March 2011 Archives
March 29, 2011 @ 18:16
Wow. Get a load of this. But before you do, let me ask you this.
I'm absolutely floored that my buddy Toronto Mike would go to the lengths he has. He's actually posted a countdown clock on his website entitled "Countdown to when it's OK to revisit Freddie P's Conservative Party Propaganda Machine."
"It's essentially unvisitable until this election passes, so for your convenience and mine, I've created this handy little countdown clock says Mike."
Strictly because it supports the Conservatives isn't enough. Tell us Mike, why is that bad? Why don't you and your buddy Romy come up with a few reasons?
Mike is an NDP supporter and I know they have a different slant on reality, but what he's created on his usually excellent blog borders on creepy.
It's sorta like what Khadafy's doing over there in your Libya right now.
March 29, 2011 @ 08:08
I woke up to birds chirping outside my window in Peterborough this morning and I thought of a conversation I had with my wife and son on the weekend. They love to wake up to this sound, especially in the spring and so do I.
And there's another reason I love the sound of birds in the morning. It reminds me of my dad who passed away three years ago today.
My dad was the bird king. When I was a kid he raised canaries in the basement, and then about 20 years later, he raised them again in his garage in Milton.
Dickie had all kinds of bird stuff. Bird books, bird pictures, a bird clock that chirped a different bird every hour, he made bird houses and bird feeders, and back in the 70's during the CB radio craze his handle was Scarborough Blue Jay.
The bird feeders were fascinating when Dick and June lived in Stayner. Dickie knew what to put in what feeder to attract certain kinds of birds and it was fun to sit there and enjoy the wild variety of birds that inhabit Ontario, sometimes it felt like a freakin' sanctuary.
They say that time heals, and for me it has. When my dad first died it was hard to imagine living the rest of your life without someone who meant so much to you, but as time goes on and we go about our busy lives the hurt turns into a different feeling, feelings of warmth and contentment that come through great memories, like the bird memories.
Dickie lived a great life and was a great father and we had him for close to 83 years.
Everyone should be so lucky.
By the way, for those of you who ask about Junie, and there are many of you, she's doing fine. Still lovin' and laughin and cursin' in Mississauga. She still lives on her own, she still drives and she still walks the dog a couple of times a day.
She's a multi-tasker. She does all of this while desperately missing Dickie.
Today With Jeff McArthur
March 28, 2011 @ 08:45
Too Late Ruby
March 27, 2011 @ 10:18
Well it didn't take long. The election call came at nine o'clock Saturday morning, and by one o'clock Saturday afternoon I received a recorded phone message from my MP, Liberal Ruby Dhalla.
Dhalla won the last election in Brampton- Springdale by a slim margin, so this time around it's expected she's going to join a whack of other Liberal MP's and get the flush.
And from my perspective she deserves it. On four occasions since 2008 I've called her office to talk about issues and not once did I receive a return call. Not even from one of her handlers to explain why.
That's why I found yesterday's message so ironic. It talked of working together and being accessible. Bullshit. How do you work together when only one side is willing to pick up the phone?
Of course you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. Ever since nannygate back in 2009, Ruby has kept a low profile. Check that, she popped back into the news later in the same year with immigrant-seniorgate. But since then, I often wonder if she has left the country.
Anyway, I didn't hesitate to return the call yesterday, and what do you know, there was actually someone at her office and they were quick to tell me that Ruby will be happy to get back to me if I needed to talk.
Sorry, too late.
You might have a nice ass Ruby, but I want to see it kicked into orbit.
Comments We Like - John Ivison
March 26, 2011 @ 14:53
March 26, 2011 @ 10:24
While sitting in front of my computer this morning, I was entertained by two stand up comedians.
The first one was a guy named Terry Yonka, who claims to be an actual comic. He provided a great example of what concerns me as a Canadian. I've never met him, but he posts on the CanadianThinker.com facebook.
Terry posted the following this morning.
"I can't wait for the May 2nd election. This ASS has been running the country for seven years."
Explain why he's an ass. Take as much space as you want.
"There isn't enough space on facebook to explain how I feel right now."
Then I replied.
So your answer is, you don't have an answer. By the way, Harper has been running the country for five years.
Then Terry did the noble thing and removed his postings.
What bothers me, is that it's representative of how far too many people in this country make reckless political decisions. How far too many read headlines or listen exclusively to the CBC and then make superficial decisions.
There is nothing wrong with disliking Stephen Harper, but if you're going to make bold statements against the man, at least have the decency to explain and prove you're informed.
Even just a couple of paragraphs.
The other comic I listened to this morning was Jack Layton.
I can't help but laugh when I see him stand up and actually talk like he's got a shot at being Prime Minister. It would be like Brian Burke claiming the Leafs can win the Stanley Cup this year.
The only difference between the Leafs and NDP is that the Leafs could actually win in the future.
It's a great life for old Jack. He sucks off the national tit and can make all kinds of wild statements knowing full well that he'll never have to act on them, unless of course he jumps into bed with the Bloc.... while he's not critisizing our military.
It's a pretty good gig and pays better than Yuk Yuk's.
Are The Liberals Lyin'?
March 26, 2011 @ 09:00
Canadians have two important decisions to make over the next six weeks. Who are you going to vote for, and do you believe Michael Ignatieff.
Ignatieff came out this morning in denying he would form a coalition government if the Conservatives win another minority government, but don't forget, the Liberals said the same thing prior to forming the 2008 coaltion.
Do you believe Iggy? You better decide because a lot hangs in the balance.
It will be interesting to watch over the next six weeks how the lovable left in this country will attempt to legitimize a coalition government. It's the only hope for the mindless to see the definite end of Stephen Harper.
The Toronto Star is already at it. Anti-con Susan Delacourt is at it already writing a piece in today's Star about how coalitions can work, and technically she's correct.
But there's a big difference in Canada, and it's called the Bloc Quebecois. Any coalition that would include a separatist, treasonous outfit like the Bloc is totally unacceptable.
If there's a Conservative minority, and the Liberals and NDP don't get enough seats to topple them, the Bloc comes into play.
Once again I'll go back to 2004 before I started writing this blog. Apparently Stephen Harper made a move towards a coalition with the NDP and Bloc and I'm the first to say that would have been every bit as shameful as the attempt in 2008 by the other whack jobs.
But here's the key. It didn't happen, and given the shrewd politician that Stephen Harper is, who knows how serious he was. It very well could have been a test balloon that would never have come to fruition. But if it had, Harper would have lost me instantly.
To enter into a coalition with the Bloc is totally invalid, inexcusable and definitively insidious.
Anyone in this country who would support a coalition with the Bloc should lose their status as a Canadian. It should be documented and you should be exposed for spineless turn coat you are.
And that includes everyone. Even Stephen Harper.
And that's what amuses me about the likes of Susan Delacourt. So committed to her unfounded hatred of the Conservatives, she's be willing to support a coalition that would include a party whose sole purpose is to milk the rest of the country while they push towards breaking it up.
What blows me away is that my opinion isn't shared by every last Canadian from coast to coast. I struggle with the reality that there are those who actually give a coalition some consideration because of their own selfish political leanings. And I'm not talking about Bloc supporters because they aren't Canadians.
So it all comes down to this. If the Conservatives get anything short of majority Canada could have a coalition government that includes the Bloc.
Unless of course, you believe Iggy.
March 25, 2011 @ 18:20
"For the first time in the history of the Commonwealth, a government has been defeated through a contempt of parliament non-confidence vote."
It sounds a lot more dramatic than it is. Truth is, it's really the only way Stephen Harper could run a government with three ya-hoos on his tail, and he did a pretty good job of it I might add.
The Liberals, NDP and Bloc took step one of forming a coalition government on May 2nd and we can only hope it comes back to bite them in the ass.
There's no other explanation for it. The Liberals trail the Conservatives by such a wide margin, their only hope is to narrow the gap over the next six weeks, hope the Conservatives end up with another minority and then form a coalition with Bullshit Jack and Traitor Duceppe.
And before I gone on I should address the obvious. Yes, back in 2004 Stephen Harper apparently attempted to put together a coalition with the same two assholes, and I'm not going to defend it. But there are two points to be made - number one it would have been wrong and I wouldn't have supported it, but more importantly, it didn't happen.
Make no mistake about it, this is what the Michael Ignatieff has up his sleeve. If you think Bullshit Jack is thirsty for power, Ignatieff is in the middle of the desert with nothing but the sweat off his balls in the canteen.
It should be an interesting election. The gloves are going to come off and I'm sure the Liberals and the other two useless parties with go full bore at the Conservative for this contempt of parliament nonsense.
Vastly more important will be the coaltion question. When asked, will Ignatieff or Layton admit that's what they're up to. if they say no, they could end up big liars. If they say yes, they'll end up big losers.
But that's cool because in the end it's all up to you and me to consider all angles and then make a decision. If you really think the government is going to be better off in the hands of a coalition then go for it. Vote for one of the clunkers and suffer the consequences.
Or you could appreciate the shape the country is in, overlook the over-played contempt thing and once for all put this country firmly in the hands of someone who knows what he's doing.
It's a free country, do what you think is best.
Meanwhile, in my riding, Liberal Rudy Dhalla will be asked to respectfully get off my property if she happens to knock on my door, and first thing Monday morning I will be ordering the largest Conservative sign possible to put on my front lawn.
That's what I think is best.
Count Me Out Again
March 25, 2011 @ 18:08
(Re-posted from last year, with a couple of changes.) Earth Hour arrives at 8:30 Saturday night, and chances are, when it arrives I'll probably be doing what I always do on a Saturday night around that time, watching the hockey game in my rec-room.
There won't be a lot of lights on in the rec-room, but it won't have anything to do with Earth Hour, it's got everything to do with the fact I don't like a bright room when I'm watching television.
Meanwhile, the lights will be on upstairs in the kitchen and the foyer and probably the living room because we like them on in those rooms at night. The lights at the front of the house will be on also because I like the way my place looks when it's lit up.
If a load of washing needs to be done, it will be. If my wife wants to bake something in the oven, she will, and if my son wants to crank his electric guitar, he will.
Earth Hour is just another one of those goofy symbolic things along the way that makes me shake my head and laugh, and here's why.
Because day to day my family doesn't use a lot of electricity or waste a lot of energy but I'm willing to bet a lot of the people that will take part in Earth Hour tonight, "do" waste a lot of energy.
But Earth Hour will make them feel better about themselves. You know, like carbon credits make Al Gore feel better about the gross amount of power he uses in his seven houses.
The CN Tower will go dark. Big deal. What about the other 364 days of the year - same with lights at Niagara Falls, government buildings and all the huge skyscrapers in town.
Call me a cynic, but Earth Hour is a pointless event that only serves to feed a new industry, the industry that the likes of Gore and David Suzuki are getting rich off, the business of Green Hysteria.
Don't kid yourself people, it is big business and it is filled with con artists and hypocrites who don't see a safer or cleaner planet, all they see is opportunity, the opportunity to spread fear through nonsense while selling their act to every gullible goof on the block.
Here's what really makes me laugh. We have the likes of Gore and Suzuki selling us snake oil while tons of people are still throwing their Tim Horton's cups out their car windows. Just check out any off-ramp.
We're supposed to live in the dark for an hour, but there won't be any fewer cigarette butts laying on the ground.
Millions of suckers will take part, pat themselves on the back, and then go about their business as they always have.
I wonder how many Earth Hour T-shirts have been sold?
Last year I put new windows in my house that cost roughly half of what I bought my first house for. I'm also looking at a new high efficiency furnace and one of those tank-less water heaters. To some I may look like a hero because of all this, but really, it's got nothing to do with Green hysteria or wanting to help the environment, it's got everything to do with wanting to help Fred Patterson.
I'm doing this because I don't like a drafty house, I'd like an unlimited supply of hot water and I'd like my gas bill to be lower.
I also bought a couple of flat screen TV's in the past year. Very energy efficient, but that's not the reason I bought them.
It just so happens that all these products are now made with conservation in mind and by wanting them or needing them I will be doing my part for the environment by purchasing them - not necessarily by choice I might add, because just about everything we buy is more efficient today.
Cars run cleaner, appliances don't use nearly as much electricity and industry is being forced conform. Generally speaking we're doing a pretty good job of helping the planet through advanced technology and buying the products attached to it.
It's the realistic non-hysterical approach because when you get right down to it, considering our busy lives, there's not much more we can do other than bending over to pick up some litter or turning off our lights for an hour every goddamn night for the rest of time - and you know that ain't gonna happen - anywhere.
Yea, spare me the symbolism and the guilt trip and the hypocricy of everything connected to Earth Hour and the fear of an impending environmental disaster.
Take just half the bullshit attached to Earth Hour, dump it into the Atlantic Ocean, and that my friends would be an environmental disaster.