Monday, February 28, 2011

3482...Food Food Everywhere

But not a crumb to eat.

Cut and paste from Orlando, Florida's 13News:


A man was found dead in his van just a few feet away from the entrance to a Walmart, and police said he may have been there for days.

Shoppers said they noticed Luis Ramirez living in his van in the South Semoran Boulevard shopping plaza for several weeks.

The 70-year-old was found slumped over his steering wheel about noon Sunday.

For the crowd that gathered and the few that had seen him before, it was tough to watch. Many were afraid they had watched him slowly starve to death.

"I see him ducking down and he's got his like clothes hung up inside the van he should go to a shelter or hospital or something," said shopper Lamont Bagley.

A medical examiner determined Ramirez died of natural causes. Ramirez had been dead for 24 to 48 hours before his body was found.

Let me break it down for you.

The dude starved to death outside a Wal Mart which, of course, is full of food.

That is the Canada that Stephen Harper wants to bring to you.



That is Michael Ignatieff.

It was reported by Lawrence Martin yesterday that when he is the boss of bosses he will introduce a People's Question Period. It sounds very USSR but it will be a question period, once a week, that will include questions from the hoi polloi.

In addition Mr. Ignatieff is open to on-line voting.

To summarize, Mikey I thinks that the government should be for the people and by the people.

I think I have heard that somewhere before.


Next PM of The Great White North.

Cannot happen soon enough.


3480...They Don't Travel Well

Florida, Mexico and now Germany.

The Berliner Morgenpost, a German rag, tells all that an unnamed 30 year old Quebecian was busted Staruday in Berlin for doing a Nazi salute in front of Germany's parliament.

[Is it still the Reichstag?]


3479...This Is Your Canada

Every newspaper in the world is headlining last night's Oscars.

Every newspaper but one.

The most visible paper in downtown Ottawa, your capital, The Ottawa Sun, fills its front page today with the visage of one of the stars of the Ottawa Senators who has signed for three more years.

This is your Canada.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

3478...Two Down, One To Go

The category is "Great Centerfielders In New York City During The 1950's"

The second one down is Duke Snider.

Number 4, primarily with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Mr. Snider, part of the Mantle-Mays-Snider triumfarate of the 50's, passed away Sunday at the age of 84.

If, like myself, you were a Montreal Expos fan you may recall his work with Dave Van Horne for the better part of two decades on their radio and TV broadcasts.

He really led a charmed life and will be missed.



3477...When In Arkansas Don't Eat The Chicken

At least if 58 year old Jerry Patterson of North Little Rock is in the house.

KARK4TV tells us that a very drunk Mr. Patterson went into a Kroger's and pissed on 500.00$ worth of fresh chicken and then ate a big ham.

This is against the law and the po po arrested Mr. Patterson's drunken ass and charged him with a bunch of stuff.


3476...Expensing Porn In The House Of Commons

Not our House of Commons, theirs.

They are the Brits and the member that did so was former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, a Labourite who was in the House of Commons from '97 to '10. Ms. Smith had the brilliant ideer of expensing a couple of porns her husband watched.

Amazingly that did not go over well.

Now our hero is doing some investigative work for BBC 5 and in a programme broadcast Thursday last she advocates that the porn industry fund sex education in public schools.

Not such a bad idea when you think of it, eh?

Kind of like a tax on wanking.


3475...A Despot Ignored Is A Despot Who Is Pissed

Good old what's his name, the dude running North Korea into the Dark Ages, is some not happy that the other despots on the third rock are getting all the pub.

So what is he to do?

Well the Associated Press reports that North Korea has threatened to expand its nuclear capablity and attack both South Korea [no more cheap VCRs and TVs] and the United States [no more good TV].

What's his name must be stopped.

Or put on TMZ.

Whichever works.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

3474...The Ultimate Job

So I was reading the Regina Leader Post and I came across this story that Craig Slater wrote in that esteemed rag's Saturday edition:

How would you like to spend six months in the heart of New York City lying on the couch and watching baseball from sun up to sun down?

You'll be surrounded by televisions that will broadcast every Major League Baseball contest this season. Your accommodations will be taken care of; you'll be a media darling at various MLB functions; and you'll talk baseball with fans from around the world.

Sound too good to be true? Well, it isn't.

Major League Baseball is conducting a casting call for the ultimate baseball fan's dream job. The winner of this contest will move to NYC and star in something similar to a reality TV series that will air on

The lucky recipient of the "job" will watch every regular-season and post-season game and be required to share opinions on players, teams and daily events from the comfort of MLB-selected accommodations.

There is a catch: You must be literate, and the thoughts and opinions you're required to share via Twitter or other social-media outlet must be somewhat intelligent.

The lucky recipient will possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the entire league, have an engaging personality, a sense of humour, and a unique writing style, among other obvious employable traits.

Those interested in applying can go to for more info. (But don't waste your time because the job is all mine!)

Knock it out of the park.


3473...Why Would We Consider Changing Course?

That is the theme of the new ads being run by the Tories.

They are truly impressive.

The only thing that they leave out is the fact that Paul Martin is the guy who righted our boat when it was in perillous waters.

If Canucks give this guy a full blown majority Canada, well, OMG, OMFG.


3472...Gas Prices Should Be Down, No?

Coz, like, our dollar, our Canuckistanian dollar, is even with the Yanks, right?

And a year ago, not even.

So, one would think that the gap between the price of gas in Detroit and the price of gas in Windsor would be closer.


3471...End Of The World

The litter locker.


Friday, February 25, 2011

3470...Beer Is Not Food


The Daily Telegraph reports that beer is going " be legally classified as an alcoholic drink in Russia for the first time as the Kremlin forges ahead with the toughest anti-alcohol measures since the fall of the Soviet Union."

Russians drink 32 pints of pure alcohol a year, that is double what the World Health Organization recommends and has made alcoholism, to quote President Dmitry Medvedev, "a national disaster."

The bill will ban the sale of beer in schools. Schools. Apparently Russians, who favour hard liqour, think of beer as a soft drink. According the the story I am sourcing "It is not uncommon to see men drinking a can on the way to work or teenagers drinking beer at lunchtime..."


3469...Weird Headline

Ottawa Citizen, A6:

World steps up pressure on Gadhafi; U.S. wants Libya removed from UN Human Rights Council‏

Libya is on the Human Rights Council at the UN?

Is joke, no?


3468...Could He Be Sarah Palin's Vice President?

She is going to need someone to balance the ticket.

Cut and paste from Slate this morning:

Charlie Sheen is giving Mel Gibson a run for his money in the department of crazy. CBS has shut down the star's show, Two and a Half Men, after Sheen told Alex Jones' Infowars show that he wanted to brawl with Two and a Half creator Chuck Lorre in an octagon. "I violently hate Chaim Levine [Chuck Lorre]," he said on Thursday, calling from the Bahamas. "He's a stupid, stupid little man and a pussy punk that I'd never want to be like. That's me being polite," reports TMZ. Those comments were polite compared with his reaction after CBS and Warner Bros. axed his show for the remainder of the season. In a missive to fans, Sheen called Lorre a "contaminated little maggot," adding, "I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon." Sheen's antics haven't entirely killed his career yet, it seems. The same day, he told Radar via text message that he's poised to complete negotiations for a HBO show called Sheen's Corner. Sheen would be paid $5 million an episode for the program where he would invite guests (to his octagon?) to "focus on the truth and the absurd!"

Palin/Sheen 2012.


3467...Only Fifty Per Cent

According to CFRA only fifty per cent of Canadians are even aware of the Bev Oda affair.

Inside baseball.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

3466...Sarah Palin Update

It is widely reported that America's sweetheart and first woman President Sarah Palin is planning a trip to India.

She is quoted as saying that she is making the trip becuz she is concerned about the plight of Native Americans. Plus she is a big fan of the movie Hoosiers.

Tina Fey was not available for comment.


3465...Happy 90th Birthday

Wait, aren't you dead?

Abe Vigoda, who People magazine reported dead in 1982, turns 90 today.

"Tell Michael it was only business, I always liked him."


3464...Girls In Milwaukee Must Be Some Ugly

Jeff Blair writes in today's Globe and Mail that "...for NBA players, Toronto has become Milwaukee with hotter, exotic women..."


3463...F@ck U Libya

Gas has jumped 6 cents a litre.


Way to go Moomarr.


3462...Things Not To Do In New Jersey


Steal 180 dollars worth of deodorant.

Get caught stealing the above.

The Jersey Journal tells the sad yet stupid tale of the Kearny deodorant robber, a 43 year old fresh smelling lad from Newark, Eric Warren. This man was pinched in January of '10 at a Rite-Aid on Kearney Avenue in the New Jersey Devils' hometown, caught in the act he was, the act of shoving 180.00$ worth of deodorant down his pants.

He has been committing theft-related crimes since 1988, officials said.

It was his 75th arrest.

For theft or theftish crimes.

He got fifteen years.

By the way, in my view, Mr. Warren is not good at thiefing.


3461...Barney Gumble Is A Happy Man

That Duff stuff is okay but a man needs a man's beer sometime.

The Daily Mirror, a pet pooh catcher from England, tells of a beer, Sink The Bismarck is its name, that comes in at 41 per cent alcohol. The brewers, James Watt and Martin Dickie, are in a mini-brewery in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire called Brewdog.

Is the beer good?

In a word, no.

The best review I read in Paul Routledge's piece on Sink The Bismarck was that it tasted like cough medicine.

Still, 'tis 41 per cent.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

3460...A New Mayor For Oprah

It is widely reported that the home of the Stanley Cup Champions, Chicago, has a new mayor.

He is President Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

Mr. Emanuel was elected new mayor of Chicago with 107% of the vote.

After all it is Chicago.


3459...Somebody'sGettingGrounded4 The Weekend

Oh, more likely, hung from a crane on national TV.

The somebody the WFDS is referring to is Aisha Gaddafi.

You got it, she is the daughter of Moammar Gaddafi.

What has got her in a heap of trouble, and even though I am sourcing Al Jazeera is the fact that she tried to defect to Malta, which apparently is to Libya as Florida is to Quebecois, the promised land.

The Maltan guv said "No way, Jose" and sent Ms. Gaddafi back home to the loving arms of her father in Tripoli.


3458...Ottawa Is Not The Nicest City In The World

Heck, it is not even the nicest city in Ontario.

Or Eastern Ontario.

But it shure beats Tripoli.

"Abdulrahman Abututa, the newly arrived Libyan ambassador, is on 'sick leave' and has been out of the country for several weeks, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said Tuesday. Sources have told the [Toronto] Star that Abututa has been in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, since about the last week of December because he did not like his posting in Canada and was trying to get out of it."

Ha, ha.

At least he will have a great story to tell Hitler, Nixon and Vlad the Impaler in Hell.


3457...Well, Stupid, Now You Know

Stupid in this case is Vic Toews, Stephen Harper's Heinrich Müller, who says the reason Newfoundland and Labrador don't have a new jail is coz they elected Liberal MPs who never brought it to his attention.

In a front page story in the St. John's Telegram Mr. Toews "...reiterated the federal government will not help pay for a new prison, but he said it's the fault of Liberal MPs from Newfoundland and Labrador."

This of course is a big pile of bullsh*t, Mr. Law and Order.

You guys just don't like the fact that Newfoundland elected zero Tories as in none and you are making them pay.

"St. John's South-Mount Pearl MP Siobhan Coady said Toews was just playing politics. 'Mr. Toews is very well aware of the request by this province. He knows all about this issue and still refuses to act,' she said. 'Then to turn this into kind of a political football instead of providing solutions to a serious problem, I think it's pretty disrespectful.'"

Typical self interested hater he is. Typical Stephen Harper.


3456...More Food For Thought Re: Wisconsin

Wisconsin could and may be Ontario/Nova Scotia/B.C.

Governments are great and necessary but boy oh boy do they waste money.

An example thereof would be something that Lowell Green talked about a couple of weeks ago on his 580CFRA talk show. He said, and I know he often has a Rush Limbaughesque on the truth, that the government spends 100,000 a year per homeless person in Ottawa. Even if you cut bullsh*t by half that is 50K a year. Surely that number could be lowered through some creativity, say by doubling what assistance pays.

It is a time for a rethink, not just in Wisconsin.


3455...Speaking Of Revolutions

Wisconsin, as you are aware, is the first state to revolt against tactics to cut worker's wages, raise sales taxes etc.

Perhaps, as this cut and paste shows, if the state of was more prudent with its spending they would not be in the mess they are in.

Only 39 Percent of Wisconsin Public-School Eighth Graders Proficient in Math, Says Department of Education
( - Only 39 percent of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools are proficient or better in mathematics, according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest. Math test scores of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders have remained almost flat since 1996 while inflation adjusted per-pupil spending has significantly increased.

Food for thought.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

3454...No More Finger Lickin'

KFC ain't "Finger Lickin' Good" anymore.

It is now "So Good".

So says yesterdays Ottawa Sun.


3453...Tories Build A Stadium

Well, may be. And this time, unlike Quebec City and Regina it may make sense.

The Cape Breton Post reports that "The idea of a stadium in Halifax has a backer in Defence Minister Peter MacKay."

The beauty of this multi purpose stadium is that it will come in for between 30 and 60 large as opposed to the 400 million plus Quebec City and Regina want for their barns.

A stadium like the one proposed is a must for Halifax if it wants things like the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. It would also be a nice venue for the St. Mary's Huskies and the odd CFL game ala Moncton.


3452...Milo Raonic Meet Ben Johnson

New Canuckistanian hero from the GTA meet olden days Canuckistanian hero from the GTA.

The other thing that the two heros have in common is that they were both born abroad. Mr. Johnson in Jamacia and Mr. Raonic in the former Yugoslavia.

Mr. Johnson was hailed as a great Canadian hero etc. when he won the 100 metres at the Seoul Olympics. Then he became Jamaican.

Mr. Raonic, a tennis star, is the flavour of the day but if he f*cks up he will be a Yugo before you can say his name.

Love this country.


3451...It Is Kind Of A Revolution

First Wisconsin now Indiana.

The Indy Star reports that Democratic legislators in the Hoosier state have fled the state in the same style as Cheesehead legislators have so as to not give the governors of their respective states a quorum to pass their anti-worker laws.



3450...Was Max Keeping In Hiding Too?

Max Keeping is the erstwile anchor on CTV Ottawa, the biggest personality in English Ottawa.


The reason I am bringing this up is something I read in the Globe and Mail over my coffee at Second Cup on Merivale Road, right down the road from Mr. Keeping's former office. Cribbing from, the Globe reports that an anchor on a prime time news show in Romania was also a fugitive.

The man was a TV star under the name Viorel Andrei. In a previous life his name was Viorel Plescan and in 2001 he ended his career as a felonious con man by disappearing. Then hiding in plain sight.

A minor traffic accident was his undoing.


3449...Communism Is Never The Answer

So sayeth rich person Hank Steinbrenner, the man who runs the New York Yankees. Well, co runs it.

For those of you who follow sport you probably know that the most successful and profitable league in the world is the National Football League. The champion of the NFL is the Green Bay Packers who represent a market of about 600 000, the smallest in the majors. By the way, according to my source, Al Streit of the baseball almanac, using numbers from a decade ago, the three next smallest markets are Calgary, Edmonton and your capital.

The big reason that the NFL survives and thrives in Green Bay is because they share, like communists do. Mr. Steinbrenner, not such a fan: "'At some point, if you don't want to worry about teams in minor markets, don't put teams in minor markets, or don't leave teams in minor markets if they're truly minor,' Steinbrenner said. 'Socialism, communism, whatever you want to call it, is never the answer.'"

Um, yeah, apparently, at least for the most successful league in the world, being a commie works. But, hey, you are a bully soooooo.


3448...Vodka Saves Lives

I love the Aussies and I love the BBC.

Total cut and paste:

Doctors save man with vodka drip

Australian doctors have kept an Italian tourist alive by feeding him vodka through a drip for three days, medical staff in Queensland say.

The 24-year-old man, who had swallowed a poison in an apparent suicide attempt, was treated while in a coma.

Doctors set up the drip after running out of medicinal alcohol, used as an antidote to the poison.

Medical staff said the patient had made a full recovery, and the hangover had worn off by the time he woke up.

He had been taken to hospital in the northern Queensland town of Mackay after swallowing ethylene glycol - a poison contained in anti-freeze.

"The patient was drip-fed about three standard drinks an hour for three days in the intensive care unit," Dr Todd Fraser said in a statement.

"Fortunately for him he was in a medically induced coma for a good portion of that. By the time he woke up I think his hangover would have well and truly gone."

He spent 20 days in hospital before being discharged.

Beats vitamins.


3447...Apparently He Was Cheating

They don't fool around when it comes to bowling in Georgia.

The Atlanta Constitution-Journal tells all that a 31-year-old man was shot dead Monday night in the parking lot of a Chamblee bowling alley.

"The alleged shooter fled into Atlanta but later turned himself in to authorities, Chamblee Police Chief Marc Johnson said. The 36-year-old suspect, still being questioned as of 10:15 p.m. Monday, told police he was acting in self-defense. The victim was shot 'multiple times,' Johnson said."


3446...Ferget About Libya And Eygpt

We have bigger fish to fry right here in North America.

The Portland Tribune tells the world that former figure skater/hit woman Tonya Harding is happily married and pregnant. Very. Due anyday now.

In the understatement of understatement Ms. Harding in 2008 told People magazine that "I'm a little bit redneck..."

In other news People reports that water is wet, the sky is blue and grass is green.


3445...Melo To The Knicks

It so looked like the Brooklyn native and the man who led Syracuse [New York] to its only national title in hoops was going to be a New Jersey cum Brooklyn Net.

Twas not to be.

Instead the home our boy is going to will be in Manhattan. Now we will see if he and Amare Stoudemire can bring the New York Knickerbockers a ring.


Monday, February 21, 2011

3444...It Is 1919 All Over Again

A world wide revolution.

Example therof: In an act of intercontinental solidarity, an Egyptian has ordered a pizza for Wisconsin protesters, reports Politico. The call from Africa is just one of many streaming into the Madison, Wisconsin pizza parlor, Ian's, from all over the world. So far, people from 12 countries and 38 states have rung up looking to help get free pizza to the Wisconsin protesters clustered in the Capitol. On Saturday, Ian's distributed more than 1,000 free slices and sent 300 pizzas to the Capitol. The trend continued on Sunday, as staff member fielded calls from as far away as Turkey, Korea, Finland, China, and Australia. The trend began when a mother of a University of Wisconsin student called in offering to donate $200 to feed the people occupying the Capitol. The pizza chain's postings on Twitter and Facebook soon led to so many donations that they had to shut down on Saturday night.

Ian's: (608) 257-9248. Tell them where you heard about it.


3443...It Was Bound To Happen

Tech Crunch reports that a young man in Egypt decided to name his first born daughter Facebook to commemorate the way the social networking site helped protesters get organized to topple Hosni Mubarak.

Tech Crunch was citing a story in Al-Ahram.

Alexia Tsotsis writes that while the girl could have been called YouTube or Twitter or Google, "It seems like Facebook has become the umbrella symbol for how social media can spread the message of freedom."


3442...Talking About Hair And Hair Colouring

Mound of Sound had a timely reply five minutes ago to my piece on black haired despots:

The Mound of Sound said...

Well Dan, since you asked. I heard this point discussed recently, I believe on Al Jazeera. It seems hair dye is de rigeur for tyrants of all stripes, Joe Stalin a notable exception. And it's not just Arabs either. Think Berlusconi. Think Reagan. Think Kim Jung Il. Think Mao and Ferdinand Marcos. It seems when a despot goes grey, he's pretty much on his way out the door. There, hope that helps.
February 21, 2011 10:24 PM

One could ad the moustache brothers, Adolph Hitler and Robert Mugabe to the list. Mr. Mugabe turns 87 today or the day after today, depending on where you at, and his hair is as black as it was when he was elected over two decades ago.

The current exception to the rule is Cuba's Fidel Castro.

Perhaps there is something in the hair dye that drives them crayzee?


3441...Defining Canada


Most countries dream of sending astronauts to the moon. And then there's us. reports that "A group of Canadian space buffs wants to make a hockey puck boldly go where no hockey puck has gone before: the surface of the moon. The Vancouver group is one of 29 teams from 17 countries competing in the latest race to the moon: the Google Lunar X Prize, an effort funded by the web giant to encourage commercial space development. Teams on four continents are trying to land a spacecraft on the lunar surface before the end of 2015 in order to win a chunk of the $30 million US in prize money."

The US sends Neil Armstrong, Russia sends Yuri Gagarin and we send a frozen chunk of rubber.


3440...Cancel Vacation Plans

No spring break in Libya.

That is what the Stephen Harpers are telling us.

My view is if your travel agent is setting you up with a vac in Libya, it is time to get a new travel agent.


3439...What Is With The Black Hair?

Ali from Tunisia, Mubarak from Eygpt, Gaddafi from Libya.

What is with the tyrants with black hair?


Even Grecian Formula tells you to leave a little grey around the temples.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

3438...Maury ! ! !

I love Maury, that is Maury Povich for those of you out of the loop. And, seriously, he has been on national TV for three decades so how could you not know him?

Anyhow, I find his show to be a great pick-me-up when I am having a bad day coz I know that I am not the father.

Of course it isn't all paternity tests, no, there are other deviants on too. Take 27 year old April Davis. Please. WTOL-11, Toledo, tells the tale of Miss Davis who flew with her 58 year old boyfriend to Conn to be on Maury's show about young women dating older men.

That was great news for the unnamed bf: an all expenses paid trip to NYC to be on Maury, a little hotel, a little dinner, five bills to spend. The great news went bad a soon as the mis matched couple got back to Ohio. She dumped his sorry ass. Her man was soooooo pissed at her that he helped get her skank ass busted for violating her drug trafficking parole by traveling out of state. He did so by calling her probation officer and ratting her out. He even gave the officer a copy of her airline ticket and a copy of the show.

Miss Davis got 30 days inside and an extra six months probation.

Hell hath no fury...


3437...McDonald's Comes Thru Again

Down under but I am sure it will be coming to the northern colonies sooner rather than later.

It is the new McDonald's Favourites Menu and it is making nutritionists in the Land of Oz all moist and/or hard. tells us that it breaks down like this:

Big Mac: 493 calories, 26.9g fat
Cheeseburger: 285 calories, 12.5g fat
Med. French fries: 368 calories, 19.8g fat
Med. Coca-Cola: 148 calories, no fat
Reg. chocolate sundae: 329 calories, 9.3g fat

TOTAL: 1623 calories, 68.5g fat

It is a time saving meal too. Lemme explain. The average adult needs 2,000 calories a day; this meal has 1,623 calories there for you just need to have 367 cals and you have hit your calorie cap.


3436...Happy Birthday Kimberley Davies

When toasting the 38th birthday of The Neighbours trollop don't worry about killing da brain cells.

Jean Carper in England's Daily Mail writes that booze may not bite a chunk off yer brain.

"A daily cocktail or glass of wine may help delay dementia. Research has found that alcohol is an anti-inflammatory (inflammation promotes Alzheimer's) and raises good HDL cholesterol, which helps ward off dementia. Recent work at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Centre in North Carolina found that older people who had eight to 14 alcoholic drinks a week had a 37 per cent lower risk of dementia than non-drinkers."

Is it just me or do we both find it unusual that a Baptist centre of learning is studying booze?

The problem for many of us is the fact that the booze blade cuts another way "... adults who go on occasional binges face a higher risk. A Finnish study showed that adults who binged in midlife at least once a month - drinking, for example, more than five bottles of beer or a bottle of wine at one sitting - were three times more likely to develop dementia, including Alzheimer's, 25 years later."

I'm still going to toast Kimberley Davies.


3435...Check Your Mailbox

You could be one of the 1,900 plus guests who are going to be at Will and Kate's wake.

The lady on the quarter, Queen Liz the Two, fired out invites Wednesday and Thrusday last.

Check your mailbox.


3434...Tough News For Green Party


Error, error.

I meant to say Toughguy News...Toughguy refers to Georges Laraque, former NHL enforcer come unterfuhrer of the Green Party. He was with his leader, Kathyrn May, in Morntreal this weekend for the first general meeting of the party's newly formed wing in La Belle.

Michelle Lalonde of Postmedia News reports that Miz May said that "...Quebec members have opted for a 'distinct association'."

Mr. Laraque was in tow "...because of his determination to use his celebrity status to appeal to young people..."

The guy is a star, truly, and the more people he engages in the political process the better it is for all.


Saturday, February 19, 2011



Donald Trump told WABC, New York's "...Imus in the Morning that he is, indeed considering a run from President in 2012."

"I may do it...I'm taking it very seriously..."



3432...Jack Layton: Sell-out

This is why the Dippers dip.

His helping our beloved Prime Minister Stephen Harper may have bought him a few more months but, as Ray Heard wrote on my Facebook Newsfeed, the NDP has no principles.

"They demonize Steve [sic], then do a deal with him. Why? Because Olivia Chow qualifies for her pension in 2012 and Jack wants to postpone a vote until she has it."

The NDP: It's all about me.

Reference Gilles Brisson.

For example.


Friday, February 18, 2011

3431...Dateline NBC Tonite

Has assh@le of all time Kernel Russ Williams.


3430...Uncle Leo R. I. P.

88 year old Len Lesser, Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, has died in Cali.

He is the second Seinfeld regular to die.

The first, of course, was Michael Richard's career.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

3429...Paging Lionel Hutz

One of your proteges is in Ohio Mr. Hutz.

Cut and paste from Cleveland Scene and Heard:

Drunk Guy Shows Up at Jail Impersonating a Lawyer
Posted by Vince Grzegorek on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 1:45 PM

It is not advisable to show up at a jail impersonating a lawyer, no matter how desperate you are to talk to an inmate. However, if you are going to bravely march into the den of law enforcement as someone else, it's best to have your faculties about you and to avoid anything that might draw suspicion to your fake identity.

For instance, don't attempt the feat while drunk. Might make things harder on you, especially since the cops will undoubtedly notice that you're bathed in Ode de Booze. Troy Geer of Medina did not get the memo.

Cops say the stinkin' drunk 30-year-old arrived at the Summit County Jail asking to speak with an inmate. When the guards asked for ID, Geer handed over a business card of some random attorney. Whoops. Fox 8 says they noticed he was intoxicated and quickly took him into custody for disorderly conduct and obstructing official business.

No word on if Geer became cellmates with the inmate he wished to speak to.

Lionel Hutz, please.


3428...We're Number One!

We are Roman Catholics and according to something I read in today's Salt Lake City Tribune, we are the number one religion in the United States.

"The Catholic Church, which increased by 0.57 percent, remains the largest denomination by far, with 68,503,456 members."

And we gotta be number one in The Great White North aussi.


3427...Senator Keon Attacks Tory Leader Hudak

It is in the Ottawa Citizen, yeah, I broke down and bought one.

Anyhow retired Tory Senator Wilbert Keon was pissed when he heard that Ontario Tory leader Tim Hudak is against the Local Health Integration Network system in Ontariario.

Mr. Hudak said that the LHIN's are "...a waste of taxpayer money that should be going to front-line care..." When elected, like, as if, anyhow, when elected Mr. Hudak is going to eliminate the LHIN's which will mean, among other things, Alex Munter will be out of a job.

Senator Keon said that that idea " [one] that doesn't make sense to me at all..."

Speaking of self interest, guess who got a new job last week? Yeah, you guessed it. Senator Keon is the newly minted chairman of the Champlain LHIN board of directors. He started last week.

It saddens me frankly to see two Conservatives squabble. Methinks Senator Keon should show Mr. Hudak some of the shortcuts he uses to get around town. Perhaps they could split on a ho and talk the issue out.


3426...Now They Are Really Going To Hell

Actually, no, not Hell, Outer Darkness.

That is the Mormon version of Hell. There are only a handful of people there: Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Ted Bundy but soon enough Trey Parker and Matt Stone will be joining the pack.

The nail in their coffin? Their upcoming Broadway show, The Book of Mormon.

Christopher Beam from Slate tells us that "What followed is unlikely to please the Mormon church. The musical, written by Parker and Stone with Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, tells the story of two young missionaries dispatched to Uganda to spread the gospel of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion. Part coming-of-age story, part buddy comedy, the show mocks Mormons' clean-cut earnestness as well as the specific tenets of their faith--that Native Americans were actually Israelites who left Jerusalem for America in 600 B.C., that Jesus appeared to them after his resurrection, and that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from golden plates he found in the ground with the help of an angel named Moroni."

How is this all going over at World Headquarters in Salt Lake City? Uh, not the way one would think. Remember how pissed the Muslims got at that Danish dude for drawing a cartoon? And at that Rushdie fellow for that boring book? Don't get me started on the Christians. Mormons don't play that way. "The production may attempt to entertain audiences for an evening, but the Book of Mormon as a volume of scripture will change people's lives forever by bringing them closer to Christ."

F*cking brilliant they are, f*cking brilliant.


3425...Mmmmmmm Munchos!

Is there anything better than a big bag of Munchos Extra Crunchy Chips?

Yes there is!

It's the All-New Munchos Extra Crunchy Chips with a Chunk Of Wood!

That is what Bill McElree of Sudbury found in his Munchos Extra Crunchy Chips last week in Canada's picture city, Sudbury.

When Mr. McElree informed the Muncho's people about the wooden surprise in his bag of they sent him a voucher for a free bag. Sheri Morgan, the PR weasel for Pepsico Foods told QMI that sh*t like this is rare and then shut the f*ck up.

Serioulsly bad enough that buddy has to live in Sudbury; now this!



3424...The Dominican Republic Citizen

It usta be called the Ottawa Citizen but is this era of farming out local jobs to third world countries it may as well be called the Dominican Republic Citizen.

What brings on this rant is the fact that my paper did not show up at work sooooooo I called circulation at the Ottawa Citizen and got a nice man in the DR.

This is the same paper that talks about how it is local, local, local.

I could be wrong but I believe there are people in Ottawa and Gatineau who are capable of answering the phone. In an area that has pretty high, I would say it is effectively twenty per cent, unemployment, one would think that the oldest media outlet in town would be trying to circulate the dollars it takes out of the community back into the community. One would be wrong.

This is sad.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

3423...Bev Oda

When Stockwell Day and the boys talk about criminals that go undetected for years, fly under the radar, are, are, are, well, you know, isn't he talking about Bev Oda?


3422...Hating On The Biebs

From Macleans via R. Barth/S. Feschuk:

From the Dept. of That Interview Went Well:

“I really don’t believe in abortion,” Bieber tells Rolling Stone. “It’s like killing a baby?” (The question mark was put there by the magazine, so I guess we can assume his voice went up at the end like this? Or maybe he was asking for clarification.)

Okay, how about abortion in cases of rape? “Um. Well, I think that’s really sad, but everything happens for a reason.”

(I’m no Col. Tom Parker, but I sure hope that’s not the chorus to Bieber’s next single: Well you got raped and impregnated/It sure is a bummer but must have been fated… Love your rape baaaaaby!)

In geopolitical news, Bieber has thoughts about junk and stuff: “I’m not sure about the [political] parties,” he says. “But whatever they have in Korea, that’s bad.” (I say it’s two weeks tops before Kim Jong-il drops his reply and THIS RAP WAR IS ON. The East coast v. West coast rivalry is going to be nothing compared to Eastern hemisphere v. Western hemisphere. Drake is already working on mad rhymes for Mongolia.)

But just when you think that maybe this interview was a mistake, the kid rallies with his answer to a question from a fan: “If you could fly anywhere in the world to go to a restaurant, where would you go?”

The Bieber replies: Canada. Swiss Chalet. Quarter Chicken Dinner.

BTW, it is the Biebs.

Pay attention, eh?

He is the most famous Canadian man in the world.


3421...Bad News For The Ford Brothers

The pair that run Tronna, the buffet killers.

WGR, you know Doug and Bob have WGR550 on the pre sets in the limos, announced that Erie County Executive Chris Collins has had preliminary talks with the Bills about extending their lease in Orchard Park and is "...firmly convinced they will remain the Buffalo Bills."

No NFL in Tronna in my lifetime boyz.

And, since only the good die young, I am going to be here for a very long time.


3420...Silvio Berlusconi Thought Of The Day

"It is better to like beautiful girls than be gay."


3419...Feel The Love

That is not there. There being LA. KTLA reports that 51 year old Rebecca Wells, a longtime compliance auditor for LA County died while working in her cubicle on Friday.

And no one noticed til Saturday.

Feel the love.

Last time anyone saw Ms. Wells upright was around 9 Friday morning.

She had her head down at her desk in her cublicle, which those of you who work for the government know is not an unusual position to be in at work.


3418...News To Make Russ Barth Smile

Cut and paste from the Seattle PI:

Fifty-eight percent of Americans say marijuana should legalized, regulated and taxed, according to a new poll.

The Economist/YouGov survey of 1,000 was taken Feb. 5-8. The margin of error was 4.2 percent.

Last month people want to make pot legal in Washington announced they will try to get a statewide initiative before voters. A similar effort last year sputtered when organizers failed to get enough signatures. This year’s attempt includes a new provision that would require the state Legislature to adopt civil regulations on marijuana use, sales and possibly taxation.

To qualify for the November ballot, initiative sponsors need to get the signatures of more than 241,000 registered voters by July 8. Last year they fell short by about 50,000 signatures.

Last year California voters rejected Proposition 19, which would’ve legalized marijuana in the Golden State, by a 54 percent to 46 percent vote.


3417...Bristol Palin, Inc.

High-school drop-out/ teen Mom paid $30k per speech to lecture teen-agers on the virtues of abstinence. Wow, kids be sure to stay in school and be pure because you certainly wouldn't want to end up like that.

That's the darling of the Tea Party's darling Bristol Palin.

Fortune Magazine's Duff McDonald pieces together the Palin scion's earnings in this week's Newsweek.

He points out that "There's a long political tradition of kids cashing in on a parent's name: Jenna Bush, Ron and Michael Reagan, the Roosevelts. But at least their dads were presidents, not half-term governors."

Here is the skinny on what America's most famous single mom can earn:

$100,000—Arizona's Mix 96.9 FM wants to hire her. She can play her mom's rap song from Saturday Night Live.

$100,000—The Candie's Foundation pays her $15,000 to $30,000 for each speech she makes as an advocate for abstinence. (Estimate assumes a half dozen this year.)

$250,000—Hire the hot BSMP consulting firm for advice on lobbying, public relations, and politics. The star attraction of BSMP: 20-year-old Bristol Sheeran Marie Palin.

$2.5 million—That's not her take from Dancing With the Stars. That's the advertising boost we estimate ABC enjoyed thanks to all the Palin pals who kept voting and voting and voting for her to stay on the show.

$3.25 million—Mama Bear's memoir, Going Rogue, sold more than 2.6 million copies. If Bristol's autobiography moves only 5 percent of that when it comes out in June, she'll still gross a tidy sum for Morrow (which just so happens to be her mother's publisher, too).

Negligible—Last year she applied to trademark her name, so soon we may need to refer to her as Bristol Palin®.

Condoms are overrated.


3416...Best Plan Is To Not Murder Anyone

Coz now, and all parties are presumably on the same page, the faint-hope clause is gone gone gone. The bill allowed those convicted of murder, first degree, to apply for parole at 15 years.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the bill recinding this got final approval yesterday in the Senate.

Don't kill anyone.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

3415...39 25 18 10

Not the measurements of an alien beauty queen, no these are the latest poll numbers posted on the front page of The Ottawa Citizen.

Of course the 18 will Dip and the Green 10 will fade away but, still, 39 to 25, Blue to Red is re frigging diculous.

You get the Canada you deserve and you deserve better than the Stephen Harpers.


3414...Delusion Thy Name Is Berlusconi

The belaugured 74 year old Italian Prime Minister/billionaire embroiled in a sex scandal told Reuters that the reason he has so many hook-ups is coz he makes women feel special.

In a billion differeent ways.

Mr. Prime Minister.


Monday, February 14, 2011

3413...Happy Valentines Day

To me.

Mom didn't even call.



3412...Tiger Woods: When Life Sucks, It Sucks

The Associated Press reports:

VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND—Tiger Woods was fined by the European Tour on Monday for spitting during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

The incident occurred Sunday on the 12th green, after the No. 3-ranked player missed a par putt on his way to a 3-over 75.

“The tournament director, Mike Stewart, has reviewed the incident and feels there has been a breach of the tour code of conduct and consequently Tiger Woods will be fined,” the European Tour said in a statement.

When things go bad, things go bad.


3411...Gay Marriage Hits Poland

Sort of.

The Telegraph, a British fishwrap, tells that Polish MP Robert Wegrzyn, from the governing Civic Party on gay marriage: "You can forget about gay men but I would gladly watch lesbians."

Some people have a problem with this Don Cherryian attitude and Mr. Wegrzyn has been forced to retract the statement.


3410...The End Of The World As We Know It

Russ Ohlendorf, a right handed pitcher for the worst team in MLB, at least since Barry Bonds was allowed to leave two decades ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates, won one game last year and lost eleven.

The Pirates, whatever were they thinking? did not offer him a significant enough raise from the 439,000.00 shekels a year they were paying him. So he took them to arbitration and came out a winner. In '11 he will be getting paid 2,025,000.00 USD to weave his magic.

A Princeton man the boy did do his homework while in the Ivys. As a student, he penned a 140-page senior thesis entitled Investing in Prospects: A Look at the Financial Successes of Major League Baseball Rule IV Drafts from 1989 to 1993. He used sabermetrics to demonstrate the return on investment from the Major League Baseball Draft.

And he is right hander; imagine if he were a southpaw.


3409...The Holocaust Is The Elvis Of Sh*tty Things

Elvis Presley may not be the greatest singer of all time but he is The King. The one and only.

The Holocaust may not be the biggest atrocity/genocide of all time but it is The King of atrocities. The one and only.

I get it, the Ukranian famine, Armenian massacres, repeated crap done to the Poles, were bad, may be even more bad than the Holocaust. But the Holocaust is the one that pops, the one that resonates. "George Shirinian, an Armenian-Canadian scholar and executive director of the International Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies, agrees the Holocaust, as 'the best-known and best-documented genocide, is central to any study of genocide.'"

What brings me to this sad subject is James Adams' article in the Globe Review this day. He leads with "Opposition appears to be intensifying to plans to dedicate a specific "zone" to the Holocaust in the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, while the museum devotes another, single gallery to covering what could be at least 50 other mass atrocities. Both the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Canadian Polish Congress are urging the museum, under construction in Winnipeg and scheduled to open early in 2013, to reconsider what CPC president Teresa Berezowski calls 'an inequitable display of what has happened in the world that has gone against human rights.'"

The Holocaust is the, forgive the friv'lous wording, the Elvis of atrocities. It is what pops, it is what brings them in the doors.


3408...In Case You Missed It

The Ottawa Citizen, rightfully, editorialized/took a shot at Tory MP Cheryl Gallant, the member for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.

You may recall that the ten year member compared the Ottawa River last week to the Atlantic Ocean.

In St. John's. Newfoundland.

At a Commons defence committee hearing that was talking about safety in the ocean and had in the crowd many who had lost family in maritime accidents.

As the Citizen writes "Her comments were insensitive and any other job, the probation would be long over."

Since the riding is so enamoured with the Conservatives, so enamoured that they would vote for Karla Homolka if she was a Tory, it is incumbent upon Stephen Harper to pull the rug out from under Ms. Gallant and get a competent candidate to represent the Ottawa Valley.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

3407...Our Beloved PM Drops Le Ball Again

Toronto Star hits it out of the park this morning when they write that Stephen Harper's "... record on democracy in the Arab Middle East has been wretched."

What makes our leader's record even worse is the fact that the leader in reforming Mid Eastern countries into democracies is none other than George W. Bush. "It is said that George W. Bush, who pushed democracy for the Arab Middle East, is not being given credit for the liberation of Egypt and Tunisia from autocracies. That's partially true. He was the first modern American president to acknowledge, as early as in 2003, that relying on Arab dictators did not promote stability."

Thing is Mr. Harper apes what Mr. Bush and the neo-cons have done down south on crime and morality but when it comes to stuff that they are right about he ignores their lead.

A boob he is.

Yet if the election were held today he would remain PM.

Canada, please, give your head a shake.


3406...A Journalist Makes Sense


Terry Mosher, better know as Aislin, has a cartoon from his home paper The Montreal Gazette, that was reprinted in this morning's Ottawa Citizen.

It shows Don Cherry as the head of the RCMP.

Now that is thinking.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

3405...Do It For Daron

Daron is Daron Richardson, the 14 year old daughter of Luke Richardson, an Ottawa Senator coach, who tragically took her life in the latter stages of 2010.

The Carleton Ravens hockey team is stepping up to the plate tonight and paying tribute to her.

Here is a cut and paste from the sports PR people at Carleton:

Women’s Hockey

Ravens Do It For Daron at the Ice House

The Carleton University Ravens women’s hockey team will not only be lacing up for a win on the ice February 12, but also to honour Daron Richardson, a competitive hockey player who tragically took her own life and brought awareness to the seriousness of youth mental illness.

Daughter of former NHL hockey player and Ottawa Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson, Daron died on November 13, 2010 at just 14 years of age.

To honour Daron, the Ravens will be selling tickets for an autographed Team Canada women's Olympic jersey. Purple wrist bands (Daron’s favourite colour) will also be sold. Fifty per cent of the profits will be donated to the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

Daron’s legacy now lives on through the Daron Richardson Fund and Do It For Daron (D.I.F.D.), an organization formed to create awareness, raise funds and inspire conversations about youth mental health.

Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague, however for many, it is an unspoken illness. With D.I.F.D., the Richardson family hopes to increase the conversation about mental health and suicide and make the difference in the lives of others.

On February 8, several schools, hockey teams and those in the business community will wear purple and pledge their support to the Daron Richardson Fund. Entitled Purple Pledge Day, February 8 marks what would have been Daron's 15th birthday.

“We chose to honour Daron to bring awareness to mental health and the importance of speaking about it,” says Ravens head coach Shelley Coolidge.

The February 12 game was chosen to create increased awareness with a larger audience. The Ravens will be hosting the Concordia University Stingers at 2 p.m. in the Ice House.

For further information on CU Ravens Recreation & Athletics contact Christina Atallah at 613-293-5368 email:

All goes down N O W.


3404...More Bad News For Canuckistanians

Here are the sad numbers from da CBC:

The federal Conservatives have opened up a 12½-point lead over the opposition Liberals — their largest lead since October 2009 — a new EKOS survey suggests.

The latest results from EKOS, released exclusively to CBC News, found 37.3 per cent of respondents said they would vote for Stephen Harper's Conservatives if an election were held now, compared with 24.8 per cent who said they'd vote for Michael Ignatieff's Liberals.

Jack Layton's New Democrats received the support of 14.2 per cent of respondents, while the Green Party received 10.7 per cent and 9.9. per cent backed the Bloc Québécois.

Give your head a shake Canada, a big shake.


3403...Good News From The Stephen Harpers

From the mouth of Peter Mansbridge to my ears last nite on The National:

The federal government won't allow cities and provinces to use their portion of the gas tax to fund projects like hockey arenas. Infrastructure Minister Chuck Strahl confirmed that today. The idea had been floated by the Conservatives earlier this week in connection with the new sports stadium in Quebec City.

F*ckin' A!


3402...Will That Be With Glass Or Without Glass?

WLS radio in Chicago reports that Vjollca Lecaj claims that on Aug. 5, 2010, she was injured after she bit into and chewed a large shard of glass that was unknowingly contained within a spicy McChicken sandwich that was purchased at a McDonald’s in Chicagoland.

Like a good American she filed suit yesterday claiming that the restaurant failed to properly inspect and maintain the processing and cooking equipment as well as the sandwich to avoid injury. Ms. Lecaj claims that she sustained severe and permanent oral injuries as well as great pain and anguish. She would like 600,000 USD for her troubles.

No comment from McDicks on the matter.


3401...The Paopao Family Reads My Blog

For those of you with short memories I pointed out in mid 2011, WFDS Post 2492...Joe Paopao Kills Another Football Team, that Mr. Paopao is the least successful coach in professional football history, perhaps the history of all sports, and has now weaved his magic at the college level, being part of the problem that killed the University of Waterloo Warriors.

Apparently Mr. Paopao's family reads the WFDS' Blog, Anonymous is their pseudenoym, and they are none to happy that I speaketh the truth about Mr. Works Cheaply.

This is his record as a CFL head coach:

CFL Coaching RecordTeam Year Regular Season Post Season

Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result

BC 1996 5 13 0 .278 5th in West Division - - Missed Playoffs

BC Total 5 13 0 .278 0 West Division
Championships 0 0 0 Grey Cups

OTT 2002 4 14 0 .222 4th in East Division - - Missed Playoffs
OTT 2003 7 11 0 .389 3rd in East Division - - Missed Playoffs
OTT 2004 5 13 0 .278 4th in East Division - - Missed Playoffs
OTT 2005 7 11 0 .389 3rd in East Division - - Missed Playoffs

OTT Total 23 49 0 .319 0 East Division
Championships 0 0 0 Grey Cups

Total 28 62 0 .311 0 Division

Championships 0 0 0 Grey Cups

Missed Playoffs.

Missed Playoffs.

Missed Playoffs.

Missed Playoffs.

Missed Playoffs.

The Paopao's wrote me, Anonymously, with this churlish comments:

the gentleperson who stated the above comments, I respect. The person who wrote this bullshit about Joe is a moron. Look into the lives of the people he affected in a posotive way along the ride.Along with being the throwin samoin and like my friend said, winning a grey cup as a coach! Dont be so guttless loser. You sound like a kicker he cut one day. Go find yourself some personal accomplishment so you have something to brag about rather than pick at someone with theyre own real accomplishments or go back to your warehouse job!

Let me explain something to you, Anonymous, Mr. Paopao is a football coach. A bad football coach. That is it, that is all.

As for me being gutless, I do sign my name.


3400...It Did Take Them 30 Years: Eygpt

Before you get your panties all moist over the fall of the dictator Mubarak in Eygpt keep in mind that they, the Eygptians, kept him in power for three decades.

Like, thirty. Where was the marching in the streets and the hand wringing for the last thirty years.

I don't see a lot of heroism here frankly.


Friday, February 11, 2011

3399...Well She Did Want A Divorce

Which, amazingly, is not a good reason to behead your wife. Anywhere but especially in Western New York.

It took only an hour for a New York jury to find TV producer Muzzammil Hassan guilty of beheading his wife after she filed for divorce in 2009. Mr. Hassan, 46, murdered his wife with hunting knives in the very studio the couple had set up in 2004 to foster understanding of Muslim culture in the wake of 9/11, reports Reuters.

Prosecutors called the murder of Aasiya Hassan, 37, a ", brutal and fatal act of control and domination," and noted that the mother of two "...may well have been conscious when he began cutting off her head." During the trial, the jury watched surveillance footage of Mr. Hassan lying in wait for his wife at their Bridges TV offices in a Buffalo suburb as she brought him fresh laundry.

Mr. Hassan was found guilty of second-degree murder and faces 15 years to life in prison. During the trial, Mr. Hassan proved himself a fool by serving as his own lawyer and compounded his foolishness when he compared himself to Nelson Mandela, Ronald Reagan, and Mahatma Gandhi. He also claimed he felt threatened by his wife. "The prosecution has never asked the question 'Who started it?'" he said. "That is the core question that needs to be answered."

We may not know who started it but we know who finished it, and, frankly I am surprised he only got nailed with 2nd degree murder.


3398...Mayor Bloomberg Of New York Tells Truth

In a speech to the Irish something or other society of New York City the Jewish Mayor of NYC implied, no said, that the Irish, and by Irish he means Irish Catholics, getting really drunk on St. Patrick's Day.

Let me tell you, full disclosure, that I am sitting in a tavern drinking Molson Export draft, while writing this. And I am as Irish as Paddy's pig.

This of course got some of my high faluting Irish brothers up in arms. The New York Daily News quotes one of the leaders of the community as saying:

"It was ill-advised to make a statement like that," said John Dunleavy, chairman of the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee. "The remarks are highly, highly offensive to any Irish person.

"I don't think he would say a joke like that to any other ethnic group. It was totally uncalled for and unbecoming of the mayor," Dunleavy added.

You, Mr. Dunleavy, are a twit. It has been said the Irish would rule the world if it wasn't for whiskey. May I add that our love for beer, wine, vodka, gin, bourbon, tequilla, port, kahlua, rum, among others, has also slowed us down.


3397...A Preview Of Stephen Harper's Canada 2012

The International Business Times tells us that "More than 50,000 people were arrested last year in New York City for possessing small amounts of marijuana , according to the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services." That is over 15 per cent of the arrests in The Apple alone last year.

That number also "...more marijuana arrests in one year than the number of similar arrests made by the New York Police Department (NYPD) over the entire period from 1978 to 1996, according to an analysis for the alliance done by Harry Levine, a sociology professor at Queens College."

As they will in Stephen Harper's Canada "These arrests cost tens of millions of dollars every year, and introduce tens of thousands of young people into our broken criminal justice system. Almost 70 percent of those arrested are younger than 30 years old...while a whopping 86 percent of those arrested are Black or Latino, even though research consistently shows that young whites use marijuana at higher rates."

A preview of coming attractions.


3396...Build It And They Will Come

Is a big steaming pile of bullsh*t.

Just ask Hamilton, the home of Copps Coliseum, built so long ago that it is obsolete.

Now another backwater, Quebec City, is getting its very own empty arena. This is cut and paste from last nights CTV News:

LISA LAFLAMME: Quebec City is going to get its state-of-the-art hockey arena after all. As for an NHL team, well right now that is a long shot. Today the city and the province announced a multi-million dollar deal to construct a veritable ice palace worth almost half a billion dollars. Now as CTV's Daniele Hamamdjian reports, they're doing it without any help from Ottawa or the private sector.

Yes, La Belle, the province that has the most expensive and the most empty baseball stadium in the world, is going to pay for its very own empty hockey rink all by itself.



3395...Mike Fisher Traded To Nashville

Now he can live in the same house as Mrs. Mike Fisher.

Betcha now the NHL will allow Jim Basille to buy the team and move to Hamilton.

Poor Carrie Underwood.


3394...Don't Shoplift

But of you are going to shoplift don't shoplift at Wal-Mart.


I was at the Laurentian Centre Wal-Mart last night in Bytown and saw the police pinch a lad, an old lad, like 30 or something for shoplifting.

If you are planning to thief, thief at someplace worth it. Mappin's, Birk's, People's come mind.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

3393...Damn Vatican

No go on the iPhone app for confession says the Vatican.

Agence France-Presse says that they want face to face.

Well, obscured face to obscured face.


3392...I Have A New Hero

His name is John Ruddy and he is an Ottawa developer who just cut a cheque for a cool mill to St. Pat's Old Folks Home on Riverside Drive in your capital.

The home has been open longer than Canada has been, founded by the Grey Nuns in 1865. It is just a brilliant place; many of the WFDS' relatives have faded into heaven inside its walls.

The only sad thing about this story is that it was buried in the middle of the C section of the Ottawa Citizen. In fact if the ad next to it had not had an amazing looking woman in lingerie I would have missed this piece which would have been sad.

Kudos to you Mr. Ruddy.


3391...We All Know How This One Ends

He gets shot; hung; or flees with gold and other riches.

From 77 WABC.

President Mubarak Not Stepping Down

“We are at a turning point, a moment in history,” Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will remain in office until “free and transparent” elections are held in September. Protesters have erupted into angry chants of “leave, leave, leave”. 77 WABC’s John Batchelor asks, “Is this a coup?”

So there you go.


3390...This Is Why Hockey Players Are Cool

Cut and paste from Pitts own Channel 11:

A Pittsburgh Penguins fan got quite a surprise from Mike Rupp before a recent game at Consol Energy Center.

During warmups, Rupp crashed into the boards, causing John Kraynak to spill his beer.

Rupp, knowing arena beer isn’t cheap, had a trainer go to the locker room and grab $10 from his wallet and a hockey puck.

Kraynak told Channel 11 News that Rupp wrote an apology on the puck, signed it, taped the money to the back and tossed it to him.

Tres cool.


3389...Haley Barbour Update

Haley Barbour, you may recall, is the Governor of Mississippi. Late last year he made the point that segregation was not all that bad, he lived through it and so did his slaves, er, Black employees and they never complained to master.

Well more fun from Mississippi. The Associated Press reports that "The Mississippi Division of Sons of Confederate Veterans wants to sponsor a series of state-issued license plates to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which it calls the 'War Between the States.' The group proposes a different design each year between now and 2015, with Forrest slated for 2014."

Apparently this has upset a lot of people. You know how liberals and the ancestors of slaves get all in your face about this sort of stuff. "A Facebook group called 'Mississippians Against The Commemoration Of Grand Wizard Nathan Forrest' features a drawing of a hooded klansman in the center of a regular Mississippi car tag." Imagine how hard it is to get a permit for a cross burning. OMG.

Mississippi has a number of commerative plates with NASCAR plates being number one on the hit parade.

My fave part of the story is the picture of gold old boy Greg Stewart, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, posing with a mock up of the plate next to his car, a car festooned with a Reagan For President sticker. The car is a Volvo. Made in Sweden I hear. So Mr. Stewart really is pro North, eh? May be he has a carpetbag?


3388...The Quality Of Mercy

Is not in Essex County, Ontario.

Read this from the Windsor Star:

AMHERSTBURG, Ont. — The municipal council for a southern Ontario town has voted to return a donation that had earned a convicted pedophile the right to have his name posted atop the scoreboard of the town's new recreation centre.

The decision was made Thursday, with at least 15 residents of Amherstburg, just outside Windsor, protested outside council chambers with placards.

Residents were outraged the town had accepted a sizable donation from Jim Massen for naming rights to the scoreboard which will overlook a baseball diamond where disabled children will play. His name also was to grace the roadway into the complex.

Massen pleaded guilty in 1990 to two counts of gross indecency and one count of invitation to sexual touching involving three teenage boys. He later received a pardon.

Massen said he has legal documents and will fight to keep his name on the scoreboard and road.

Councillors refused any further comment after the meeting.

So, here is the straight goods, Mr. Massen f's up badly over two decades ago, pays his debt to society and is pardoned but that is not good enough for the puritanical masses in Amherstburg. As a practicing Christian I find this mean spirited nature repulsive.

This is Stephen Harper's Canada.

Not a good place to be imperfect.


3387...Eygpt Update

Its always good to know which nationality will be making our pizzas and driving our cabs in the future.

Looks like it will be Eygptians.

77 WABC reports that "Egypt unrest: Mubarak to yield power to VP, says U.S. official
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has agreed to yield power to his vice president, a senior U.S. official told CNN's John King, citing contacts within the Egyptian government."

Of course you knew that already, eh?


3386...Roman Catholics Are The Best

Fer sure, we are number one, um, except for football where Notre Dame has been sucking the pipe for what seems to be for frigging ever and there is that little problem with the priests and altar boys/housekeepers plus Pope Benedict was a good little National Socialist when that was fashionable but besides those minor details we are the best, eh?

Adding to the lustre is a story that ran in The Times, London, earlier in the week. RC bishops have approved an iPhone and iPad app that allows the flock to make confession with a virtual priest over the 'net.

1.99$ through iTunes.


3385...Cheryl Gallant

She is an MP, a Tory MP, from the Ottawa Valley.

She has stuck her foot in it again. As Warren Kinsella wrote this morning "We give you Cheryl Gallant. She’s always been a loon. She is a loon now. She always will be a loon. Why is anyone surprised?"

She usually keeps her mouth shut, which is good when you are a loon, but she did not last week in St. John's, Newfoundland. According to David Pugliese of the Ottawa Citizen this is what went down:

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant is under fire for suggesting Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who make their living from the sea take more responsibility and not expect to be rescued by the coast guard if they run into trouble.

Explaining that those who operate on the Great Lakes and Ottawa River don't count on the coast guard for help, the Ottawa Valley MP told an audience in St. John's -including those who had lost relatives and fellow workers during maritime accidents -that it's up to local communities, the province and private companies to make more of an effort to help with rescues and perhaps finance such services.

Kind of par for the course. For Cheryl Gallant that is.

As a sidebar, for those of you that do not know the Ottawa Valley, it starts 20 minutes and 60 years outside of Ottawa.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

3384...Why Can't Out MPs Be This Much Fun?

77 WABC, New York, breaks with this news:

Rep. Christopher Lee (R-NY) resigns after reports the married
lawmaker used Craigslist to try to meet women

It is always those law and order Republicans that get caught with their pants down, eh?

A gossip web site, The Gawker, reported earlier today that the Western New York Congressman who, of course is a married family values type, had sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist.

They had a pretty banal conversation and then he sent her a nice picture of him, sans shirt. No homo, but as 46 year old dudes go, not shabby Mr. Congressman.

This of course doesn't and hasn't happened in the capital of Canada. Ever. Reasons being, among others, D'Arcy McGees. Factor in the 30,000 plus female undergrads in Ottawa, one in 20 of whom will, according to Pam Walker my women's studies prof, hook at least once while walking the walls of Ivy. That works out to 1,500 college age 'hos in your capital. If you don't believe me just pick up a copy of The Ottawa Sun or The Xpress. Better yet, cruise the dining rooms of The Chateau, Hy's or, for the more discreet, Pied Au Cochon and see the mismatched couples.


3383...Gilles Brisson, NDPMPP/Man Of The People

My buddy James Bowie, Bowie's Blog alerted me that our man of the people, the Dipper MPP from Timmins/James Bay is having a fund raiser.

A 500 dollar a plate fundraiser at a little palace called Barberian's Steak House Wine Cellar. Which, by the way, is not in his riding. It is in Toronto. I guess the restaurants in Timmins just are not good enough for the great Gilles Brisson. The same man who, by the by, stood up in Queen's Park back in the day and said:

As I look around downtown Toronto at places like Barberian's, Hy's Steak House, Bigliardi's and other restaurants out there that are known to be quite good, you don't see too many cabinet ministers and backbenchers and opposition leaders in those types of restaurants. It's by and large the private sector, and I would be willing to guess that most of them aren't paying that out of their pockets; most of them are paying with the credit card they get from their company."

I guess the crowd that doesn't pay for its own meals, the crowd that is comfortable letting their shareholders pay for its meals and is comfortable letting its union card holders pay for its wine, the private sector, will be supporting Mr. Brisson and his leader, the lovely Andrea Horwath.

At 500.00 a pop.

Too bad the Dips have such disdain for the the people they allege they serve.


3382...Attention Doug And Rob Ford

My buddy Andy Roth at WGR, Sports Radio 550, in Buffalo, just sent me an email informing that your sorta NFL team, the Buffalo Bills, are getting new uniforms.

The team will debut the new look at a fan appreciation event later this year. There were no other details released from One Bills Drive but Mr. Roth says he will keep me in the loop and I will pass on the info to you, k?

May be they will have a big T on the helmet or something.


3381...The Bucks Are Even But We Are Still Getting


Example: In Detroit Wendy's has the My 99 cent menu; same menu in Windsor is the My 1.89. Plus HST.

Even though I ain't gonna vote for you, please, Mr. Hudak, when you are fixing the beer prices would you work on fast food parity too?


3380...Saskatchewan Moves South

Curling is the sport in Saskatchewan, the sport, bigger than even softball.

The Omaha World-Herald tells the world that the National Sport of Saskatchewan is taking root three states south of the most rectangular political unit in the world.

Jordan's Bar in Valentine, a town in the western part of Nebraska, has built its own curling rink and is now hosting leagues and tournaments. Owner Marty Jordan, no relation to Michael Jordan, says that he and the barflies at his bar watched curling during the Vancouver Olympics and the bar crowd just loved it. Loving his customers Mr. Jordan decided to give curling a try.

The bar's outdoor curling rink is about half the size of what is seen on the Olympics. And, instead of stones, they use milk jugs filled with a concrete mixture.

The one thing that the curlers in Nebraska and curlers in our Home and Native Land have in common is that they are refreshed, totally refreshed.


3379...Their Tax Dollars In Action

America. What a country.

The Washington Post reports that "American taxpayers paid $450,000 for four Navy jets to fly over Texas Stadium before the Super Bowl. The retractable roof was closed, and no one inside could see them"

What a country. America.


3378...More Ottawa Bullsh*t

Furtherdown in Ken Gray's piece in today's Ottawa Citizen he writes that "More sports: If you're an arts aficionado, Ottawa is nirvana. But if you're a sports fan, O-Town is No-Town. Take away the Senators and Belleville has as much sports as Ottawa. Thank goodness College Councillor Rick Chiarelli is pounding the bushes for a Blue Jays farm team for the mouldering $20-million Ottawa Stadium on Coventry Road."

There were a number of things that killed the Ottawa Lynx who, by the way, set a record for most fans in their first season in the International League. First off the City of Ottawa sold their parking lot, well most of it, to a private company who built a Hampton Inns. Secondly the street parking is next to non existent. So you have a 10,000 plus stadium with parking for 500 cars. What makes it worse is the city did not dedicate any busses to the stadium so getting there by bus was, at best, sh*tty.

Clean up those problems first Mr. Chiarelli and then get us a team. And it doesn't have to be a Blue Jays affiliate.

The devil is in the details.


3377...Hating On Tim Hudak

Everybody seems to be taking shots at Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak.

Mr. Hudak is the second coming of Mike Harris and there are many things to hate on him for.

Buck a beer ain't one of them.

An example would be Ken Gray's piece in this morning's Ottawa Citizen where he castigates the free market champion for lobbying for buck a beer. Look, I am fortunate enough to live on an open border with another nation and when I want to grab beer I just go to La Belle. Yesterday I ran into a prominent Liberal at Super C who, like myself, was grabbing a 24 of Stella for 27 bux. A bit more than a buck a beer but about half the price of the same pop in Ontario.

Mr. Gray presents his case the same way a lot of over smart folks do, not understanding that, to a lot of people a 2-4 for a buck a beer is an issue as is gas prices and as in the HST.

Premier Hudak will send Ontario back to the '90s, the good ole days of Mike Harris but a free market for beer is not a bad idea.


3376...Vanier Visits The Glebe Nevermore

Vanier Visits The Glebe is the street name for Super Ex and Super Ex is the Central Canada Exhibition which has been running consecutively since 1888, excepting the World Wars.

This is a big story in your capital, front page news in all the anglo papers.

Ottawa is the most do nothing major city in North America and the collapse of this century and a quarter old fair is just business as usual.


Monday, February 7, 2011

3375...Quotas, Can-Con, Language Laws Be Dumb




Think of it. Think of it all the way through.

What is the one thing that we Canadians do better than anyone else in the world?


Men and women's.

No quotas.

The best, we are.

No quotas.


3374...Get This Guy A Red Shirt

He is Maxime Bernier, from the Beauce, a man who makes a lot of sense a lot of the time.

Here is a cut and paste from The Canadian Press via the St. John's Telegram:

MP lashes back after being censured over Bill 101 comment

The Telegram (St. John's)

Mon Feb 7 2011

Page: C4

Section: National

Byline: Benjamin Shingler

Source: The Canadian Press

If Conservative MP Maxime Bernier began by poking the bear, now he's jabbing it with a knife. The former federal cabinet minister was quickly excoriated by Quebec politicians and pundits for his comments Friday saying Quebecers don't need Bill 101, the province's landmark language legislation. But after the two-sentence throwaway remark to a Halifax radio station provoked a torrent of ridicule, Bernier responded defiantly Sunday with a 700- word statement on his personal blog.

In a post in both English and French, Bernier explained his opposition to the law that, in Quebec, has been considered sacrosanct by the political class for more than three decades. The 1977 legislation, enacted under Premier Rene Levesque's Parti Quebecois, limited English on street signs and restricted access to English public schools. Restriction not necessary Bernier, an ardent libertarian, said while it's important for Quebec to remain a predominantly French-language society, that shouldn't be achieved by restricting people's rights and freedom of choice. "French will survive if Quebecers cherish it and want to preserve it; it will flourish if Quebec becomes a freer, more dynamic and prosperous society," Bernier wrote. "Not by imposing (French) and by preventing people from making their own decisions in matters that concern their personal lives." The historic legislation has often been credited with saving the French language from decline in the province and is rarely criticized by politicians.

In one exception, three anglophone ministers resigned from Premier Robert Bourassa's cabinet in 1988 to protest a move that strengthened Quebec's language laws in response to a Supreme Court ruling that struck down portions of Bill 101. For the most part, though, Bill 101 has become as much a fixture in Quebec as the Health Canada Act and the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms have countrywide. But Bernier said not everyone agrees the law is necessary. "Whenever the issue of Bill 101 is raised, it is often claimed that 'there is a consensus in Quebec' about it: apart from some extremist English-rights activists and traitors to Quebec, everybody is presumed to agree with Bill 101 . .. But that consensus simply does not exist," he wrote. Still, as Bernier's comments spread over the weekend, Quebec politicians and pundits lined up to denounce him and show their support for Bill 101. Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois suggested Bernier should "come to Montreal more often," where "anglicization is visible." Quebec Culture Minister Christine St-Pierre said everyone recognizes Bill 101 has "helped preserve the French language." Liberal MP Denis Coderre charged that Bernier's thoughts on language laws make "Sarah Palin look like an intellectual."

The online blowback from many Quebec residents was even more venomous, with many on Twitter and other social media reduced to name-calling. In much of English Canada, however, Bernier's remarks were greeted as a breath of fresh air. "Good on Bernier ... he was only saying what the majority of Canadians think, " said one typical online comment. On his blog, Bernier expressed his disappointment at those who questioned his right to offer an opinion on the subject. "In a free and democratic society, we should be able to say these things and debate them calmly without being pilloried," he wrote. "I did not expect to create such a storm by expressing my belief that we should let people act like free and responsible individuals, including when it comes to protecting their language, instead of relying on government coercion to do it for them."

Pundits have suggested Bernier raised the issue to drum up support nationally for a possible leadership bid. But the remarks aren't likely to improve the Conservative party's popularity in Quebec, where the Tories hold 11 seats and are eager to keep them in their quest for a majority. Meanwhile, the Harper government has refused to wade into the debate, saying it "respects provincial jurisdiction." Heritage Minister James Moore said the federal government stands by its belief that Quebec has the right to set its own language laws. "Maxime Bernier is a Quebecker," he told reporters in Ottawa prior to a film screening. "He is interested in engaging those based inside the province of Quebec. As far as the federal government is concerned, Bill 101 is provincial law."

I swear he would look so good in Red.


3373...Of Course Hitler Liked Dogs

Mia Rabson's Hill Talk column in the Winnipeg Free Press tells the world that Tony Clement, a key player on the Stephen Harpers, is a big fan of The White Stripes.

The way we know this is that he is totally into Twitter.

He, by the way, his bummed that the Stripes have split.


3372...She Will Do Anything To Get In My Blog

She is, of course, Kathryn May, the leader of the Green Party.

The Van Sun reports that her campaign office in Saanich, a suburb of Victoria, was damaged when a truck crashed through its front wall and glass windows on Saturday night at about 10. No malice intended, what it was was a driver with a novice licence going too fast and bingo, bango, bongo, crasho.

Kathryn May is to the WFDS' Blog as Tony Randall was to Johnny Carson and Wayne and Shuster were to Ed Sullivan.


3371...Tory Tory Glory

Money wise at least.

Tories raise whopping $17.3-million, parties question 'Republican-style' tactics

That is the headline in today's Hill Times. The Stephen Harper's raised $17.3-million in 2010, compared to $7-million collected by the Liberal party, $4.4-million raised by the NDP, $1.3-million by the Green Party and $642,500 by the Bloc Québécois.

So let's open the procedure and get rid of those assine limits and play.


3370...Most Confusing Half Time Show Ever

Great game; weird half time show.

The Super Bowl half time show was gay.



3369...You Say Republican

I say Stephen Harper.

Both the Conservatives and the Republicans campaign on less government, balanced budgets, good for business and so on.

Both sides betray their campaign promises and supposed goals by doing the opposite.

This morning's banner headline in The Ottawa Citizen:

PS balloons on Conservatives' watch
The Stephen Harpers, methinks, have an estranged relationship with the truth.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

3368...Father Of The Year

This comes from the Orlando Sentinel:

Gilbert Arenas, who spends $5,000 a month to feed his pet sharks, was served with child support and papers at halftime of the Magic/Heat game Thursday night. The Associated Press, which first reported a process server stopped Arenas as he walked off the floor, obtained court documents regarding a California petition filed by Laura Mendoza Govan, identified as Arenas' girlfriend. The next night, he scored 10 points off the bench in his return to Washington where he once played, and where he once brandished cold steel in the locker room.

Feed your damn kids.





Apparently the police in Arizona don't think the three mix.

My source, Deadspin, tells that "Citing Comcast's 'significant economic losses' and the fact that many children were subjected to 37 naughty seconds of pornography during Super Bowl XLIII, federal and state officials announced the arrest of a 38-year-old Marana, Ariz. man last night.

Frank Tanori Gonzalez was taken into custody on suspicion of fraud and computer tampering charges, say the Arizona Attorney General and F.B.I. They allege that FTG piped 37 seconds from the "Club Jenna" feed — in which the lovely Tristan Kingsley unzips Evan Stone's pants and goes to work — into Super Bowl XLIII after Arizona went up on Pittsburgh in the fourth quarter. Some viewers watching the game on KVOA in Tucson were aghast."

Plus it was one of the greatest football games ever and no matter what Mr. Gonzalez subbed into the KVOA broadcast he should do time for all the heart attacks he caused.


3366...The Border Bullsh*t

You know what the best thing for Canada [and, I suppose the States] is an open border ala Europe.

And this crap about us losing sovereignty is just that. As you probably know Quebec is a nation inside a nation and it is like ten minutes from my house and Gatineau, Quebec is more different from Ottawa, Ontario than, say, Niagara Falls, Ontario is from NFNY.

Truly open borders benefit all parties. Europe proves that.


3365...The Super Bowl Is Gay

Best football video ever.

Me not Bill Gates but methinks this is the link to the greatest song about the Super Bowl.

If not, google "The Super Bowl Is Gay".


Saturday, February 5, 2011

3364...MMA Versus NFL

Even though it looks retardedly violent the MMA, Mixed Martial Arts, is nowhere near as hard on the brains of the jocks in the sport as the NFL.

The Ottawa Citizen today reports that the Canadian Medical Association has blasted the sport for putting the athletes at risk. But the Johns Hopkins people found only three per cent of MMA fighters have had severe concussions. A study done a decade ago showed that at least 6 of 10 NFLers have had their bells rung hard.

So there.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

3363...The Lenny Cooke Award

For Canadian politics.

Michael Ignatieff.

I hope not.


3362...Pot To Kettle

Pot = Elton John.

Kettle = Billy Joel.

Message = Go to rehab. One without TV.


3361...My French She Not So Good, Eh?

But holy cows did I read right in La Presse this morning? Canada, and by Canada I mean Stephen Harper, is online with the Dictator Mubarak?

If there was ever a time to get off that train Mr. Harper now is that time.

Or, perhaps, he is thinking that when he becomes dicator and the wheels fall off he will need friends of that ilk.

No, could never happen, we could never turn into a police state, right my G20 friends?


3360...Best Superbowl Quote Ever

From Larry Merchant's 70's tome "...And Everyday You Take Another Bite" comes the quote of quotes.

Duane Thomas of the Dallas Cowboys was asked during the lead up to Super Bowl VI what it was like to play in the ultimate game. He asked, correctly I may ad, "If this is the ultimate game, why do they play it every year?"

Food for.


3359...Caffine Freaks Rejoice

The Ottawa Citizen reports that Pepsi is bringing out throwback cans of their sugar laden drink with the 1970's formula which includes real sugar.

Excuse me.

What kind of sugar are y'all using now?

Available until Gordie Howe's birthday.


3358...The Vince Lombardi Trophy Update

There are two Vince Lombardi Trophies. One is the the one that will be awarded to the winner of the Super Bowl this Sunday between Green Bay's Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The other VLT is rewarded and awarded on a far more regular basis at the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop on the New Jersey freeway which, according to Drew Lane on WRIF Detroit, is a full cruising rest stop.

Kinda fitting considering that Mr. Lombardi, although a hardnosed coach, was beyond open to gays and the other which back in his era, the '40s, '50s and '60s, was beyond admirable.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

3357...They Have Taken Down My Website

From the Van Sun less than four hours ago:

The internet domain names for popular video streaming websites and have been seized by the Department of Homeland Security according to a notice on the front page of both sites.

But the unprecedented seizure doesn't appear to have worked as planned, as one of the sites popped up again on an alternate URL within hours of being shut down.

ChannelSurfing and ATDHE have become central online hubs for people looking to watch TV shows and sports events that they don't have access to, either due to geological issues or a desire not to pay for the product. and are also part of the seizure warrant.

UFC mixed martial arts events, WWE wrestling cards, NBA games and NFL football have been cited as some of the properties being infringed upon by regular users. International soccer, rugby and cricket are also popular, as well as pay-per-view and premium cable movies.

The closure of the sites comes on the back of a broad sweep of up to ten websites dedicated to streaming content online without the agreement of legitimate sources.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were believed to be executing warrants after a federal order was unsealed Wednesday that order internet domain registrars to disable the sites in question.

The actions are intended to stop people form being able to use the sites and halt what federal authorities are calling the illegal actions of the owners while they pursue the identities of the site maintainers.

Illegal streaming websites operate by giving users the ability to list TV content that they are offering for free - and often illegal - download, as well as serving as repositories for online TV watchers to find pay-per-view sports and movies for free viewing. The site owners make money from advertising served alongside the streams.

This is a new tactic in the war against copyright infringement, as law enforcement officials and layers have long been hampered by the fact that many illegal streaming sites are based outside the US. By disabling the domain names of the websites, users can't get to what they're looking for, which cuts off the revenue streams of the site.

A notice on the site said it had been seized by homeland security, shortly before an official notice went up saying, in part, "This domain name has been seized by ICE - Homeland Security Investigations, Special Agent in Charge, New York Office, in accordance with a seizure warrant obtained by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York."

But within hours the site was back online at a slightly changed URL, serving international soccer streams and telling users "don't be alarmed, we will do our best to bring you back everything. Please use the links below to stream your live sports for now."

They used to scramble the codes for the cable decoders the week before the Super Bowl too.

Just being stronzos ICE is, stronzos.

Thankfully I figured out how to get the Syracuse [former number 3, lose 4 in a row and now number 17] versus UConn game.

BTW, I hear UConn isn't very popular in BC.



Pro life or pro choice both sides are bitches.

Myself, I am a libertarian and a Christian so I do believe that abortion is wrong but I think that imposing my value system on others is more wrong.

That said I do think this is a bit of fun via the Washington Post and Slate:

What do you do when you hate Planned Parenthood? In the case of anti-abortion group Live Action, you send actors posing as a pimp and a prostitute around to clinics and secretly videotape it à la James O'Keefe. On Tuesday, the group released the results of its "expose": a video that shows a Planned Parenthood employee in New Jersey telling the pretend pimp how to access abortions for his 14-year-old prostitutes fresh from over the border. According to the Washington Post, Planned Parenthood says that while its employee may have violated the organization's policies during the Jan. 13 visit, Live Action's ACORN-style sting is part of a misleading smear campaign. Anti-abortion activists say the video will strengthen their case against federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which receives millions each year to advise poor people on how to avoid getting knocked up.

If both sides spent less time on bullsh*t and more time on taking care of unwanted chil'ren the world would rock harder.


Still, they do provide some nice drama.

3355...You Are An Asshole

And I don't even know you. Imagine what the people who know you say about you.

Good thing I am in Canada and not in that bastion of human rights, Germany.

In an extreme version of the swear jar, Der Spiegel reports that a regional German politician has been slapped with a fine of $2,060 or 50 days behind bars for allegedly calling an anti-immigrant author an "ass." Lefty politico Helmut Manz, 43, is said to have uttered the oath during a protest against author and former Bundesbank official Thilo Sarrazin, who has just published an incendiary book railing against Muslim immigrants.

Mr. Sarrazin heard about Mr. Manz' slander, and filed a legal complaint. Mr. Manz has appealed the decision and remains defiant. "I'm not aware of having said that. It wasn't in my notes...All racists, which therefore includes Mr. Sarrazin, are assholes." Soooooo, he didn't say it but he meant it.

Mr. Sarrazin's suit may seem frivolous, but Germans take their slander seriously. Germans actually take everything seriously, note, World War I, World War II, the Holocaust. Cursing is a prosecutable crime in the country. Even giving another driver the one-finger salute can result in fines of up to $5,500.

Plus it has been impossible to find a decent brisket there for decades.


3354...Obama Is A Ford


That is what Barack Obama, the man who won the 2008 Prez elex on the thinnest of platforms, has turned into.

The button and t-shirt President.

The last Prez to build his policies around pithy little phrases was Gerald Ford. Remember WIN? Whip Inflation Now. I still have the t-shirt somewhere in the bowels of my world.

Mr. Barack Obama is up to the same dang thing. As Slate Magazine opined this morning "Now, instead of tough talk, the president is offering stirring slogans. "Win the future" was the theme of his State of the Union address. "We do Big Things" is now on T-shirts available to Obama donors. "Startup America" was unveiled Monday to encourage entrepreneurs. If the first lady hadn't taken "Let's Move" for her anti-obesity campaign, it could have been used for the president's push for high-speed rail."

We need more than that from the leader of our 11th province.

Do something.

People may hate on Prime Ministers Pearson, Trudeau and Mulroney but they did something.


3353...New Fave Station


For old dudes like me who remember CHOM when CHOM was CHOM [i.e. sitting in your friend's parents basement getting high and listening to the radio]welllllllll WEBN, Cincy, has that free form feel.

Check it out at work.


3352...The Sky Is Falling

It is snowing in Ottawa.

It, apparently, is the first time that has happened.