February 2007 Archives
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February 28, 2007 @ 08:08
Last week I wrote a piece about going to a retirement seminar and meeting two women. TA Marsden and Bernie Wadsworth.
While talking with TA I found out about the Pat Marsden Foundation which has been established to help needy kids join clubs and groups that require registration money. I thought it was a great idea and would provide a fitting legacy to a man who was loved by so many people in Toronto.
As TA told me, Pat didn't have a lot growing up himself so this is the perfect way to keep his memory alive.
And what a pleasant surprise when I received a call from TA yesterday asking me if I would become an honourary director. I immediately accepted and now anxiously look forward to the next fund raiser which will be held at Yonge and Dundas Square over the St. Patrick's Day Weekend.
It's called the 3 Day St. Patrick's Day Bash and it promises to be good fun for a good cause for a good guy.
I'll have more details as the date approaches.
February 28, 2007 @ 08:05
Remember this day, February 27th, 2007, the day the Liberals and NDP got together with the Bloc Quebecois and put you and your families safety at risk.
The opposition parties joined forces to vote down the extension of two controversial anti-terrorism measures the Conservatives wanted to extend for three years
The measures empower authorities to detain suspected terrorists without charge and to compel individuals with knowledge of terrorist activity to testify before a judge.
The Harper government says the provisions are needed to keep the country safe from terrorists, but the opposition parties say they go too far and infringe on civil liberties.
Ironically it was the Liberals who introduced the bill following 911, and neither one has ever been used, but Stephane Dion was hell bent to see the extension get squashed and he won. He won, but the country loses.
As of next Thursday when the provisions expire, Canadians will become a little more vulnerable because Stephane Dion chose to pander to the hysterical left and play politics with our safety.
But what the hell, I guess it's more important to make suspected terrorists feel a little more comfortable in good old Canada.
And we wonder why the Yanks are pushing the passport thing?
February 28, 2007 @ 08:04
Last night I went to buy gas for my wife's car and it wasn't easy. I had to go to four stations before I could find high grade gas and it left me in a state of pissedoffedness.
I don't buy it. If the big oil companies didn't have a history of price fixing and gouging I might be able to find a little sympathy in a refinery fire in Nanticoke, but I'm sorry, I smell a rat.
I keep searching for the answer but I haven't heard it clearly defined yet. If the oil refinery fire was an Imperial Oil problem, why couldn't I get gas at Sunoco and Petro-Canada last night?
I wonder, I just wonder if this is another case of collusion. Here's my conspiracy theory.
Imperial Oil has a problem at a refinery that will force them to raise their prices, but the other oil companies won't be affected. Imperial goes to the other guys and says "if we have to raise our prices and you don't, then you're going to get all the business and we'll get none."
The boys all get together and decide that goes counter to their long and illustrious history of working together through price fixing and controlled shortages, so they agree that everyone will have a shortage and everyone will raise their prices.
Crazy? It might be but I think these bastards are capable of anything.
And here's something that is really crazy. Yesterday when pressed by the media about the gas shortage in the province, Ontario Energy Minister Dwight Duncan said "so what." In the middle of an energy shortage in his province, whether real or orchestrated, the Energy minister said "so what."
The Tory Tory years are coming.
ARGH! or Andrew Raycroft's Glove Hand
February 28, 2007 @ 08:03
I'm not about to blame Andrew Raycroft solely for the past couple of Leaf games, but I really don't understand managements unwavering commitment to this guy.
Why wouldn't Jean Sebastian Aubin have started against the Sabres last night? Raycroft had a soft night in Montreal allowing five goals on 15 shots, and then Aubin shuts them out the rest of the way. Why not let J.S. have an actual start against Buffalo?
This has to be a personality thing between Aubin and Paul Maurice.
There was talk yesterday of the Leafs trying to acquire Curtis Joseph before the trade deadline and that's just ridiculous. At this point there would be very little too choose between Aubin and Joseph yet the Leafs were apparently willing to trade some future for Cujo. It just doesn't make sense.
In the end, its Leaf fans who are suffering. Andrew Raycroft is not the answer to their present or their future. He can make some spectacular saves, but you simply can't trust the guy over the long haul. ARGH!
Third Time Is The Sweetest
February 28, 2007 @ 08:02
I don't know what to think about the Yanic Perrault thing. The Leafs have gotten rid of him twice before and they could have signed him as a free agent this summer with no compensation but chose not to.
But yesterday they give up a young defenceman in Brendan Bell and a second round draft choice.
I sit here in Brampton, in my underwear in front of my computer thinking that on some level I'm smarter than the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
That can't be.. can it?
Meanwhile, after last nights stinker against Buffalo I recieved the link to this website started by a Leaf fan.
Mel and Me
February 28, 2007 @ 08:01
A lot of things contribute to making my daughter the wonderful person she is, but at the top of the list is her love for kids and animals.
Shortly after she moved into her new apartment in August she told me she wanted to get a pet and she ended up with bloody rabbits of all things. She calls them Bacon and Eggs.
Her mother and I warned Melanie not to get the goddamn rabbits but after one trip to the Humane Society she fell in love with these things that do nothing more than sit and shit.
But what are you gonna do? The kid loves animals and I love her and how can you argue with compassion - the type of compassion that allows me to receive this e-mail from Melanie yesterday. There was no message with it, just this link.
Radio Vet Lee Eckley Checks In
February 28, 2007 @ 08:00
Yesterday I had a posting called "The Evolution of Rock and Roll" and it rubbed somebody the wrong way.
In the posting I said this "Talk about the evolution of rock and roll. I remember back in the early 80's Q-107 listeners would often accuse CFNY of playing nothing but "fag" bands and the Police were near the top of the list.
It didn't take long before I got a response from Toronto radio veteran Lee Eckley who wrote this.
February 27, 2007 @ 08:35
I'd like to thank everyone for responding to the new FreddieP.ca yesterday. It was great to hear from so many.
Like Bruce Barker, James Edgar, Andy Wilson, Ivar Hamilton, Kevin O'Leary, Fred Ball, Donny Patterson and Phil Evans who thinks there should be more boobies on the sight. All these people are near and dear to my heart.
February 27, 2007 @ 08:34
This morning I'm listening to the Bill Carroll Show on CFRB and he's talking about global warming.
It seems Bill has the same attitude that I do; global warming is a problem but the Al Gores and David Suzuki's of the world are dreaming with their timetable for turning things around. And that's why Kyoto is a joke.
Carroll also made a point about the hypocrisy of the Green movement. People yell and scream and yap about the environment while pointing fingers at Conservative governments and big oil companies and then they turn around and break most of the basic rules themselves.
They leave lights on, they use air conditioners and they litter. All the grass roots stuff that has to be addressed before we attack those who are employing millions of people.
It drives me nuts when I see Christmas lights till burning in February, garage lights burning through the night, and tons of garbage at every off-ramp in the GTA.
Nothing, absolutely nothing is going to change until things change at the level where "we" can actually control change. At our level. The people's level. The level that doesn't need rules or legislation.
As we bolt towards the next federal election I'm preparing myself for the insincerity of what will be the number one issue, the environment. The Liberals and NDP will make it the number one issue to pressure the Conservatives, knowing that when all is said and done nothing much will change.
And the Conservatives as the ruling party will get sucked into it as nothing more than a defense mechanism, again knowing nothing much will change.
They all know nothing can change until the people change and from what I gather the people don't have time to give the environment anything but lip service. Insincere lip service.
February 27, 2007 @ 08:33
While driving my son to and from the airport yesterday I listened to the fellas on the Edge and I really shouldn't do that because it makes me jealous.
They're having a lot of fun on the Dean Blundell Show and I hope those guys appreciate the freedom they get. I know a couple of other guys who took it for granted for several years and it's a rude awakening when all of a sudden one day you have to play by the same boring rules as most of the stations at the top of the ratings.
Enjoy every minute of it boys.
I caught two great bits yesterday. The first was "Wha' Happened" which featured an intriguing story about a young girl who got out of bed stark naked and pissed in her boyfriends sock drawer. Oh yea!
And then later on I heard "Todd on the Street" and it made me want to piss in my drawers. Todd went to the Auto Show and proceeded to tell several well endowed women that they "Auto Show him their boobies."
I don't care what anybody says, that's funny shit. And any radio geek who claims it's infantile and or in poor taste is one of two things. A liar or jealous they can't do the same stuff.