Sunday, March 31, 2013

5805...Did Peter Kormos Have A Tattooed Belly?

I think he may have.

Here is a quote my real world and Facebook friend Samuel Getachew posted.

 "When I die....if you want my organs, get them. I am going to the tattoo parlour and getting a dotted line on my belly that says - Upon death, open here" - Peter Kormos 1952 - 2013
That solves that.


5804...Why Time Begins Today

Or, more to the point, Washington Post writer Thomas Boswell explained Why Time Begins on Opening Day   in his 1984 book.

The boys of summer are back.

Let's go Yankees, let's go.


5803...Happy Birthday Sorta Newfoundland

The Dominion of Newfoundland celebrated Gordie Howe's birthday in 1949 by ceasing to exist.

It was on this day that Joey Smallwood's dream came true.  Newfoundland became Canada's 10th province.

Only took three referendums to get the answer that Mr. Smallwood wanted.

Some party today in Fort Mac I would be thinking.


5802...Today Should Be A National Holiday

It's Gordie Howe's birthday!


Saturday, March 30, 2013

5801...Bacon Jumps The Shark

I got this from Gawker.

J&D's Bacon Condoms™ are proudly Made in America of the highest quality latex.  Every Bacon Condom has been rigorously tested to help ensure reliability and the utmost safety for when you're makin' Bacon.  As an added bonus, J&D's baconlube™ ultra premium water based meat flavored personal lubricant has been generously applied inside and out for an even more hot pork experience. 

Bacon has now jumped the shark.


5800...Former Sunshine Boy Dies

That would be Peter Kormos, a Niagara Regional Councilor who represented Welland and who was MPP from that Niagara town for 23 years.

A life long Dipper, Mr. Kormos was also, for a brief period, in Bob Rae's cabinet back in the day.

He also was a Sunshine Boy during his earlier and more hirsute days.

It is widely reported that he died suddenly at home in Welland this morning.  He was 60.


5799...Conservative Senator Hires Girlfriend

This is a bit of an old story but one that has legs.

Earlier in March The Toronto Star reported that "A Quebec senator is in the spotlight over reports that he is in a romantic relationship with one of his employees on Parliament Hill.  Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, 64, is the latest member of the red chamber to come under scrutiny as part of the ongoing controversy surrounding expense claims."

Conservative Senator Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu is in an relationship with his aide, Isabelle Lapointe, according to Quebec media reports. The pair seen in a photo posted to Facebook, February 8, 2013.

He was told to give the woman, "...Isabelle Lapointe, a former criminal analyst who he hired to be his executive assistant, also in charge of communications, in August 2010." her walking papers back in the fall of '12.

He didn't get around to it til March of '13.  Just sayin'.

He was caught in a Mary MacGregor sandwich, Torn Between Two Lovers, his wife and his girlfriend.  Happens to the best of us, eh?  


Friday, March 29, 2013

5798...Ralph Klein Dies; Mark Bonokoski Angry

Mark Bonokoski, a Sun thingy, is mad at the Toronto Star coz when they put the news that former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein had died at 70, they ran this picture.

Seriously.  Mr. Bonokoski, can't you find better things to bitch about?


5797...Bad News For Tim Hudak Again

Ontario's biggest Buffalo Bills fan, ironic considering the Bills also choke in big contests, Tim Hudak is down in the polls.

It is running in every paper in Ontario the fact the Progressive Conservative leader in Ontario, the man who in 2011 blew a huge lead to Dalton McGuinty's Liberals, is down in the polls while the new preem, Liberal Kathleen Wynne is up.  The Dippers are also down.

The NDP being down is more bad news for the former Buffalo Jill.  Since their support is eroding they will be most likely to do the right thing.  Keep the Liberal party in power at the pink palace.


5796...Canada Is The First Thanks To Harper

The first.  Usually a good thing.  

It takes a Tory to screw a good thing up.

Ken Gray from takes it from here "When a good cause in the world needed to be addressed, Canada was once first in line to deal with it. Now this country is first in line to abandon it.  Canada has pulled out of a United Nations convention that battles droughts in Africa. This country is the only nation in the world to have pulled out of the group.  Foreign Minister John Baird ordered the withdrawal because he said the convention was expensive and showed few results. We are the only country in the world to have taken such action. Canada signed the convention in 1994."
Thanks Stephen Harper; you rock.

5795...Will Ferrell On Gay Marriage


5794...The Downside Of Gay Marriage


Thursday, March 28, 2013

5793...From People Who Brought U Marilyn Denis

The Marilyn Denis Show.  It usta be on CITY, now I think it is on CTV.  It sucks hugely.

The executive producer of that Can-con train wreck, Michelle Crespi, is introducing The Social to CTV.  The Social is a copy of CBS' The Talk which is a copy of ABC's The View.

The show is going to be stripped Monday to Friday and  "...will star Melissa Grelo, Traci Melchor, Cynthia Loyst, and Lainey Lui."

Unless you live in Toronto or live with Ms. Grelo, Melchor, Loyst or Lui you don't know who they are, eh?  Me too.  As in not.


5792...On The Mean Streets Of Brampton


5791...Katherine Wynne Needs To Get Out More

She is the new premier of Canada's most important province, Ontario.

Here is the deal.  The Sunshine List came out today.  It contains the names of all provincial employees who make over a 100,000.00 C$ a year.

CFRA reports that Katherine Wynne says that may be the threshold may have to be raised although, and this is my fave part, 100,000.00 C$ is still a lot of money to most people.



Like I give you money, vote, volunteer for the Libs and will continue to do so but if you want to get elected you gotta stop saying that.

Premier Wynne 100K is a lot of money to most, like 99 per cent, of the people.

Take a TTC tour by yourself, incognito, and you will see what I mean.  Not a lot of Sunshine Listers on the Red Rocket.

And don't say you cannot do it coz you will get recognized; if Uncle Drew can do it so can you.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

5790...Bill O'Reilly Fox News On Gay Marriage

I believe I just saw a pig fly by window.

That seals that deal.


5789...Spring Has Finally Hit Your Capital

Yes it has.

I saw several herds of buffet killers rolling out of The Running Room today in downtown Ottawa.

Good on them.


5788...Bob Rae Says Bye Bye Mon Job As Leader

The man who is the man, Bob Rae, packed it in as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada today.

Hey what a cool guy and what a great leader he was.

He doesn't appear to be going anywhere though; I am sure when the country rights itself and puts the Liberals back in charge of Canada he will be a front bench minister.


5787...Stephen Harper Should Read This

Eli Pariser on Upworthy writes that "The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world — higher than China, Iran, and Russia(!). That wasn't always the case, But when we began sending people to jail for nonviolent drug offenses, the prison population skyrocketed. Share now if you think the "land of the free" shouldn't look like this."

It, mandatory sentencing, has not worked in the United States.  In fact it has done the exact opposite.  It burdens the state with high costs for maintaining prisons and prisoners plus it has created a number of war zones in cities like Baltimore, DC and Miami.  War zones that are fueled by the lack of control over a product that is desired by many in those communities.

If it doesn't work there why would you, Stephen Harper, think that it is going to work here?


5786...Stephen Harper On Child Poverty

From Facebook.

True dat.


5785...Bob Rae Says Dress Like A Panda

To get the attention of our beloved Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  

Bob Rae, the leader of the Liberals in Ottawa, was responding to a mini revolt by muzzled Tory backbenchers who want to be heard and seen.  Mr. Rae was quoted by The Huffington Post as saying that "Maybe if the members who are unhappy dressed up like pandas the prime minister would pay them some attention."

Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party, took it one step further, pointing out that our PM choose to chill with pandas in as opposed to meeting with natives who had marched from here, there and everywhere to Ottawa.


5784...Premier Wynne Ont Helping Horse Racing

According to a press release I received from Dennis Mills, the Prez and CEO of Racing Future Incorporated, Premier Kathleen Wynne of Ontario is not going to be pulling the slots out of three more tracks.  They are Fort Erie, Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs.  

"Together with the earlier March 8 announcement of completed transition funding agreements with the Woodbine, Mohawk, Clinton, Hanover, London and Grand River tracks, this brings to nine the number of racetracks that have been given a new lease on life by the Wynne government..."  Hey I hope they help out Ottawa's own Rideau Carleton too.


The only thing that can save horse racing is the calendar.  It has to be turned back to 1934.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

5783...Mayor Rob Ford Is The First Ever

To be asked to leave a military party for being overrefreshed. 

Our fighting boys and girls in camouflage can and do drink.  To be the most overrefreshed in a room full of purposefully overrefreshed individuals is quite the accomplishment.  Kudos to you Mayor Rob Ford.

The story from The Toronto Star indicates that hizzonner  showed up at the "The Garrison Ball event...Dinner was set for 7 p.m...he arrived this year, around the time salad was being served...over the next hour, people in attendance noticed that the mayor seemed impaired. According to interviews, he was “incoherent,” “stumbling,” “rambling,” “intoxicated,” “slurring,” “seemed to be drunk,” “was nervous, excited, sweaty, out of it.”"


According to the story in The Toronto Star Mayor Ford's drinking has been an ongoing problem and he has been asked to check himself into rehab more than once.  Ain't happening btw.

The alcoholic Super Bowl, St. Paddy's Day, was a big deal for the former Carleton student.  He"...and a small entourage including at least two staff headed to a private room before midnight in the Bier Markt on the Esplanade."  Later in the evening, after repeatedly attempting to "...storm the dance floor...",  he over stayed his welcome.   "A senior staffer with Ford told the Star that Ford was escorted out by his own staff and some restaurant staff."

Prince Igor approves of this message.


Monday, March 25, 2013

5782...We Have A New [Democratic] Winner

Yes, we have a new winner in the Who Gives A F*ck category.

My plumber's ex employer, Libby Davies, sent me an email asking me to wish French passport holder and leader of the Dippers Thomas Mulcair, a happy first anniversary.

His anniversary was Sunday.

She sent out the email Monday evening.

And they wanna run the country.



5781...Hey, Chris Rock, It Is Worse In Canada

From his Facebook presence here is what Chris Rock had to say about March Madness.  For those of you living under a Rock March Madness is the 68 team tourney that decides the championship of NCAA men's basketball.

“So I’m watching the Kansas North Carolina game on tv .And I notice there are 9 black players and 1 white player btw the white player is amazing . Anyway I look in the stands and everybody is white .Since its known that college sports is big money . One could come to the conclusion that the nine black and one white player are playing to put 100 thousand white kids though college. I know no one is getting whipped or beaten but economically college sports are no different than slavery. I know a lot of black intellectuals will say we can do so much more than play ball and we can .But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t reap the benefits from sports .white kids that go to Syracuse and Georgetown do . These kids should be paid and allowed to get an education for themselves and there family’s for the rest of there lives. Black people not making money from college sports is like Arabs not making money from oil insane. We have our reparations lottery ticket right in our pocket and were not smart enough to cash it in.”
Mr. Rock is right and he is making an argument that has been made for decades.  It is an argument that dates back to, at least, the time of John Carlos and Tommie Smith, influenced by Harry Edwards, and their demonstration at the '68 Olympics.

As bad as it is in the NCAA it is worse here in Canada.  The NCAA mandates that kids go to class and graduate.  You may check out grad rates for all Division I, II and III schools in the NCAA at their website.  They compare the grad rates of non athletes to athletes.  You may cross reference by race, sport, gender and nationality to get a better/worse picture of what is what.

Canadian Intercollegiate Sport offers no such resource   I contacted their predessor, the CIAU, early in the century and they refused to even consider publishing grad rates, citing privacy issues.  I call bullsh*t.

CIS athletes  unlike most of their U. S. counterparts, do not not get full rides either.  Or partials.

Another thing that the NCAA strives for is gender equity.  Coz, under Title IX, which came in during the administration of Archie Bunker's favourite President, Richard E. Nixon, if you spend a buck on a boy in an educational setting you have to spend a buck on a girl.  That is why there has been an explosion in women's hockey, soccer, hoop and so on in the last couple of decades here and south of the border.  The CIS doesn't have to offer gender equity.

Good thing Mr. Rock isn't studying on Canadian college sports, eh?


5780...30 Years Ago Tonite

Rolling Stone picks up the story:

Thirty years ago tonight, the world first saw Michael Jackson moonwalk. The big moment came during the end of his performance of "Billie Jean" at the Motown 25th Anniversary special, taped at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and broadcast on NBC about six weeks later. The moonwalk only lasted two seconds and wasn't even that original (James Brown had been doing it for years), but Jackson executed it with stunning perfection. It captured the attention of the entire world, and the next day kids all over America were trying out the move on the playground. 

Yes, you are old.  


5779...Today's Reason To Drink/Go To Church

On this day in 0 Mary, the Virgin Mary, got pregnant.

The father was, of course, God.

The kid did okay for himself.


5776...Gay Marriage And Sunday Shopping

Let's face it.  Folks don't like change.  That is the problem, when you deconstruct it, that we, Canucks, had with gay marriage a few years ago.

And Sunday shopping.

I am an Ontarioioioian and I do recall that Sunday shopping, a relatively new feature in Canada's most important city, Toronto, was going to mean the end of the family.

Ditto gay marriage.

Hey, we still have families up here, eh?


The Yanks are just going thru the same bullsh*t as we did.  It's not really that they are against gay marriage it is just that, like us, most are just status quo, don't rock the boat types.

That's it.

That's all.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

5775...Who Has The Ugliest Wife?

This is a question that should never be asked.

If asked, it should never be answered.

The New York Daily News, among others, reports that former New England linebacker, the multi concussed and multi ringed Ted Johnson, a talk show host on KILT/CBS Houston radio, was asked by a caller in who had the ugliest wife in the NFL.

He said his ex teammate Vince Wilfork's wife Bianca was the ugliest.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilfork are the couple in the middle of this picture.

Mr. Johnson says he is sorry.  He also says he smells burnt toast.


5774...60 Minutes Is Delayed

Except on the west coast.

Seriously, in your lifetime has CBS' 60 Minutes ever not been delayed?

Except on the west coast.


5773...MichaelBlissSaysLiberalismDead In Canada

Right there in the middle of the smarty pants section of The Ottawa Citizen yesterday.

If Michael Bliss says it, it must be.

Hope there is good food at the funeral.


5772...Stretching Out In Canada

In less than a month everything will change.


5771...Flaherty2Become A Consultant For Wal-Mart

Edmonton Journal breaks the story.

He will be sooooooooooooooooo good at it.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

5770...Greens Are Stepping Up By Stepping Out

Oh yes they are.

The Canadian Press has word that "The Green Party of Canada says it will not run a candidate in the Labrador riding vacated by former Conservative cabinet minister Peter Penashue and is urging the NDP to follow suit.  In a statement released on Saturday, Green leader Elizabeth May says such co-operation would rally the progressive vote behind the Liberals and encourage proportional representation."

Of course Thomas Mulcair's head is way too big to miss out on any opportunity to get on TV, radio, have his picture on a sign, a flyer so the NDP won't be sitting this one out.

Nice try Ms. May.  Nice try.


Friday, March 22, 2013

5769...This Is Ireland

Global warming has taken an holiday.

Photo taken an hour ago by my mom's real world and my Facebook friend Cherry Willis in Carryduff.


5768...Best Tweet In The History Of History

Thanks to my crazed real world and Facebook friend Russell Barth for finding this.

Ah, memories of Father Ken Keeler.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

5767...Ottawa Is No Longer Number One

Say it ain't so Joe, say it ain't so.

Money Sense magazine puts out a yearly list of the best cities to live in Canada.  According to the Ottawa Sun your capital has been number one for the last three annums.  This year, horror of horrors, Calgary is number one.

BTW the city across the river from Ottawa, Gatineau, makes the middle of the list.  I guess the value of cheap beer, no real enforcement of the drinking age and strip clubs everywhere is not taken into account by Money Sense.



5766...Minimum Wage Should Be Maximized

That's what ACORN says.  CFRA reported that they feel that "...minimum wage should be indexed so that it increases every year based on the cost of living.  Ontario's minimum wage has been frozen at $10.25 since 2010."

As crappy as making 10.25 an hour, minus taxes is, it is still better than minimum wage all over the USA which in some states can be under three bones an hour.  

Personal friend of mine "Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi told CFRA while he would not speculate on the contents of the budget, he is speaking with labour and community groups to determine an appropriate mechanism to consider any increase to minimum wage."

I approve of ACORN's message.


5765...I Still Miss Dean Del Mastro

Dya think he will lose weight in jail?

You know, carbing up?

Just asking.


5766...Montreal Expos Coming Back

Warren Cromartie was on CTV Montreal yesterday promoting the return of Nos Amours to Major League Baseball.

Ain't gonna happen.

First off they need a new stadium.  I don't see Quebec or Montreal building another stadium.  Please don't tell me that the Big Owe is suitable coz it is not.  Even.  Close.


5765...Jesse Pinkman's Car Is For Sale

Lovely present for someone you love/loathe.  

Jesse Pinkman is, of course, a key player on AMC's Breaking Bad.  Buzz Feed says that "The car's currently on display at Mike Faris Auto Wholesale in Albuquerque, New Mexico -- near where "Breaking Bad" was shot -- and there's a sign on the windshield that reads, 'Jesse's car as seen on 'Breaking Bad' ... Make offer.'  Faris tells us, the car was originally leased from him by production ... but now that the show's over, they've returned it ... so he's putting it up for sale.  Faris tells TMZ, he's under strict orders from Sony Pictures Television NOT to sell the car until the final BB episode airs this summer ... but people are already making offers. Unfortunately, Farris says he's unable to consider any offer until Sony's deadline has passed."
One would presume this beauty, an 1984 Toyota Tercel 4WD, is going to go for a tad over book value.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

5764...Sometimes Harper Does What's Right

Bill C-279 immediately comes to mind.

It is being reported everywhere that Bill C-279 passed today.

Pour quoi Bill C-279 you ask?

It is Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca NDP MP Randall Garrison's private members bill which would add gender identity and gender expression to the prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act.  It sailed through the commons today and is on to the Senate.

That is why I call you, Stephen Harper, our beloved Prime Minister.


5763...Dropkick Murphys Dropkick Nazi Fan

The Dropkick Murphys are a Celtic punk band out of the centre of American Irishishness, Massachusets.  

The band is a party and a half and have floated through Ottawa at least once for the Bluesfest back in 2011.

They are hard and they are core and their fan base is pretty white and pretty Celtic.  But they are not Nazis, except for this fool who got a faceful from Ken Casey who sings and plays bass for the Murphys.

Dropkick Murphys Singer Kicks the Crap Out of Skinhead Doing Nazi Salute on Stage During St. Patrick's Day Concert

Things did not go well for Mr. Heil Hitler as the Rocks Off website reports:

It was St Patty's [sic] Day week, the shows were packed, and people were getting drunk. And Rowdy. Really Rowdy. As has become tradition the band invited the ladies to come onto the stage for their encore of "Kiss Me Im Shitfaced" 50+ ladies made it past the barricade and onto the stage and danced the song away. The band then kicked into "Skinhead on the MBTA" and a ton of dudes werre [sic] getting past security and the stage ended up being packed tighter than the underside of a real man's kilt. As the band kicked into T.N.T. by AC/DC some moron started seig heiling (the nazi salute) in time to the beat.Ken Casey noticed this and ran right over to the guy, smashed him in the face, took off his bass and hit him with that and then jumped on him and all out chaos ensued. We could only assume from our vantage point that said nazi got his ass kicked. About 30 seconds later Ken emerged from the pileup with his shirt torn and made his way back to the front of the stage. He strapped on his bass and said into the microphone "Nazis are NOT FUCKING WELCOME at a Dropkick Murphys show."

Ha ha.


5762...Ezra Levant And The Gypsies

My Facebook and real world friend Simon Evanik relayed this quote from SUN TV's Ezra Levant.  He tells me that the great man said that. "Well the gypsies have gypped us. Too many have come here as false refugees. And they come here to gyp us again and rob us blind as they have done in Europe for centuries … They’re gypsies."  Mr. Evanik tells me that he later apologized for the statement.

I think it is germane to point out the Mr. Levant is Jewish and Jews have had a history of people like Mr. Levant referring to them in the same fashion that Mr. Levant dissed gypsies.  Rather Goebellesque.

Pastor Niemoller must be rolling in his grave.


5761...Stephen Harper Safety Tips

From my Facebook and real world friend Kia Mennie:


5760...Happy Kurdish New Year

Raise a glass and have some pickled goat eyeballs in honour of year 1792 for Kurdistan.

It might be 1392 or 92.

My Kurdish friend Mas wasn't so sure what year it was.

Party on Dwayne.


5759...DR Over PR In SF

That's that world baseball thingy.

Not as big as the Olympics or the World Cup but a pretty big deal.

And the Americans, who truly invented the sport and have the best league in the world, er leagues in the world, are getting a little pissy, kinda like Canada was in the '60s about international hockey.



Monday, March 18, 2013

5758...Vic Toews, Stephen Harper And Jails

My good friend/crank Russell Barth would tell you that Vic Toews and Stephen Harper belong in jail.

He would be wrong.

But there seem to be a number of Tories, at all levels - Senate, Cabinet and House of Commons - who are jail eligible.

Methinks that Messrs. Toews and Harper should consider building a jail for their colleagues, something nice, with horses, baby blue barbed wire and a helipad.


5757...Good Thing She Was Wearing Panties

The chattering classes were all a twitter this morning over the front page of today's Globe and Mail.

Imagine if 17-year-old Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond she wasn't wearing panties?


5756...No Photo Radar In Ontario

Though the province and the city of where-ever-u-live uses the coppers to generate revenue even the province of Ontario finds photo radar a bit too sleazy.  

CFRA reports that Transportation Minister Glen Murray said that "We have no plans to bring photo radar back that I'm aware of and it's not on our agenda at all."
At least not until after the election.

5755...BYU Has To Win In Hoop And Football

NPR, that is the Yankee version of the CBC, tells that "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released this week the most significant changes to its scripture since 1981. The Mormon scriptures comprise four books: the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. Although there are grammatical revisions that will be contained in the 2013 edition of Mormon scriptures — available online now and in print format in August — the substantive changes come in terms of the introductions to the actual scriptural material."

Let me tell you that without reading the whole article I can tell you that they, the Mormons, changed the non black thing in 1978.  Here is, in my proper opinion, the reason.  Brigham Young University hoop and football is very important and when your primary athletes are LDS and blacks are the devil you limit yourself to only whites.  Other schools were integrating or had integrated by the mid 1970s and, frankly, white boys don't play corner back well; only one NFLer, Jason Sehorn, has played the position in recent years and white guys are not the end all and be all in hoop either.  So the Lord spoke through the president of the LDS in '78 and said "Mr. President, let us stop getting burned on long routes in football and in basketball let us have some one who can bring up the ball."  And so it was.

The Lord works in mysterious ways.


Sunday, March 17, 2013

5754...Is Senator Mike Duffy Lying Yet Again?


Jordan Press of Postmedia News wrote a story that ran from sea to shining sea ten days ago that indicated that even though Mike Duffy, the Senator from Prince Edward Island/Kanata, admits he scooped 90 large that he shouldn't have from your tax dollars, he hasn't paid a dime back.   By the by he said he would pay it back toute and suite.   

Just saying.


5753...Hitler Is Never In Style

The Hurriyet Daily News, my favourite english language Turkish newspaper, is one of the many media outlets on the planet that are running the story of Giorgos Katidis.  The 20 year old is a football, that is foreign talk for soccer, player in the elite Greek league.  Picking up the story, The Huffington Post notes that "...gave a Nazi salute after scoring the go-ahead goal Saturday in AEK's 2-1 victory over Veria in the Greek league. "

This gesture, one that Mr. Katidis swears he did not know was connected to fascism or the Nazi's or even Hogan's Heroes, has got him banned from Greece's national soccer team for life.

You thought Don Cherry was outrageous.


5752...Ireland Comes To America

I got this map off of Facebook.  I don't have a Canuck map but my understanding from talks with the Irish Ambassador here in Ottawa is that 38 per cent of Ottawans, the Ontario side, claim some Irish ancestry.

I had lunch with two summers ago with Bob O'Billovich, the longtime CFL player, coach and executive, and he told me that his part of the world, Great Falls, Montana, had the most Irish of any place in America.  Mining town.  I asked him what was up with his name and he told me that his people were Serbian but they put the O' thing in front of their name so they could pass for Irish and be more employable in Montana.

A reverse NINA.


5751...What Would Tom Flanagan Say About This?

About a story I just read in The Toronto Star.

Apparently a lad in Newfoundland, St. John's to be precise, is in a heap of trouble "...and is facing several charges, including possession of child pornography and mailing obscene material, after allegedly ordering a child sex doll from Japan."

Please forward this to Tom Flanagan; see what he has to say, eh?


5750...The Last Word On Lance Armstrong

From Facebook.  Don't know what paper it is from.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

5749...Here Is The Definition Of Poverty In Canada

A man at 10 pm on a Saturday night standing in front of the Metro, a grocery store, in the Island Park area of Ottawa.

Island Park, West Wellington, Westboro is one of the wealthiest residential areas in the capital of one of the wealthiest countries to ever exist.

That is the definition of poverty in Canada.


5748...Paul Rose, Terrorist, Dies

Or freedom fighter.  Depends on which side of the issue you are on.

Paul Rose was a member of the Front de Liberation du Quebec.  The FLQ were a group of terrorists/freedom fighters who brought the whole Quebec thingy to a head in the autumn of 1970, making the Quiet Revolution a very loud one, with their kidnapping of James Cross, a British diplomat and Pierre Laporte, a Quebec minister and a Liberal/federalist.

Mr. Laporte was subsequently murdered by Mr. Rose and his crew.  Mr. Rose served 13 years in jail for murdering the minister.

No matter your feelings about the FLQ I feel free to posit that they accelerated the reality of the independence movement in Quebec and helped to subsequently legitimize the movement through the Parti Quebecois.  Canadians and Quebecers are not generally brutes and the revolution came from the ballot box. Less than a decade after The October Crisis La Belle had its first referendum on independence.

It was widely reported that "The 69-year-old suffered a stroke at Sacré-Coeur Hospital in Montreal, the magazine L’Aut’Journal, where he was a contributor, announced on its website."

It is not for us to judge him now; it is in the hands of a much higher power.


5747...Thomas Mulcair Is All Wrong

About Keystone.

As Andrew Coyne points out in, among other journals, today's Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Mr. Mulcair wants the oil pulled out of the sands of northern Alberta to be refined in Canada.  Problem is we don't have the infrastructure and our American allies do.

That's it; that's all.


Friday, March 15, 2013

5746...White Smoke In Rome; Black Smoke In Dal

From Len Berman's That's Sports.


5745...Best Commentary On The Pope Thing

I respect Catholics. We spent the last few days making fun of their Pope and Church and not a single person got killed for it. Take note you bonehead Islamic fundamentalists!


5744...More On Gay Marriage

"I was against gay marriage until I found out I didn't have to get one." - James Carville.


5743...Conservatives Are Tres Confusing Pour Moi

They are all about freedom, right?

Unless you say something they don't agree with.

Take this story from  Senator Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, a conservative dude, was taken down a peg or three by the freedom loving folks attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in D.C. today coz he feels that gay people, including his son, should be free to get married.  An attendee at the conference, David Kern, said that his son's choice of college was the straw that turned his son gay.  Mr. Kern said "Well what did Sen. Portman expect when he sent his son to Yale?"

On reflection perhaps Mr. Kern said had a point.  I have been a lot more you-know since I took Art History in second year.



5742...This Day In Politics: Julius Caesar

Was retired.

Wayne and Shuster at their best.


5741...Jenny McCarthy Is Crazy About Science

Crazy as in nuts.

Or wrong.

My real world and Facebook friend Julien Feldman shares this.

On the other hand, for what it is worth, nothing, Jenny McCarthy is hotter than Mr. Feldman.


5740...Harper Looking At Private Prisons To Save $

I, of course, have a better idea on how the Canadian guv can save money on prisons.

No mandatory sentences.

They don't work, they don't lower crime rates and they are expensive.

Stephen Harper, yer welcome.


5739...Carleton Basketball Est Kaputski

The women fell today in Regina to the Calgary Dinos.

Ah but at least they made the nationals.  They keep knocking on the door and someday, sooner rather than later, they will be champions.

Just not this year.


5738...The Mayor Of Yer Capital Is All Pissy

That would be yer honour Jimmy Watson.

What he is all pissy about is the fact that, according to what I heard on 1310 News, the province of Ontario is going to drop a casino in both Toronto and Ottawa but the Toronto barn will have more toys, more money, may be even nicer broadloom.  Hizzhonour is so pissy that he is threatening to have no casino in downtown Ottawa.  This of course comes after bitching for years that the Lac Leamy Casino in Hull, a mere ten minutes real time from Parliament Hill, is sucking crucial degenerate gamblers shekels out of Ottawa.

On this subject, are you as surprised as I am that Toronto still doesn`t have a casino?  Me too.

One less thing to do in


Thursday, March 14, 2013

5737...Woody Allen Is The New Pope

 I have to stop drinking.

Wait, why would I stop drinking.


5736...Peter Penashue Leaving Ottawa

CBC reports that ``Conservative cabinet minister Peter Penashue has resigned his seat in the House of Commons to run again in a byelection, he announced Thursday in a news release, and has paid the government $30,000 in compensation for "ineligible contributions" he accepted.``

Todd Russell, the Liberal MP he beat by 79 votes last time out, pointed out that no one gives up a seat at the cabinet table unless something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

And the beat goes on and on and on.


5735...Free Condoms Equal Trip To Riker's Island

Anyone who has watched Law and Order knows about Riker's Island.

Here is the deal, according to The Village Voice, do gooders in many big cities, including Ottawa, give away condoms for free.  I know I take advantage of that; saves me close to four dollars a year.  They also give them away so sex workers, also known as hos, don't get sick.

Great idea.

The New York City Department of Health's free condoms.
Except in New York City the cops are using poss of multiple free condoms, condoms that the New York Department of Health rightfully gives to prostitutes, as probable cause for arresting sex workers for being just that.

It is, as my sainted mom would say, a double edged sword.  Damned if you do and damned if you don't.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

5734...Thank God There Is No Poverty In Canada

Wrong again WFDS.


5733...Gang Problem In Northern Ontario


These motherf*ckers will f*ck you up bad.


5732...Stompin' Tom Lives, Really, Sorta

Many white folks in Ottawa are familiar with Lucky Ron.  LR has a long running show on Saturday afternoons at The Chateau Lafayette just down the hill from The Hill on the Byward Market that is always sold out.  The best way to describe the show is Stompin' Tomesque.

Now I see on LR's Facebook feed that he has been approached to do a Stompin' Tomesque national tour.

A star is born?

Couldn't happen to a nicer man than Lucky Ron.


5731...News In Ottawa Has Gone To The Dogs

Or puppies.

Seriously your capital, my hometown, Ottawa, has to be the mellowest big city on the planet.  The news reflects that.  Back in the day the late and lamented Frank Magazine usta call The Ottawa Citizen The Petfinder coz it ran so many stories about animals.

Flash forward to this very day and one of the lead stories on 580CFRA, the dominant newser in town, is about a puppy that ended up in the middle of the scary, truly, Rideau River and had to be rescued by the fire department.

How cute is that, eh?


5730...Smoke At The Vatican; Smoke On The Hill


5729...If The Pope Had Of Been Quebecois...

This would have been the cartoon in the next day's Montreal Gazette.

That Aislin.


5728...A Pope From The Americas


Pope Francis The One.

The funny thing about this is how a lot of silly folks involved in social media, you know Twitter, Facebook and the like, are all up in arms that the new pope, er, Pope, is conservative.

Imagine.  The CEO of the oldest Christian denomination being conservative.

In other news:  grass is green; water is wet and; the sky is blue.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

5727...Charles Adler On The Prime Minister To Be

For those of you who don't know of Charles Adler he is a right of centre talker out of the 'peg who styles himself as a national talk show host ala Rush, Savage, Hannity et. al. down south.

BTW he is not on the radio in your capital so there goes that national host thingy.  Nonetheless he is clever and thru the power of the 'net we can all catch his act at various times.  Plus, if you get it, he is also on SUN TV.  

He is a Facebook friend of the WFDS and this is what the man had to say about Thomas Mulcair today:

MulcairMuff - NDP leader NOT supporting Keystone while traveling in the U-S. He's just busy pretending to the PM in waiting. This is politcally and patriotically dumb. It makes many Canadians think Jack Layton's been replaced by Jack Ass

Score one for Mr. Adler.


5726...Not All Cardinals In Roma To Pick Pope

Three of the greatest Cardinals of all time are suspiciously absent.

Bob Gibson.

Tony LaRussa.

Ozzie Smith.

They don't talk about that in the mainstream media.



5725...Charles Angus[Who Dat Be?] Hates On JT

Note I found on Facebook from the NDP member from I-don't-know-where applauding himself while hating on the next leader of the Liberals.

Message to Justin -- this is what public service looks like. I gave up a weekend at home to give the keynote address at Queens Medical school and received a cup and cap. I was honoured to be there. MP Justin (Youth critic for the liberals) charged a school board $15,000 to speak and then hit them up for $780 in limo fees.
You should be honoured to be there stronza; reality is he is a rock star and brings in more than he gets.

I would wager that even though they didn't pay you they still lost money on you.

Stars be stars.  You no star.


5724...Scott Timmins Won't U Please Come Home

Your home.

Scott Timmins is a lack luster player on a lack luster team in a town that doesn't really care about hockey.

Mr. Timmins, 24, plays for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League, a Florida Panthers affiliate, and has had a couple of cups of coffee in the NHL.  

He should stick to coffee.

Today the grinder is the lead story in San Antonio.  

He went out and got pinned with the boyz Sunday night and was so over refreshed that he ended up crashing on the chesterfield.  Problem was/is it was not his chesterfield.  Or his house.  

He ended up on Benjamin Garza's chesterfield and when he was discovered at the un Godly hour of 3.30 in the morning by Mrs. Benjamin Garza there was a lot of confusion followed by a call to the police.  

The San Antonio Express says that Mr. "Timmins was charged with criminal trespassing of a habitation, a Class A misdemeanor. He was released from jail Monday after posting $800 bail."

He is from Hamilton btw; and I thought Hammertonians knew how to drink.

Wrong again.


5723...Wanna Meet Dean Del Mastro?

I would be thinking he will be back home, Peterborough, ON, tomorrow.

It is widely reported that tomorrow that the biggest thing ever to happen in Peterpatch is going down Wednesday.  In the aftermath of today's memorial for Stompin' Tom Connors their will be a public celebration of the man's life at the Peterborough Memorial Centre tomorrow afternoon.

Say hi to El Roundo for me.


5722...Thomas Mulcair Is Back Where It Started


Interestingly the ancestral home of what is now the official opposition in Canada, Saskatchewan, is a virtual no fly zone for the federal New Democrats.  No seats federally for the last four elex; only nine seats provincially.

Jason Warick, writing for the two big dailies in Sask, The Leader-Post and The Star-Phoenix, wrote that "Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said reviving his party in Saskatchewan is one of his highest priorities."

Tommy Douglas must be churning in his urn.


5721...Hating On JT; Not Justin Timberlake

The other one.

Justin Trudeau.

The National Post yesterday ran an editorial that painted the Liberal JT as a rock star with a fickle fan base.  Even pointed out that, with the exception of Ronald Reagan, even the Americans have politicians in The White House.

Uh, doh, doncha all remember where Justin Trudeau grew up?  It's not just daddy's side of the fam that was on The Hill.  Grampa Sinclair was a pol too.  A minister.

He has just done what many do.  Gone into the family business.

Plus, as The National Post points out, he and the others running for the leadership of the Reds, 300,000 voters, about 1 per cent of the country, are engaged in the leadership race.

No need to hate.


Monday, March 11, 2013

5720...I Love Lawyers

For true.


If I could make this stuff up before it happened I would be the Mark Twain of this generation.

In a major victory for depressed guinea pig owners everywhere, Kendra Velzen won a $40,000 settlement from Grand ValleyState University after the college restricted the 28-year-old student from carrying her pet guinea pig around the school's campus. Velzen, who suffers from depression and uses a pacemaker, was permitted to keep the rodent in her pet-free dorm because, as her lawyer put it, the guinea pig (named Blanca, by the way)  "provide[d] her with emotional support and attachment (reducing symptoms of depression), and physiological and psychological benefits." But the school drew the line at allowing the animal into dining halls and class. So Velzen sued, claiming the school violated their agreement with her.



5719...Sh*t Is Getting Seriouser In MTL

Cut and paste from Global Montreal:

MONTREAL - According to reports, a City of Montreal employee took his own life only a few hours after meeting with the Sûreté du Québec. 

The former head of the licensing division in NDG was apparently interrogated at length on Friday by detectives from Quebec’s anti-corruption unit. The following day, he was found dead in his home by family members. 

An NDG borough spokesperson has confirmed that the employee's colleagues were informed of his suicide on Monday morning but have no further comment on the subject. 

"We are shocked and deeply saddened by the suicide of a Côtes-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce employee," said the Projet Montreal in a press release. "We wish to express our sympathies to the family." 


5718...The Mayor Is Off To Jail

The New York Times has just reported that Kwame Kirkpatrick, who at 31 became mayor of Detroit, has been "...found guilty on...a range of charges, including corruption and fraud, at the completion of a five-month trial. Jurors reached consensus on 40 of the 45 charges leveled against Mr. Kirkpatrick and his co-defendants, the judge in the trial said."

Mr. Kirkpatrick won two elections as mayor of Detroit until resigning in 2008.  Sevenish years wearing the chain.

Sex, no drugs, lots of money is what brought this man down.  He lost his career, his hometown [he and his wife live in the Dallas Metroplex with their three kids] and soon, he is looking at 20 years in jail, his freedom.


5717...Toronto's Idea Of A Scandal --- LOL

At one end of the 401, Montreal, scandal involves millions upon millions of dollars, the odd body and a bit of jail.

At the other end of the 401, Detroit, scandal involves millions upon millions of dollars, the odd body and a bit of jail.

In Toronto, the city that so wants to be bad to the bone, scandal involves their over refreshed boorish mayor touching an ugly woman's bum.

Not saying it is right coz it ain't but scandal, that's no scandal.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

5716...Pope Election Update


5715...People To Hate

Dianne and Kerry Carmichael of Arizona.

The Stir reports that earlier this year they won a cool mill on Powerball, the Yankee version of 6/49.

The Stir also reports that in December of '95 they won a cool 3.5 on Powerball.


5714...Carleton Is Number One Yet Again

The boyz basketball team beat Lakehead like a rented mule in front of about 3,000 fans at Ottawa/Kanata's Scotiabank Place.

Like may be 95/45.


Nine national championships this century.

Is no bad.


5413...How The 1% + 1% Wannabes Don't Get It

In my view many politicians and media types are 1% wannabes.  They like the life, the cocktails, wearing wedding guest clothes most of the time.

Then they forget that they are not 1%.  They are 1% wannabes.

My real world and Facebook friend Mitch St. Pierre had this on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez' demise:

Mitch St.PierreOne of the more bizarre takes on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's death comes from Associated Press business reporter Pamela Sampson (3/5/13):
"Chavez invested Venezuela's oil wealth into social programs including state-run food markets, cash benefits for poor families, free health clinics and education programs. But those gains were meager compared with the spectacular construction projects that oil riches spurred in glittering Middle Eastern cities, including the world's tallest building in Dubai and plans for branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim museums in Abu Dhabi."
That's right: Chavez squandered his nation's oil money on healthcare, education and nutrition when he could have been building the world's tallest building or his own branch of the Louvre.


5412...Ron Paul Visits Ottawa

He is the medical doctor who got this whole Tea Party thing going and he came to your capital to talk to alleged fellow travelers.  Le Gang Stephen Harper.

What he told them may have been a bit hard for the hard headed Stephen Harpers to digest.

"The war on drugs is lost."

Oh yeah, and mandatory sentences are stupid.

This war on drugs thing, which kicked off the day Lenny Bias died, has been an abysmal failure down south, putting, as Ron Paul pointed out, more people in prison in the USA than in China.

An uber strong libertarian, Dr. Paul feels that if an adult wants to smoke pot, let him.  Especially considering all the bad drugs, tobacco, booze and pharmaceuticals that the government let's adults use.  And stop sending people to jail for lifestyle choices.

Excuse the pun but his speech had to be a hard pill to swallow for the Canuckistanians Conservatives in the room.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

5411...Happy Birthday Barbie

What I presume is the most popular doll of all time, Mattel's Barbie, turns 54 today.

Raise your glass.


5710...Teacher's Gotta Gun

In South Dakota at least. reports that "South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard just signed a bill allowing teachers to be armed. What could go wrong?"

Firefights in Kindergarten for starters.


5709...We Are Not Number One. Or Two. Or...

Twenty two.

That would be the universities in your capital, Ottawa.

Chris Holski of 580CFRA reports that "Ottawa U and Carleton were kept out of the Top 100 in an annual list of the world's most-respected universities published this week.  They weren't among the three from Canada who appeared in the Times Higher Education rankings.  The University of Toronto was 16th, with UBC and McGill tied at 31st.  44 of the schools are American.  The Top 5: Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, Oxford and Berkeley.

Just ask your waitress about the value of a Carleton education.


Friday, March 8, 2013

5708...International Women's Day Ala PM Harper


5707...Not A Cheerleader In Sight In Your Capital

They, the CIS, are holding the 2013 university basketball championships at Kanata/Ottawa's Scotia Bank Place.

There are eight universities involved.  

None of them have cheerleaders.

This is wrong.


5706...We Should Do This With Stephen Harper

After all he is our beloved Prime Minister, eh?

The Daily Mail reports that "Hugo Chavez's body will be preserved and forever displayed inside a glass tomb at a military museum not far from the presidential palace from which he ruled for 14 years, his successor announced Thursday in a Caribbean version of the treatment given Communist revolutionary leaders such as Lenin, Mao and Ho Chi Minh."

Now would be a good time.


5705...Bad News For Toronto

The sanctimonious and boring Olivia Chow, currently an Member of Parliament for a random Toronto riding tells The Toronto Sun that she is considering running for mayor of the most important city in most of Ontario.


5704...Bacon Is Not Just For Breakfast Anymore


You can also wear it.

Like this young lady.

Got this from via Milky at BOB in Ottawa. Says that "Iowa just held their 6th annual Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival in Des Moines. This is a dress made entirely of bacon by a local seamstress created for the 2013 Bacon Queen pageant which took place at the fest. "