Sunday, May 31, 2009
Sad story from Wichita, Kansas, Scott Roeder allegedly shot abortionist Dr. George Tiller in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church. Well, more to the point, someone shot Dr. Tiller dead and the police arrested Mr. Roeder.
Dr. Tiller was a notorious late term abortionist who was public enemy number one for the anti abortion people but shut the f'k up, two wrongs don't make a right and God was super serious about the Ten Commandments, especially number six.
Killing this dude would be dumb enough but killing him in God's house is extra crazy, no sense of justice. No matter what you think about the doc's chosen job, his murderer is nothing more than a domestic terrorist who is attempting to impose by force a policy that one cannot get in place through democratic means. Dr. Tiller’s killer is no better than any others who attempted to use violence for their extremist ends. Those who truly value life know that murder is the antithesis of the pro-life movement.
In today's Ottawa Citizen they, the Mohawk Warrior component of Akwesasne, are talking about shutting down the border with Canada if the Canadian border guards starting carrying guns, as planned, at midnight tonight.
Except for a couple of things.
First off, the Yankee guards have been carrying since 1789; how come the Mohawk Warriors are not and have not shut down that border? Could it be that the United States government scares the f'k out of them and we, well, don't? If we don't, shouldn't we? You know, Teddy Roosevelt, "Walk softly, but carry a big stick."
Secondly, well, either they are a country, nation, state or not. Geez, isn't time for the Canadian government, that's you Prime Minister Steve, to man up here?
This nation within a nation thing, both for Quebec and Akwesasne is getting a bit tired. And, when you consider Akwesasne is partially inside Quebec, well, now you have a nation inside a nation inside a nation.
Stay tuned, the s't is supposed to hit the fan at midnight tonight.
This week, near the end thereof, in the fluffy part of the paper, there was a story about Wall of Sound and Beatles producer Phil Spector, who has found out the hard way that you cannot shoot and shoot dead an actress, even if she is in your home, even if her only movie of any note sucked and was in 1985.
The victim was 40 year old Lana Clarkson, best known [not known, really] as the star of Roger Corman's 1985 cult film classic "Barbarian Queen".
The 69 year old Mr. Spector will be given 19 years to reflect on his malfeasance in a facility provided by the State of California.
Never heard of him? That's okay, he has never heard of you.
Seriously, he is a Texas boy who ended up in Regina playing for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League and now, his career in, best case scenario, its twilight, is continuing to live in the city that rhymes with fun working for a real estate company and living with his wife and two children in that town's north end.
Here is why you should care.
Men like Matt Dominguez bring a different flavour, the flavour of diversity, to markets like Regina, Saskatchewan. I think it is safe to posit that when growing up in Georgetown, Texas, Mr. Dominguez didn't know who, what or where Saskatchewan was. Now he is an important member of the community. What got him there? Professional football.
Flash to my town, Ottawa. If it wasn't for the Riders [may you rest in piece] we wouldn't have a Lone Star Restaurant, Local Heroes and a number of other things that give the city flavour. Ditto the 67s, Gatineau Olympiques and Senators.
That is why we need the CFL [and NHL, and the OHL and the QMJHL] in Ottawa.
Not at any cost; I subscribe to the Neil deMause's Field of Schemes philosophy, but we need 'em.
Just don't use public money [or as much public money] on the teams, ca va?
As reported by CanWest News Service's Meagan Fitzpatrick in the Regina Leader-Post yesterday the Canadian Convenience Stores Association is none too happy with the new laws on tobacco, laws that their members are expected to enforce.
Dave Bryans, president of the association, made a sound point when he said the government should also ban the possession, consumption and purchasing of tobacco for anyone under the age of majority. As it stands now only Alberta and Nova Scotia proscribe sub 18 year olds from smoking. He goes on to make a great point, to wit: “You don't see teenagers standing outside of high schools in Canada drinking beer, because they are not allowed to. So if we're that serious about teen smoking, and retailers and our association is, then let's just get on with it so we can all move forward and run businesses instead of having one Band-Aid solution after another.”
The way it stands now, the government is hooked on tobacco as much as smokers are, hooked on the drug for the revenues it brings to their coffers.
Things that make you go hmmmmmmm.
Coming to a boob tube near you.
I note that CBC ran this story at first with no reference to the fact that the Canadian Plastics Industry Association paid for it. Duped.
May 31, 2009 12:29 AM
The more newsrooms there are the more likely that they won't be able to get stuff by us.
In a less competitive environment the talent tends to be blander and more in tune with serving the quid pro quo. We have, with no exceptions, a less competitive environment in Canada.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
As John pointed out in his comment, my bad.
Is the link to the WWF's balanced approach to the seal hunt.
Nothing about lambs though.
In an unextensive study reported on http://www.newsmax.com/ Thursday, a study that was theoretically totally independent but paid for by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, two dozen reusable bags were analyzed.
The labs found that 64 percent of the reusable bags harboured some level of bacteria. Yeast or mold was found in 40 percent of the bags, and some bags even had detectable levels of fecal intestinal bacteria. Sounds serious.
“The main risk is food poisoning,” said Dr. Richard Summerbell, research director at Toronto’s Sporometrics, a division of Fly By Night Industries, who were commissioned to evaluate the findings of the study. “But other significant risks include skin infections such as bacterial boils, allergic reactions, triggering of asthma attacks, and ear infections.”
We are all going to die.
No contest in the cuteness department between baby seals and lambs, lambs win hands down, so why doesn't the WWF, PETA et. al. freak out on the farmers of New Zealand?
I will tell you why, because the true target, the hunters, are easy. The hunters of seals are Inuit [non Edmonton Eskimos] and rural Newfoundlanders. Outsiders. Way, way, way outsiders. The men who silence the lambs in New Zealand are involved in the biggest export business the Kiwi's operate. Insiders. Way, way, way insiders.
Take on big agri business and there is a price to be paid. Take on a bunch of dudes trying to make a few, as in few dollars, e=z.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Point one is that they, the USA, are the only major country in the world without a national health care system and that has contributed to the demise of General Motors. According to the only sitting Senator who is neither a Republican or a Democrat, General Motors spends more money on healthcare for retired workers than they do on steel. That doesn't happen in Japan, Korea, etcetera, etcetera.
Point two from Bernie The Red is that the top 1 per cent of American wage earners make more than the bottom 50 per cent combined. President Obama has just raised the tax rate for the uber rich from 36 to 39 per cent; fifty years ago under President Eisenhower, in the greatest period of United States economic history, the top rate was 90 per cent. In fact the top marginal tax rate was 91 per cent until 1963. The alleged trickle down economy doesn't work because they, the ones at the top, don't trickle down. As Bill Maher says, they buy antique commodes. But, if the government has the money, they are more likely to trickle it done.
Food and fact for thought.
As you heard on my CKCU morning show Wednesday, this is a fundraiser for rural families in developing countries and 100% of proceeds go to CHF's Gifts That Matter campaign.
Not only can you get your drink on, you can also get your dance on with local bands Sadie Hell and Dave Snider Sings.
I will be there, look for the red sombrero.
The seal industry is minute compared to the slaughter of lambs and other cute animals that we like to eat and make into gloves.
Why aren't they, the above they, storming the shores of New Zealand to protest the slaughter of the lambs every year, a slaughter that is exponentially higher in numbers [26.4 million lambs were offed in 2008 according to Meat & Wool New Zealand; on its website The Humane Society of the United States says 57,622 seals were killed, no time frame] than the seal harvest?
Just a question.
There seems to be a huge surplus of lobster in Atlantic Canada and the idea being floated is to load up a plane with a few thousand pounds of the little guys and take them on a one way road trip to Kandahar.
Mr. Mazerolle is succinct when he tapped out "...if we as a nation could make Tim Horton's available to our soldiers overseas, then surely a lobster dinner is doable."
"Tory ad uses clip from U.S. network; C-SPAN unhappy permission wasn't sought for material"
is the headline on A4 of the hard copy of the Ottawa Citizen today; in the article Glen McGregor writes that C-SPAN is none too happy that the Tories used a clip from their network in the attack ads against our next Prime Minister, Mikey I.
Paradoxically in the same article, C-SPAN vice president Bruce Collins "said the network never gave the Tories permission to use the clip, but he didn't see any point in pursuing a claim. "There's nothing legal to do with it, Collins said. "Given the way video is used throughout the world, with You Tube, it would be fruitless." Collins says he watched the ad and believes it falls within the fair-use provisions in copyright law because of the short length and subject matter. "It's the highest form of speech ... political speech," he said, adding there would be no economic loss to C-SPAN resulting from the ad."
Kind of like what I am doing here.
Momma tried, momma tried.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
World Famous Dan Shields said...
RE: CFRA and surrendering their lic.Um, doncha think multiple voices are better than no voice? Frankly, agree or not, CFRA is at least out there and, as Lowell has said in the past, it is suprising that some of the underperforming stations, ratings are out today, look to the bottom of the list, don't go talk, hot talk, etc.Also, 540, 630,970, 1440 and 1150 are still signals assigned to this market. If CFRA and CFGO/The Team can make money on AM, one would think that a talker on a flamethrowing signal like the one 540 has would make a few shekels.ZMZ Radio?WFDS
May 28, 2009 12:37 PM
Secondly, finding you on Facebook, tres hard.
Third, Voltaire and that quote:
Not hating, just stating.
Uh, and I am wearing a Stephane Dion hat as I write this, may be CTV was being unfair and may be their ethics were questionable but, so what? To remind you, Steve Murphy, anchor at ATV Halifax, asked-the-man-who-would-have-been-so-much-better-as-Prime-Minister-than-the-guy-we-have-now "If you were prime minister now, what would you have done about the economy and this crisis that Mr. Harper has not done?"
Mr. Dion had a brain pause and then another and then another and it was all on tape and the tape made it to the broadcast waves. End of story.
One would think. But it only takes one complaint to get the CSBC Anti Free Speech Squad to go into action.
Again the CSBC has decided that they are going to decide what is funny, what is satire, what is right in this country.
They are a cancer and anti free speech. You have to decide, do you want to live in a country, and we are perilously close to living there, where all speech is carefully constructed as so not to offend? Or do you want to live in a country with freedom? Free speech is there, or should be there, to defend those that colour outside the lines. And certainly someone who asks a question as benign as the one Mr. Murphy asked should not be chastised. One would think.
Imagine how much broader the discourse in this country would be with more voices, especially on the local levels, like they have in that country below us. Left, right and center. Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Keith Olbermann, Drew Lane, Jay Severin, Sean Hannity, John Stewart, Steven Colbert, Allan Colmes, Mancow Muller and on and on and on. In this country, because of self righteous groups like the CSBC, freedom of expression on air is virtually non existent and none of the above would be able to work the way they do, which is often in an outrageous manner.
Voltaire said "Monsieur l'abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write".
The CSBC takes a different tact.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Denials all around.
Hey, the Red Wings be winning tonight and nothing good is on TV until Jay Leno.
Say "Hi", k?
But, there is a lot of stuff wrong with the States and one of the big things wrong with the US of A is mandatory sentencing. Judges should be given discretion; the law in my view should not be a club to hammer people with. Mandatory sentencing laws, like the ones in respect to marijuana that have passed second reading in the House of Commons, repute said discretion.
Sadly, my party, the Liberal Party of Canada, is going to support said laws because they don't want to seem soft on crime.
Please, explain to me how sending a university freshman to jail for a year for growing [most likely ineptly] a pot plant in his closet makes one a crime fighter?
In fact it is the opposite; if people grow their own then they won't be buying, and supporting financially, from the bigger boys, i.e. Les Hells, who allegedly are involved in major grow operations and have franchised their distribution networks down to the street and bar level dealers.
Time to take a stand Mikey I.
This is insane.
The CRTC should do what the FCC does in America and require stations available over air in a market to actually serve the market that they are licensed to. In addenum they should also not allow out of market stations, i.e. CITY, CHCH, TVO, CTS, SUN TV on cable systems outside their catchment areas.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
TV in Canada is soooooooo broke.
He is a member of the CKCU board who have been working on a website for about two years and he pointed out a couple of times this morning that the website that I put together yesterday in two hours totally sucks and that their website that they have been working on for f'ing ever will be so much better than mine.
I guess I have no choice but to pack it in; I don't want to offer you an inferior product, something stale and dated.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Self important haters of free speech and comedy experts, think of the Bruno Kirby character on Good Morning Vietnam, the CSBC, have determined that Radio-Canada "...was wrong to show a skit that joked about the possible assassination of President Barack Obama and suggested he could be a thief..." in its December 31, 2008 Bye Bye show reports Reuters via Yahoo News yesterday.
Radio Canada received 200 complaints about the program, presumably from viewers who were too shocked to find the remote and do what most people do when they don't like something on TV. Change the f'ing channel.
Freedom of speech is overrated.
I think the reason the time is higher in Ontario is because our government charges more taxes and is less pro business than the Albertan regime. Then again, I have been wrong before, eh?
http://www.q107fm.ca is the link to follow to hear Mr. Mercer being interviewed by Miss McNeil and her co host Terry DiMonte.
Wow, that is like, for me, s i x comments more than I usually get.
As much as I like you reading my blog, and yes, I am talking to YOU, do a modicum of home work before you hate on me. Being Progressive doesn't mean being ignorant. And, since I am certain that you will perceive the word "ignorant" as a pejorative, Princeton University, the alma mater of Brooke Shields, says it means YOU were unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge.
Y'all should may be go to the Globe and Mail and read the article
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebec- sending-in-the-clowns/art icle1145603/
But, to save those of you who are post literate [yes, I am writing about YOU] here is a quick edit:
The best line on that comes from, well, I don't know who it comes from, but, after graduating from Princeton University in 1987, Miss Shields proclaimed that she had made it through her college years intact, to wit, she lived in res' and did not get drunk nor did she lose her virginity. The line was, wait for it: "What a waste of 100,000 dollars."
Apparently Brooke now concurs with that wag.
Tomorrow morning, six to be precise, with my buddy Blake Batson and Annie Machon, a real live British spy, with me the World Famous Dan Shields on 93.1CKCU.
For research purposes I watched Get Smart, the film, earlier this morning.
I will never get those two hours back.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Either way, this post is about SC and me.
I get on average 60 page views a day; not the Globe and Mail or the Ottawa Citizen or even the Orleans Star but, for a fat guy sitting on his couch writing about schtuff, not bad.
Yet I have only one follower.
I am pretty sure he is only doing that out of love.
C'mon, be a follower, I need more love.
Self Center/redness over.
Plus Concillia Muonde who is the public education coordinator at The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa.
And, of course, you.
93.1CKCU, around the world on the web, www.ckcufm.com.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
As for important stuff, such as ordering staff in cotton head centres to feed, clean and care for the golden agers, that will have to wait.
It was interesting to see Bob Probert drop the puck today, he was wearing a Chicago Black Hawks jersey but he also was born and raised in Windsor and played the first half of his career with the Wings, back in the Dead Wings phase of the franchise, so one has to think his allegiance is at least partially split, no matter what sweater he wears.
Ditto Chris Chelios, the 125 year old defenseman with the Wings who grew up in Chicagoland.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Corey Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, late last summer at the Democratic convention, made the point that once a teacher is hired he is never fired and that the reason is because their union is way, way, wayyyyyyyyyy too strong.
This isn't new of course. I cannot speak for you but I had at least as many bad teachers as good ones. I don't recall anyone getting their ass fired. And my high school, St. Pius X in Ottawa, had teachers that molested kids, not fired; teachers who punched kids in the head, not fired; teachers who were drunk, not fired; and on and on and on. According to HBO's Bill Maher, out of 43,000 teachers in Los Angeles last year, 11, e l e v e n, were fired. One would have to think that number would be a bit, and by a bit I mean a lot, low.
One of the beautiful things about being a Canuckistanian is that you have the freedom to leave Our Home And Native Land and work/live elsewhere if it is something that you wanna do.
Start talking about important stuff, PM Steve, like the masses of unemployed and homeless and closing factories and and and leave Mikey I. alone.
He, Mikey I., is the prodigal son and he hath returned, chill out.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Because if there is a problem with your taxes, H and R Block will represent you.
It is all there in the fine print.
Crazy thing is they fired these cops for beating on someone.
Dude didn't even die.
How unCanadian that is.
At least when it comes to weather.
No one complains.
No one complains.
Forty below zero.
No one complains.
But when it gets nice, like today, 29 degrees C/84 F, people just bitch, bitch, bitch.
"It's too hot. I hate this."
Oy frigging vey.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Will it be Adam Lambert or will it be the other guy?
We will know in a matter of hours but what I know right this second is that the American Idol of 2006, Taylor Hicks, will be coming to Ottawa to appear in the road production of GREASE™.
The new Broadway production of the Tony Award nominated musical GREASE™, opens at The National Arts Centre on July 21 – 26, 2009. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, May 25th at 10:00 am and can be obtained by visiting the NAC Box Office at 53 Elgin Street or by calling Ticketmaster at 613-755-1111 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/.
Taylor Hicks, career on fire, platinum record, appeared on Broadway in GREASE™ and now is in Ottawa, where, if he drinks at the Mayflower Pub on Cooper after the show, may get to meet the WFDS.
Good times, good times.
If you have been watching the box, CTV/AChannel have a concerted effort to make cable companies pay to carry them. Which, of course will mean you and I will have to pick up the tab coz, dead or not, Uncle Ted Rogers is going to pass the cost on to me. Ditto Mr. Shaw and Mr. Cogeco.
But, but, buttttttttttttttttttttt, here is what the World Famous Dan Shields doesn't understand. Isn't TV just advertising surrounded by programming? And isn't the more households that have access to your station, your programs and your ads the better?
Doesn't it follow that the cable companies are giving channels like A and CTV the opportunity to reach more households and therefore increase their audience?
Don't hate on me.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Me, and Astro the dog.
Plus American Idol chatter and tic explains how a/he doesn't follow all that mainstream stuff and b/then will bitch about his job, his mortgage, the car, you know, mainstream stuff.
I love him.
Not that way.
See you at six am, 93.1.
What I fail to understand is why the AM has to die; the same thing has happened repeatedly in this market with 540, 630, 970, 1150 and 1440. The more voices the better one would think.
But I suppose it doesn't make the leather tied bureaucrats at the CRTC happy so, c'est la vie.
Monday, May 18, 2009
I realize that if you are addicted to crack, booze, whatever it is a struggle but it does start to wear.
Usta be, back in the day, say, oh, April 2009, one could leave the core, go to the 'burbs of Ottawa-Gatineau and escape the non stop harassment by beggars.
In the last two weeks I have been approached by, for wont of a better word, crack heads in the most suburban of places: the Loblaws at Merivale and Baseline [sir, do you have four loonies; I do like ambition]; by a toothless woman who is also a regular on the Market and Elgin street at the South Keys box store configuration [she just mumbles the words "...money, money, money..." with her hand out; brevity is a nice touch] and; four losers, two couples, one pregnant which is always nice, operating out of an old Toyota at the SuperC in Hull, near the casino [their approach was very interesting; if you refuse, like I did, one of the crack heads's boyfriends, wearing a UNC TarHeels shirt btw, similtaneously threatens you and runs away which is at once perplexing and a relief].
I love living in the cosmopolitan capital that is Ottawa. Love it.
Same thing with A Channel and CTV Ottawa. They are running these ads talking about how important local TV is [it is] and how they are there for the community and so on.
Imagine my surprise when, today, Monday May 18, 2009, I turn on CTV Ottawa for the noon news to keep in touch with my community and so on and see some band I never heard of in concert. For the full newshour. So, it seems, like the aforementioned panhandler, they say one thing but do quite the other.
Guess holidays are not for the community.
The final two shoes are Tuesday night and Wednesday night. Who, who, whom is it going to be?
Will it be the heart throb Kris Allen or the flamboyant rocker Adam Lambert? My money is on Mr. Lambert but America will decide.
More people vote for American Idol than for the American President and this show is now and has been driving popular musical culture for almost a decade. Ruben Studdard, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood come on down!!!
So dat's the deal, tomorrow morning, six bells, 93.1 CKCU.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Mr. Steele says Notre Dame is right to be honoured that Obama is speaking at Sunday's commencement. Then he does a 180 degree turn and says granting Obama an honorary degree is inappropriate because the President is pro abortion while the Roman Catholic Church opposes abortion.
That be crazy.
For starters, President Obama is Pro Choice, not pro abortion. There is a big difference there Chairman Steele. Catholics, and I am one, are not a monolith and many of us, including prominent Catholics like New York's former governor Mario Cuomo and myself, are Pro Choice. Pro Choice does not make one pro abortion; it means one respects the right of a woman to choose.
Mr. Steele also referred to Notre Dame as the nation's largest Catholic university. Uh, no, the South Bend, Indiana school is not even the largest Catholic school in that part of the country. DePaul University, in Chicagoland, is the largest Catholic university. Honest mistake though, Notre Dame has a higher profile, dating back to the days that it was good at football. Which are so over by the way. Charlie Weis, what a schmuck. But that is another story.
Abortion, like a lot of medical procedures, should not be restricted to those who have financial means. When abortion is proscribed it becomes a right of those with privilege and connection; one would have to be naive to think otherwise.
Medical access should not be only for the elites, it should be available for all.
Not just in the United States either; it should be available across the board in Canada also. It is not and that is elitist.
At the Staples Center.
Before game 7 of the Los Angeles Lakers/Houston Rockets game this afternoon.
Don't get too excited, it is not the start of the revolution, it is just when the anthem singer sang the line "...and the rocket's red glare!", it did not go over so well with the Laker faithful.
A chorus of boos greeted that line.
He bookended Saturday's column with two gems.
Mr. Hamilton led off with this bit of economic news: Shoe giant Nike announced Thursday that it will be cutting about five per cent of its workforce -- roughly 1,750 jobs -- worldwide due to the economic downturn. Thankfully, those eight- and nine-year-olds still have time to find new careers.
That kills me.
Then he closed with: The last word this week goes to Samantha Haylock, who had this say to the St. Petersburg Times to describe her disappointment when the Lingerie Football League's Tampa Breeze held tryouts: "They aren't very organized. They didn't ask any questions. It's all about looks." Go figure.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
In what is a visual medium you would think they could find hot people to read the news too, not just on A, on any channel in this town, this Canada. By hot I mean currently hot, not formerly hot, not hot in a certain light but hot, currently hot, like Shay Ryan from 7WXYZ Detroit [who is now on FOX5, New York], ESPN's Erin Andrews, CBS's Katie Couric etc.
I know this is anathema to the politically correct, but being hot, does not mean one is not competent. Cup size is not inverse to IQ.
The national sports channels get it, they are rife with fine looking [men and] women who also are great at reporting le sports.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Case in point the on going front page of the Globe and Mail [today at least] saga of former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney who, apparently, is lying through his teeth and/or lying by omission on the Hill.
Now, I voted for the man, twice, and think that NAFTA was and is a wonderful thing but, hello, pay attention here, doesn't anyone, anyone, remember his nickname?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Personally I cannot imagine any of the Tory MPs doing anything untoward toward anyone, especially people who are less fortunate than they are.
Wait, yes I can.
A rare 5th year varsity athlete, Mr. Paulus hasn't played footie since high school but was in the mix in this year's NFL draft. He was the number one rated QB in the country when he came out of Christian Brother's Academy but chose to follow his heart and the rock to Duke University.
SU, which was pretty much the worst BCS team in college football last year, has a new coach, a homeboy, Doug Marrone and now a high profile transfer who is also a homeboy.
I am not predicting a bowl but 5 wins would be nice.
Mr. Steele subscribes to the to the Will Ferguson theory of Bastards and Boneheads and points out that historically the bastard beats the bonehead.
Trudeau/Clark winner was the bastard.
Chretien/Day winner was the bastard.
Harper/Dion winner was the bastard.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Failing that, it will be me and Doug Hempstead from the Tulip Festival plus, of course, tic in the last half hour.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Best I can figure out the NCAA rules, although one is allowed 4 years of eligibility you get a fifth one if you play a second sport for that year and transfer out.
Deally deal is Mr. Paulus was a two sport star in high school in Central New York and feels that he has a shot at the NFL as a quarterback. So does the NFL apparently, with the Green Bay Packers being especially keen.
Kinda cool, eh?
Play a little QB, pick up a Master's and go to the NFL.
Astro, from Canines With A Cause, will be in the CKCU studios with me tomorrow morning at 6 am to explain what his [or her, I didn't look that closely] organization is about.
Also on will be Astro's translator, Thomas Sandor. Later in the hour I will have Doug Hempstead from the ultra cool Tulip Festival to let you know what cool stuff is going down during the last week of this year's fest. Financial advisor Michael Kirkpatrick will join me at 6 20 with information on how you can get your cardio up for only two dollars.
Check it out, best hour of morning radio on the planet.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
As we all know, businesses are built on new customers and allegiances are built early in life, in middle school.
For sports, in Southern Ontario/GTA, a lot of the young ones are new Canadians, not just by the obvious, age, but by ethnicity. They are developing loyalties for sure but the loyalties are not to the NHL/Leafs but to the Raptors/NBA and the TorontoFC/MSL. The Leafs are becoming less and less reflective of the community and this does not bode well for the NHL.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Just because you say something over and over and over again does not make it true but it does reinforce group think.
Case in point comes from Rod Bryden's interview in Friday's Ottawa Citizen under Don Brennan's byline where the former owner of the Ottawa Senators wraps himself in the flag and repeats the company line which is small market Canadian cities, like Ottawa, cannot make it in a world full of big bad American cities that want to steal our hockey teams and make them our own.
It is Joesph Goebbels big lie theory redux; if you say it enough and with sincerity then it must be true. No one, and I mean no one, in media, either main stream or in the blog sphere has ever questioned the fact that little ol' Ottawa is a small market.
The only fly in the ointment is that we are not a small market. We are not Toronto or New York or Montreal that is for true but out of about 300 markets in North America we are in the top 20 per cent.
Keep in mind sports fans that the NHL is not selling corn flakes or pop or cars, they are selling a specific product, hockey, and when you take that into account Ottawa is safely ensconced in the top 10 per cent of North American markets, as are Edmonton and Calgary.
When Mr. Bryden's Ottawa Senators were spiralling into bankruptcy he kept saying what he said in yesterday's Citizen: I could have sold them to an American market for a lot more money than keeping them here. Yeah, well, no. Seriously, where Mr. Bryden, where? No one ever asked that question. Until now.
The truth of the matter is in the little story right below the piece on Mr. Bryden where our beloved Premier, Dalton McGuinty is quoted in an uncredited piece as saying "I don't know what's up with these guys. I mean, this is a great market [referring to Hamilton and Southern Ontario]...the strongest and most committed fan base on the face of the planet. We would welcome one, two or three more franchises in the province of Ontario." The Premier suggested that the NHL come to grips with the realities of the hockey business, that being it works well in markets that have snow. He is, of course, right.
You could drop a team in Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and somewhere north or east of the CN Tower and do just fine with those clubs. For those of you who have been to the Joe Louis in Detroit, do you think it is a coincidence that the Detroit Red Wings rink is right, right, right on the border with Windsor, Ontario? For those of you not familiar with Detroit's demographics, the metro is a bit over 21 per cent Black, a bit under 4 per cent Hispanic but the city of Detroit is about 90 per cent Black and about no per cent White. Look around next time you are at a hockey game, it is very pink and pale in that house. If the owners of the Wings were merely marketing to their Michigan fans the arena would be above 8 Mile Road; in a lot of respects the Detroit Red Wings are really the Windsor Red Wings.
The concept of a metro in North America having more than one major league team in the same sport should not be anathema, in fact the NHL has two teams in the Los Angeles region and three in the New York City area, spread out over two markets in both locales. You can not tell me or anyone sane that there are more hockey fans in either places than in Toronto. In England's Premier League [soccer] London has five teams, Liverpool and Manchester, a pair each and best I can figure Birmingham will have two in the Premier League next season. It is germane to point out that the combined population of Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham is less than the GTA and Liverpool is smaller than Ottawa-Gatineau. Therefore, the concept of cities spread tens of klicks from each other in the most hockey mad part of the world having individual clubs in the NHL should also not be anathema. It should be an no brainer.
Which may be Gary Bettman's problem.
Meat. Fresh meat.
Problem solved then.
A good judge like Roland Freisler, a sharp guillotine, none of these fancy defense lawyers, especially ones like Michael Edelson [and you know what I mean] y'all would have had tres fun.
By the way, when are you ZeroMeansZero cowards starting an I Love Ruby hate group?
Friday, May 8, 2009
I mean, why wouldja?
You aren't me, you don't know me and a blog is self indulgent enough with out pointing out my likes and dislikes.
Still, I opened the proverbial door soooooooo, at least for today, what I hate is bad, White bad not Black bad, rap. Bad as in yucky, terrible, weak, lame.
What brought this on was I was driving in my 5.0 with the top down trying to find some decent jams on the radio and the seek sucked 89.1CHUO and they were playing rap. Sadly it was not good rap, not the Jay Z, Mike Jones, L'il Wayne [note to music programmers: they sell tons of records coz people like them and people like them coz they are good] raps that are, well, good. No, it was bad, White bad not Black bad, rap.
So I put in my Russell Peter's CD and laughed all the way to the bank.
John Mraz, personal friend of mine, was succinct in the National Post when he wrote that they, and by they he means you ZeroMeansZero mindset people are all about convicting, due process be damned.
Poor Ruby, following in the footsteps of Mayor Lar', Sinclair Stevens, Greg Sobara and on and on. Presumed guilty until proven innocent. That be backwards, eh? Totally.
There has been no establishment of the facts in the case, which the Tory less Ontario Tories are calling slavegate. Heaven forbid there should be a cooling off period where one would wait for a bit of due process, perhaps an investigation, an inquiry or review of the facts. Nah, what's the point, let's just ruin her career of public service coz three of her ex employees don't like her.
Here is why you should be pissed: when they take away Ruby Dhalla's rights they diminish yours.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
What I don't get, among other things is, the BQ. You have been in the Parliament of a foreign-to-you country, Canada, since before I went to university and keeping stamping your feet and saying you are leaving but you don't go.
Iggy is not evil for wanting national education standards and for wanting to insure [ensure? I went to Carleton, and didn't major in spelling or grammar only English] energy sufficency for all from sea to shining sea, not just those from Rimouski to Rouyn.
Time for you to make your move Gilles D. or shut the f up.
Don't get me wrong, I do like Quebec. A lot. SuperC, Simon, Bedo. It is a cultural thing. And it isn't just the fact that they have cheap beer, no speed limits and you can touch strippers. No, it goes deeper than that.
For those who have not read Eric's comment, please look underneath note 100 from WFDS.
Let me congratulate you on your measured response.
Here is what I think, with respect to the maximum.
First off, there is a little thing that makes Canada different from say North Korea or, back in the day, Soviet Russia and the Third Reich, that being the presumption of innocence; the onus is on the state to prove that Mayor Lar' is guilty, not the other way around.
Secondly one of the things that makes us, as Canadians, a strong country and society is the ability to face one's accuser. The pussies that are on ZMZ are afraid for their jobs and their mortgages and their little lives. They are the kind of cowards that in a different time and a different place would allow regimes like Adolph Hitler's, Joesph Stalin's and the disgrace that is North Korea to exist. If they are city employees they are keeping the system going going going by doing their jobs or, if they are goldbricking, they are stealing time from all citizens of this town.
Three, they, the state, seem to be building their case with Terry Kilrea as the foundation. The man couldn't spell 'cat' if you gave him the 'c' and the 't' and, at best, has an elusive relationship with the truth.
Thank you Eric, for both reading my blog and for signing your name.
It is the annual Stand up for mental health show, May 8 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10.00 for the general public and are $5.00 if you admit you’re crazy. If you pay ten you really are crazy.
Be there and look for me in the red sombrero.
I did not vote for him either but he is our mayor, show a little support.
It is said that nature abhors a vacuum yet none of the fearless civic leaders, both elected and pretenders to the various thrones in north eastern Ontario, have stepped up to fill the supposed vacuum that is the mayor's office in Ottawa.
Not that you haven't had opportunity: a bus strike, the light rail/subway issues, an impending health crisis, the stadium kerfuffle all come to mind.
Yet none of you know it alls have stepped up to the proverbial plate.
Meme chose for the many who spend their work day filling ZeroMeansZero with their libelous rants.
What's with that?
Fear factor I suppose, fear factor.
As per usual, I sign my work, not anonymously, not with a cute nick name, but with my name.
Hamilton/Vaughn/Winnipeg/Quebec City/Saskatoon are all bigger markets than Phoenix/Washington/Nashville. Not in gross numbers, no, but Gary ain't selling Coke or Hondas, he is selling hockey and there are 10 times more hockey fans in Vaughn than in Phoenix.
Research, Gar', research.
If I can do it from my laptop on Elgin Street in Ottawa, you can do it too!!!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
In addition, Doug Hempstead updates the Tulip Festival for y'all y'all and Daniel Stringer on the UN Peace thingy at St. Paul University Thursday day.
Plus, in studio, Lindsay call me Liz Ferguson, a singer I am told, for the full 90 minutes.
Hey, c'mon over, I am funnier than CFRA, sportier than The Team 1200 and smarter than CBC One and Two.
Well, I didn't know, but pleasant surprises are pleasant.
The headline in the online version of the Ottawa Citizen says it all:
Harper supports another Canadian NHL franchise
Blackberry Jim Balsillie wants to buy the money pit that is the Phoenix Coyotes [formerly the Jets of Winnipeg] and move them to Southern Ontario. My guess would be either Hamilton, Kitchener or Vaughn, but anyhow, is smart idea.
Of course the NHL is famous for rejecting smart ideas because, well, because they are maroons.
In my opinion the NHL would be well served with another team in the Greater Toronto Area, a club in Kitchener and one in Hamilton. And I am right about this. Ain't gonna happen, but I am right.
Note to all the haters: when His Worship of Ottawa, Larry O'Brien, gets acquitted of the spurious charges leveled against him by that window licker Terry Kilrea it is my prediction, and I am right 57.28 per cent of the time, that Larry O will run for mayor yet again and win by a huge margin.
Tell that to the anonymous posers and posters on ZeroMeansZero.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Cinquo de Mayo is the Mexican National Holiday for Mexicans living in the United States, i.e., it is not a huge day in Mexico, really only big in the state of Puebla [think of St. Jean Baptiste Day; a huge holiday in Quebec, rien in the ROC] but bigger, huger, massiver in Southern California and other environs that have large Mexican populations.
Cut up some lime and have one for me.
Please respect the fact that you may have gained weight this winter and last summer's summer clothes may be more revealing/less flattering than they were when you were 10, 20, 30 pounds/kilos lighter.
Check in the mirror before hitting the street.
I thank you.
Also joining me will be Doug Hempstead from the Tulip Festival and Daniel Springer from the UN Peace Festival that blows through O-town Thursday.
Of course none of them are signing anything with their real names.
These people are the biggest losers extant: at least the people whom they hate on, Mayor Larry, Lowell Green, Steve Madely and so on, have the integrity to sign their names to their work.
Embarrassments to the human race they are, embarrassments.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Daniel Stringer from the Interreligious Council at the UN is going to be with me at about 6 20 and then Doug Hempstead from the Tulip Festival will join me at 6 40.
Plus for the full hour Joel Lemieux from http://www.ottawabroker.com/ to explain the ins and outs of Life and the insurance thereof.
It is important, eh?
In Ottawa that means we have one country station, one all news station, one sports station etc. Our sports station is The Team 1200 and it is sooooooo random.
Please bear in mind this is really a one sport town and that sport is hockey, National Hockey League hockey. Everything else pales in comparison.
Here is what is cool about The Team 1200. Saturday afternoon they had the Washington/Pittsburgh NHL playoff game on and allowed the full feed, with Pittsburgh local adverts and id's and everything. It felt so local on two levels, an Ottawa level and a Western Pa. level.
Here is what is random.
Sunday when the Detroit Red Wings were playing Anaheim Ducks The Team 1200 ran...no hockey, no local feed from Detroit or Anaheim, no cut ins just a talk show from either ESPN or FoxSports where they were talking about college and NFL football. One, and I am one, would think at the very least you could find some Eastern Ontario or Western Quebec motormouth who would talk about hockey for like 12 dollars an hour but noooooooooo they just run a feed from the States talking about stuff that, well, I am interested in but most in Ottawa are not.
Not hating, just stating and wondering, that's all.