and Orange I am back.

Just made Light Skinned Jay's day.


3490...God Hates Fags

The hater that pushes that message, the Reverend Fred Phelps, has been green lighted to continue picketing funerals by the United States Supreme Court.

It is reported widely that "The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that the First Amendment protects anti-gay picketers Westboro Baptist Church from tort liability..."

John Roberts, the Chief Justice not the former Much Music VJ, wrote the majority position:

“The ‘content’ of Westboro’s signs plainly relates to public, rather than private, matters,” Roberts said. “The placards highlighted issues of public import—the political and moral conduct of the United States and its citizens, the fate of the Nation, homosexuality in the military, and scandals involving the Catholic clergy—and Westboro conveyed its views on those issues in a manner designed to reach as broad a public audience as possible. Even if a few of the signs were viewed as containing messages related to a particular individual, that would not change the fact that the dominant theme of Westboro’s demonstration spoke to broader public issues.”

“Because this Nation has chosen to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that public debate is not stifled, Westboro must be shielded from tort liability for its picketing in this case.”

I totally in favour of freedom of speech and, as distasteful as Phelps et. al. are, freedom of speech is there to protect those who do not speak in a reasonable manner.

That said what the WFDS does not understand is why, when the Phelps gang is picketing a military funeral, the people at the funeral don't just beat the living hell out of them.

Seriously, step up to the plate.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

3489...Heroin In Ottawa

A source of mine who works in the street people industry told me over coffee yesterday that nine, 9, nine people died of heroin overdoses in your capital in January and February of this year.



I am told they were all street [non] people and that, combined with the fact that Anglo media in Ottawa is pretty weak on all levels, these deaths have not had any impact outside a small circle of friends.

What makes it even more shocking is they all died a short walk, say 20 minutes, from both Parliament Hill and Chez Stephen Harper at 24 Sussex.

Another source told me in mid February that the area next to Arts Court, 2 Daly, right next to the Rideau Centre includes an alley that the locals call Heroin Alley.

Your capital.


3488...Regina Sask Dome Done

That is what it looks like.

Even Murray Mandryk, a prarie pundit and star in Saskatchewan's two big papers, The Leader Post and The Star-Phoenix, says it is a not done deal.

Like, honestly, what are you people smoking out there? You have two of the sickest cities in North America and y'all think it is a smart idea to build a 400 million dollar stadium that is needed like, max, 8 times a year? [Yes, Virginia, they do have summer in Regina, like for most of the football season it is warm.]


3487...Beer Day

Was yesterday.

In Iceland.

They are celebrating the repeal of Icelandic prohibition on March 1, 1989.

Not a typo.



3486...A Double Double And A Hip Replacement

Tim Horton's isn't just coffee and doughnuts.

At the Royal Columbian, British Columbia's biggest hospital, used Timmy's the other day for triage.

Funny but not really.

On CBC'S The National today Ian Hanomansing told Peter Mansbridge that "Brian Glazer is an emergency room doctor at Royal Columbian. He says the problem is not one exceptional night at the Tim Hortons but rather how routinely at hospitals emergency room patients are shunted into corridors and other public spaces, stripping them of privacy and dignity."

Deal with that Stephen Harper.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

3485...Mr. Peterson Not Dangerous Offender

Unless you are Mrs. Peterson.

CBC/PEI reports that "A man who assaulted his wife eight times over the course of 10 years is not a dangerous offender, a P.E.I. provincial court judge has ruled. Judge John Douglas ruled Monday the Crown did not prove there is a serious likelihood of Kirk Myles Peterson causing death or serious bodily harm. The Crown was asking for the dangerous offender designation, which would allow him to be kept in prison indefinitely. The request was made in connection with the 47-year-old's latest conviction for assaulting his wife, in which he punched her in the face and broke her ankle."

There you go.


3484...A Good Idea From The Dips

Buried on page 4 of the Calgary Herald is a piece about how the New Democrats are serious about changing the Senate.

"Canadians should vote in a special referendum -possibly as soon as the next federal election -on whether to abolish the Senate, says the federal NDP. The proposal is contained in a motion proposed by the party that will be debated Tuesday in the House of Commons."

Changing it real good; like getting away with it.

Cool beans.

"Layton describes the Senate as a collection of unelected political cronies thwarting the will of the House of Commons." Unelected cronies of the Reds and the Blues. No Ed Broadbent in the upper chamber but lotsa guys that played golf with the boss.

Brian Lilley reminds us that "When Harper was in opposition, he promised to never appoint someone to the Senate. He has appointed 36 Tories to the Senate since taking power."


3483...Much Handwringing Over Nothing

In my view the fuss over Nelly Furtado, Lionel Ritchie et. al. performing for the MG family in Libya over the years is just that. A fuss.

They are rock stars, pop stars, whatever, making a living.

Not condoning it but if big oil can do it.