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Harper The Devil
July 9, 2009 @ 09:11
I haven't written about politics or religion in some time but I thought I would today because they collide in the Toronto Star.
It's another feeble attack on our Prime Minister.
The headline reads, "PM ate the wafer, aide says" - Video appears to show prime minister taking but not consuming communion host at LeBlanc funeral.
Read the story and then appreciate how goddamned ridiculous the Star's Harper bashing has become. If anything, it tells me the Prime Minister must be doing a pretty good job if this is all they have to go after him for.
But all that aside, what bothers me the most is that in 2009 we're still stuck in the dark ages of bogus religious practices like eating wafers that symbolize the body and blood of Christ.
Are you kidding me?
The Toronto Star actually took the time to print this shit? There are actually Catholics who are offended by the fact the Prime Minister accepted communion when he's a Protestant? There are Harper haters who are going to use a goofy church biscuit to piss all over the guy?
Help me please.
Here are the words of Neil MacCarthy, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Toronto, explaining that Harper should not have accepted the communion given that he isn't Roman Catholic.
"In the Roman Catholic faith we say that Roman Catholics are the only ones who should present themselves for communion because we believe they are actually consuming the body and blood of Jesus Christ."
Yea, and the cow jumped over the fuckin' moon just before Jack and Jill went up the hill.
Yes I know, some people might argue that their issue with the Prime Minister is that his people claim he ate the wafer even though there's no evidence that he did, but come on people, who gives a flyin' crap. If you want to give anything, give the guy a break.
We're talking about a religion that he's not part of and if he took the wafer/cracker or whatever the hell it is by mistake and didn't end up eating it, so bloody what.
Think about it, the body and blood of Christ? We're suppposed to take this stuff seriously? It's enough to make me howl in the 21st century.
But hey, no problem, if you still believe in it, good on ya. If it makes you feel better and you really think it has some basis, cool. Sorry if this offends anyone, but I have as much right to reject this nonsense as you do to embrace it.
Something like this should never be used to create a major incident with the sole purpose of embarrassing somebody.
It's a cracker for Christ's sake.
Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today
Let's Do It For The Hammer
May 13, 2009 @ 22:39
I have always been vehemently opposed to taxpayer money being used to finance professional sport but this situation is different.
Word is that Jim Basillie, who put up a quarter billion dollars of his own money to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, would like the federal and provincial governments to provide the 130 million dollars needed to upgrade Copps Coliseum.
Believe me, if this was Toronto or Montreal or Vancouver I'd be dead against it. I wouldn't like it if it were Edmonton, Calgary or Winnipeg either.
Why should taxpayers pay for what amounts to the factory for a multi-million dollar business - especially a place for grown men to play a kids game at exorbitant amounts of money.
But again, this situation is different. This is Hamilton and if any city in Canada deserves a break, it's Steeltown, a struggling city with fabulous people that's in the midst of an industrial revolution. As the steel industry dies in Hamilton, this feisty little city is scrambling to re-invent itself and re-furbishing Copps to NHL standards is something that would help immensely.
Yes, Jim Balsillie is a billionaire and he could probably afford to re-furbish Copps himself, but he's already done his part by swooping in and grabbing a team in a league that otherwise wouldn't dream of coming to Hamilton.
A re-furbished Copps Coliseum, with at least 41 NHL dates a year would do wonders for downtown Hamilton.
Up until now, Copps has been somewhat of a lame duck because although it was built with the NHL in mind, it got screwed over time and time again and there's never been a consistent bona fide attraction operating out of the building.
An NHL team would be different. It would give the city a new attitude and I'm sure restaurants, bars and condos would be soon to follow.
In a lot of cases, most cases in fact, tax money being thrown at pro sports is a bad deal for the taxpayer, but in Hamilton it would be a clear cut investment. But most of all, it would be a reward for the great people of Hamilton, hard working and proud people who've played second fiddle to Toronto and the surrounding area far too long.
They've been slapped around by the NHL far too many times as well, so if Balsillie manages to pull this off and actually win control of the Coyotes it's the least we could do for the Hammer.
They deserve it.
Category: Politics | Sports
May 11, 2009 @ 08:45
Just when I thought I might be able to warm up to this Michael Ignatieff guy he exposes himself as weakling.
Ignatieff put politics ahead of his country last night by sending a representative to the perverted Tamil protest on the Gardiner Expressway with the promise that the Liberals would raise the issue in Parliament.
I don't know what's worse, the extremely selfish Tamil protest, or that Ignatieff is giving in to these idiots.
That's what he did.
The minute that pack of assholes took control of the Gardiner yesterday the situation went to another level. There should have been absolutely no negotiation, only force.
Ignatieff may think he looks like a hero to this community and it's a way of grabbing some ethic vote, but what he did was slap every law abiding Canadian in the face yesterday.
By sending a representative to the Gardiner Expressway with a promise of action, he immediately gave the Tamil protest a sense of accomplishment.
These selfish bastards, many of who appeared to by young and rowdy and probably unable to explain what's going on in Sri Lanka, walked away last night having won something they were after and it should never have gotten to that point.
What took place in the streets of Toronto yesterday was anarchy. The Tamils took control of a major artery and ignored police and to compound the matter they paid no mind to the safety of all other Torontonians.
The Gardiner was blocked which caused all the major internal streets to be plugged, which meant regular movement and more importantly emergency vehicles were crippled.
If you had to be rushed to a hospital last night, it meant nothing in the minds of the Tamil protesters. All they cared about was themselves and something that is happening half a world away.
Now tell me, why should any of give a shit about what's happening in Sri Lanka, if these protestors don't give a shit about you and me. Given their attitude it lets you appreciate why Sri Lanka has been so screwed up over the past 25 years.
It's madness and provides another example of the crap this country has to put up with because it's so willing to bend over backwards for every ethic and religious group under the sun, and I'll go back to a point I've made on this website over and over and over again.
If that had been a protest conducted by people who weren't a visible minority, about a domestic issue, it wouldn't have lasted ten minutes.
But the rules have become distinctly inconsistent in this country and it's got to stop now.
Unfortunately, when people like Michael Ignatieff want to play politics and give-in to selfish bastards it makes the situation that much worse.
He should have stayed out of it, like the Prime Minister has. It's a Toronto issue until the Mayor asks for help.
But therein lies the problem. If Toronto had a Mayor with balls, the protestors would have been given a short deadline and then if they didn't move, the snowplows should have been brought out of storage and they should have been nudged off the highway.
Canada's Solid Leader
April 21, 2009 @ 07:59
I know it bothers a lot of you when I extoll the virtues of our Prime Minister, but I really think more people should take the time to look beyond the fact he's not a Liberal.
Even the Toronto Star couldn't ignore this.
"It's the Canadians who went first, everybody has been following that."
Told you so, Harper says as Iran stirs UN uproar.
Hey Mon Hey
April 20, 2009 @ 12:30
I know a lot of Stephen Harper haters won't like this, but once again I've got to tip my hat to the guy for the way he handled himself during the Summit Of Americas in Trinidad.
For the first time in a long time we've actually got a Prime Minister who acts like a Prime Minister, who doesn't say and do a lot of stupid things like his predecessor did.
And I especially like the way Stevie boy has handled the Jamaican situation.
He landed there last night with a message that might have raised a few eyebrows, but he also took the important step of acknowledging the Jamaican problem in Canada.
Harper will address both houses of the Jamaican Parliament today and during that address he will speak of the great ties between our two countries and the contributions Jamaicans have made to Canadian society.
Again, that may seem odd to some given the gun violence and gang warfare that takes place within the Jamaican community in Toronto, but for the most part it's true.
Most Jamaicans that come to Canada are law abiding people who want nothing more than to improve their lot in life. Unfortunately, there is a fringe that cast a shadow over the entire population.
And that's where Harper stepped up to the plate yesterday. Rather than spew a bunch of blather about all the good stuff, the Prime Minister actually touched upon the gun violence issue in Canada.
"We're certainly aware of reports of violence among people who are identified with the community."
"We know ... that the vast majority of people who live in those areas and belong to the Jamaican Canadian community are not only deeply shocked and concerned about this kind of violence, they're often the first victims of it and the people most concerned about it."
It showed a lot of balls because without being over-critically while in a situation where diplomacy was the order of the day, the Prime Minister sent a message that not everything is perfect and that Jamaican crime in Canada is not going unnoticed.
Of course if Canada wanted to hard line our relations with Jamaica we could cut off all immigration from that country until we got the gang and gun problem under control in Toronto, but that wouldn't be prudent. It might be smart and warranted, but political correctness dictates you don't do things like that.
Instead you do what the Prime Minister did. You extend an olive branch with a message tied to the end of it.
Our eyes are wide open.
Category: Politics | Stuff
A Happy Week For The Star
April 4, 2009 @ 13:32
It was another despicable showing by the Toronto Star this week as it tried to make a mountain out of virtually nothing during the G20 Summit in London.
On Thursday Steven Harper missed a group photo with the other G20 leaders and the Star was quick to position the Prime Minister as a goof ball who missed a very important photograph because he was somewhere having a piss.
In reality it meant nothing. Harper claims he was being briefed at the time and didn't concern himself with the photo opportunity because as he put it "I"ve been at enough international meetings to know that there's always another photo op."
Bingo. It was no big deal at all, but the Star reported the story using words like "red faced and ridiculed" trying to paint a picture of a Prime Minister who was out of step with the rest of the world's leaders and that his office "was at pains to explain away any embarrassment."
What a load of unfairly slanted, disgusting bullshit.
In the end the Prime Minister was correct; there was another photo op, and this time the Italian Prime Minister failed to show.
It's one thing for a news publication to attack and criticize someone for valid reasons, but the Toronto Star's constant unfounded attacks on Stephen Harper are no better than the Fox News Channel's mindless attacks on Barrack Obama.
Remember, it's the Star that in the past has printed stuff about Harper's clothes and his weight.
What a mindless little rag.
Red-faced Harper misses G20 photo
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This War's For You
April 2, 2009 @ 08:38
The extreme right wing whack jobs in the United States are pissin' their pants over this, but I totally agree with the Obama administration's decision to stop using the phrase "war on terror."
Even when I was one of the many million who had been sucked in to supporting George W's charge into Iraq, the phrase "war on terror" never sat well with me.
What did it mean? I could never really figure that out.
It was a war on Saddam Hussein, I know that. In retrospect it was a war spawned out of revenge for a guy's dad, I know that.
I have vivid images of old man Bush after losing the election to Bill Clinton in 1992 rehashing what went wrong and continuously telling his goober son George about the huge mistake of not finishing the job in Iraq during the Gulf War.
George Jr, being the goober that his is, got all hyped up and excited and dreamt of the day he could make things good for his daddy.
Don't laugh, I really think that's all it really amounts to... and who knows what the real story is behind 911 and the opportunity it gave W. to put his plan into action.
"War on terror" was nothing more than a sell line or a tag line. The same kind they use to sell beer, cars and running shoes.
It was meant scare the living shit out of the average American and justify a flimsy excuse to invade a country that ultimately had very little to do with 911 or terrorism in general.
"War on terror" was a smoke screen that fed every vengeful yahoo from Kentucky to North Dakota and the Bush boys knew it would. As military strategy came out of the war rooms, propaganda came out of the White House that would make every American think their was a "boogey man" around every corner.
And it worked, for a while.
But then as the truth came out and it became apparent that thousands of young Americans were dying for no reason the term "war on terror" lost its luster.
The war wasn't on terror, it was war on a country and it was making a lot ruthless bastards in the United States extremely rich off weaponry contracts.
If there was an actual "war on terror" taking place, it was happening in Afghanistan where Canada was sacrificing its own soldiers.
But you never hear the Canadian government use the term "war on terror" you never hear our soldiers use the term either. It's the Afghan war, just like it was never anything more than the Iraqi War.
The difference being, the Afghan war was justified.
March 22, 2009 @ 12:57
It's been very interesting over the past couple of days to see how the Barack Obama "Special Olympics" comment has been downplayed and ignored.
Listen, I like Barack Obama, he seems like a good guy and I wouldn't want his job for all the money in the world, but let's face it folks, what he said was wrong with a good measure of stupid sprinkled over it.
I've heard all the excuses over the past couple of days, and I know that we can all say things we regret, but come on, he's the President of the United States.
Comparing his bad bowling skills to the Special Olympics on national television was way over the line.
We all deserve to be forgiven, but at the same time, nobody deserves the pass that Obama got on this one. If George W. had said the same thing I'm sure the reaction would have been a lot different.
And in case you're getting the wrong impression, let me make it clear, I like Obama and I know George W. is a dufus.
But really, Obama miraculousy came out this one without a scratch.
March 22, 2009 @ 12:56
Meanwhile, about the only news outlet that went after Obama was the Fox News Network and that was predictable because it's a right wing, extreme Conservative cesspool of unbalanced and often vicious reporting.
At the top of the list is Sean Hannity. I don't know if you've ever watched this guy, but he's a mouthy little weasel who puts his own pocket book ahead of his country by spreading verbal terror.
In his quest to get ratings, and his thirst for money, he's willing to say extreme and damaging things about Democrats and President Obama that actually hurt the country.
He plays news clips out of context and spews outrageous nonsense that may attract viewers, but you have to ask, at what cost?
Sean Hannity does his country no favours. He calls himself a great American but he's the farthest thing from it. If anything, he's extremely unpatriotic.
It's one thing to have an act and become rich off it, but when that act spreads unnecessary fear throughout the country for self gain with total disregard for the consequences, it moves into another territory.
Land Of The Looney
March 21, 2009 @ 16:10