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Cooke, Lumby And Layton

March 23, 2011 @ 08:07

I should have gotten to this earlier, but there really isn't a lot to say about the Matt Cooke suspensions.

The NHL blew it again, at very least he should have received the remainder of the season and "all" of the playoffs. But that's the NHL for you, even when they have an opportunity handed to them on a silver platter to set a clear cut example, they screw it up.

I don't see any need for further analyses because it's all been said. Everything I've read criticizing the suspension is valid.

As far as is concerned, what did come out of this story was another dimension provided by my good friend and sinister Hab fan Jeff Lumby.

Here's what he wrote.

Freddie, Agree with everything you said about Kook...ah Cooke. The point about a few ruining it for others is well taken. Other players need to step up...ex-players really need to step up....MARIO??? Freddie, can you do me a favor though, since you brought it up (and no I don't put a "u" in favor or color, it's stupid), stop saying Chara has no history with suspensions. It's immaterial. So because you have no suspensions the league can't give you your first?? Ridiculous. That fact has no merit in the conversation. By the way, the league stunk the joint out with the Cooke suspension. Wimps.

And here's how I replied.

@Lumby - History has a lot to do with it because, whether right or wrong, its a huge criteria for how the NHL hands down suspensions. Unless its a blatant case of intent to injure, which this wasn't, the NHL has to consider a player's character and history. And that's exactly why you're correct about Matt Cooke. Chara got what he deserved, Cooke didn't.

And one other thing.

The release of the federal budget yesterday reveals why it's time for this country to move on from a minority government.

When the likes of Jack Layton and his broken down irrelevant party is given legitmacy it's time for change.

I think the inevitable election is going to provide some dramatic change in Canada. If we get a Conservative majority, it will provide a stability that we haven't seen in years. If the Conservatives get another minority, I think you'll see Stephen Harper walk and go earn some real money. And if the Liberals get a minority, the country deserves everything it gets.

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7 Responses to "Cooke, Lumby And Layton"

March 23, 2011 / 15:12


I'll predicate by saying I am not a supporter or fan of Layton (I mean he wanted to shut down the oil sands) but....

You called the NDP broken down and irrelevant. Given that 1 in 6 Canadians support the NDP I'd say they are indeed relevant in the political sphere. I don't like that reality but this is a democracy.

The problem with that type of attitude Fred is that it galvanizes opinion and alienates people. Attitudes like your own are the reason why such division exists in this country. How do you think the Reform Party came into power? Because a portion of Canadians (the West) felt alienated by a system that excluded them. "The West Wants In". Hell, the Con's are actually the offspring OF that movement; Manning's Reform Party. That happened because a political party saw 1 in 6 Canadians as "irrelevant".

What this country needs is a leader that includes everyone and listens to all regions. Personally I think Harper is the best man for that. But, I think that the Con's need a NEW leader that doesn't have the "Firewall Alberta" skeleton in the closet.

The current setup of this seemingly endless minority government is working. It allows input from each region of the country versus one region controlling policy. Canada is not a nation. It's a bunch of regions. You want to see war man? Have the Liberals win a majority. This time it won't just be Alberta that's staring down Ottawa.


Sam In Scarbrough
March 23, 2011 / 16:17

Sadly,I live In the same riding as Liberal leader M.Igg.I have visited his office 3 times looking for help on issues.Actually met with him once.It was painful!!
Can only compare his lame excuses to say, the Canadian thinker not posting for 5 weeks then listing all of his excuses,not reasons!!

March 23, 2011 / 16:18

I will never agree to a Conservative majority mandate. That being said, I hate minority governments. Nothing ever really gets done. I also don't like this five party system we a stuck with. I would almost like run off elections to bring it down to 2 or 3. The cost and the chance of the Bloc becoming more relevant makes this probably a bad idea. As for Jack Layton, how did we get stuck with him? Jack cares about Jack, not much else. If he does force an election it will hopefully be his last kick at the can. He can retire as the ultimate shit disturber.

Freddie P.
March 23, 2011 / 16:25

There is no comparison.. Iggy gets paid, I don't.

Jeff Lumby
March 23, 2011 / 18:06

Cooke, Lumby and Layton. Jesus, you couldn't figure a way to slap Charlie Sheen or Momes Qaddafi up there with me as well??? Nice frickin' company.

Anyway,'re the BEST cause you posted my Voice Pretzel website on the right column. Even Leaf fans do good things from time to time.

Love ya.

March 24, 2011 / 07:32

I agree with Irv. Minorities are ok.

March 24, 2011 / 14:47

Irvine makes perfect sense. Usually I disagree with what he says, but this time he nails it.

Just because you disagree with a group doesn't make them worthless. You are part of the problem, Fred. You act like only your views are right and the Conservatives are perfect. Even when they screw up you say, "Let's wait and see how this plays out" and then you don't mention it again.

I don't like most of what the NDP stands for but it doesn't mean they shouldn't be heard.

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