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Comments We Like - Rick Hodge

March 24, 2010 @ 22:38

Let her speak.

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Shame In Ottawa

March 24, 2010 @ 07:54

This may come as a surprise to some, but I am not a fan of American right wing commentator Ann Coulter, far from it, but I'm disgusted at what happened in Ottawa last night.

She was scheduled to speak at the University of Ottawa last night, but her appearance had to be cancelled at the last minute because of 2000 unruly protestors.

Two thousand hypocritical assholes who decided because they don't like what Ann Coulter has to say, nobody else should be able to hear it. How's that for stifling freedom of speech in a free and democratic land.

How dare them. Ann Coulter is bona fide wing nut, and she's definitely over the top on a lot of issues, but if the University books her speak and there are people who want to hear what she has to say, why shouldn't they be able to?

I'm sure the creeps who crowded the front hall of the auditorium are the same bunch who would applaud visits by the likes of Al Gore and David Suzuki, two men who are dangerous in their own right, but two men who should have every right to share their nonsense.

But that's the point. If you don't agree with someone's point of view or position stay away, don't take it upon yourself to prevent other people from hearing it.

How horrifically ignorant is that? How disgustingly selfish and self serving can you be?

Apparently the fools who organized this protest were extremely pleased with themselves once the Coulter's appearance was cancelled. They felt like they had really accomplished something, but what did they "really" accomplish?

These young hypocrites, who I'm sure would be the first to complain about the proroguing of government or any other attempt by government or the establishment to withhold information, prevented several other people from hearing something they wanted to hear.

The sad thing is, I'm sure there were a lot of people who planned to attend the speech who don't necessarily agree with what Coulter stands for, but being open minded free thinking people they decided to go to enlighten themselves and make their own decisions.

Unfortunately they couldn't because a pack of weasels got in their way.

"Since I've arrived in Canada, I've been denounced on the floor of Parliament -- which, by the way, is on my bucket list -- my posters have been banned, I've been accused of committing a crime in a speech that I have not yet given, I was banned by the student council, so welcome to Canada!"
Ann Coulter


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Hangin' With The Hawk

March 22, 2010 @ 20:04

I was invited Ronnie Hawkins house on Monday afternoon and it was fascinating.

Ronnie's stories are legendary and his house is a shrine to great music and special moments. The pictures on the walls alone can keep you occupied for hours.

A who's who of music makers, movie stars and newsmakers adorn the walls of the big old house that sits high atop a hill on 200 hundred acres with a mile and a half of shoreline on prestigious Stoney Lake.

You do the math.

I've been venturing into the Kawarthas for over 40 years and countless times while boating on Stoney I'd see the house and wonder what it was like inside. Now I know. It's an expansive building with a great big kitchen in the middle and wings on either side.

After having lunch and a couple of beers in the kitchen we walked through the dining room and then into what could be best described as a great room. There were four couches in front of a fireplace, with a grand piano in one corner and an electronic keyboard and a couple of guitars in another corner. It screams music.

The pictures are fascinating, John Lennon, Kris Kristofferson, Robbie Robertson, Dolly Parton and Ronnie's good friend Bill Clinton. And that's just to name a few.

The stories are wild. I sat there for a few minutes and just threw names at The Hawks, and he had a great story about all of them. Lennon, Neil Young, Elvis Presley and Gordon Lightfoot who wrote "Sundown" in a small cottage that Ronnie has near the shoreline.

Ronnie Hawkins is 75 years old, and he's actually not supposed to be here. A few years ago he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was given just a couple of months to live. Ronnie refused traditional cancer treatment, but rather than sit around and wait to die, he went at life hard and heavy and a lot of the hard and heavy took place in the room I sat in.

But then something crazy happened. Hawkin's tumour disappeared without a clear explanation. Doctors called it a miracle, while some gave credit to a young 16 year old faith healer from Vancouver.

Whatever, Rompin' Ronnie doesn't have cancer and he's still alive and kickin' six years later.

It was a great afternoon and the hair stood up on my neck when he mentioned having a party the house this summer and extended me an invite. I can only imagine how cool it would be to sit in that room and have it filled with live music by who knows who.

Needless to say, it won't be as crazy as the parties The Hawk used to have. He admits he has slowed down and he's not up to doing the things he used to do.

"Let me tell you Fred, we've had some wild parties in this house. Enough to turn King Kong into a spider monkey."

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What Ever Happened to Principle

March 17, 2010 @ 08:25

Snowbirds flock to bloody Mexico. How anyone could patronize this dirthole is beyond me. Have we not seen enough?

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Samsung Is Singin'

March 2, 2010 @ 13:11

This is not an apology, it's a notification. My Samsung is working again and nobody touched it.

As previously written, my four year Samsung refrigerator stopped working last week and a serviceman was scheduled to arrive at our house Friday past to have a look and charge a lot.

Well something happened that delayed his arrival and eventually he called late Friday afternoon to say he wouldn't be able to make it until the next day.

And then something very strange happened. I got up in the morning and wandered into the kitchen only hear the fridge humming and working perfectly. The temperature lights on the front were back on and she was crankin' at -19 c in the freezer and +3 c in the fridge. Perfect.

Somehow, someway, to my benefit, it re-set itself. If the service guy had come on Friday he would have fixed a fridge that maybe didn't need fixing. His delay probably saved me big time.

I quickly placed a call to the service centre on Saturday morning and cancelled my 74 dollar appointment, and when I hung up my wife told me that the original person at the call centre had said something about Samsungs re-setting themselves with 24 hours.. but ours took 72.

We had a power outage in our area just prior to the fridge shutting down.

Whatever, it doesn't matter. All I know is that my four year old fridge is still working and its one more thing off the to-do list. I hate shopping for big ticket items.

Hopefully this isn't an intermittent problem. I'll keep you posted.

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The Painful Pee

February 27, 2010 @ 12:31

I got up for a pee the other night and it ended up hurting big time.

I know what you're thinking. I'm in my early 50's so it shouldn't be a big surprise that something as simple as having a piss could lead to pain or discomfort. You don't see too many guys under 50 in a urologist's office.

Apparently it comes with hitting the big 5-0, just like an old house your plumbing can become an issue and you have to deal with it.

In my case, now that I've got your attention, I'm happy to report I have none of that.

My painful pee came through my foot. Let me explain.

The other night, I awoke about 2 am following four 20oz Bud Lite's at Riley's in Peterborough during the Team Canada, Germany game.

How does the saying go? Something about a race horse? Anyway I jumped out of the bed I share with no one in the little apartment I have in Peterborough and headed for the pisser.

It's not a tiny bathroom in the apartment but it's somewhat narrow and the vanity sticks out farther than it should, especially with the lights out.

I think it happened on the second step. My right foot came forward and in full stride I hammered the vanity, forcing the second smallest toe to be bent back in a violent manner.

The pain was immediate and it was deep. It actually paralyzed me for a split second before I strung a bunch of swear words together that actually had a nice ring to them.

Son of a bitch prick asshole bastard. Say them out loud quickly and you'll appreciate the charm.

Anyway, when my body stopped vibrating I hobbled to the toilet, drained the main vein and then went back to bed with only a slight throbbing in my foot.

But the next morning, let me tell you mister, when I was my legs out of the fart sack put my feet on the floor and stood up, I nearly passed out. The blood that rushed through my foot made the injured area throb like nothing I've felt before.

I couldn't walk properly, my limp was pronounced and putting a shoe on was excruciating. This happened on Wednesday and it still hurts like hell and several people have told me that I probably broke my toe.

Go to emergency they say, but deep down I know there's nothing they can do for a broken toe and given the wait times in most emergency rooms for things like broken toes, it will probably heal before I get to see a doctor.

I've decided to live with the subsiding pain and look at the bright side.

At my age, it's a whole lot better than erectile dysfunction.

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Stupid Samsung Sucks

February 24, 2010 @ 18:05

Up at the trailer in the shed I have a refrigerator that has to be twenty years old. It's a General Electric and year after year after year it never lets me down. I plug it in come May and I unplug it come October. No problem what so ever. All it ever does is keep my Bud Lite cold and provide extra space when my wife needs it. Flawless.

At home in Brampton I have another GE in the basement. This good old fella sits there year after year hummin' away doing the same outstanding job that his brother does in Burleigh Falls. Never an argument.

I tell you this so you can appreciate how pissed off I am that my four year old Samsung stopped working yesterday. I bought the bastard in 2006 against my better judgment.

We were looking for something modern for the kitchen and after looking at several makes and models we settled for the cool looking Samsung with the lower freezer and the LCD temperature read out on the front.

I had been told that a lot of the new fridges come with computer panels now-a-days that are unnecessary for the consumer but lucrative for the manufacturers. They're built to last beyond the warranty but designed to screw up long before they should.

The Samsung man is coming to the house on Friday, but I've already been warned - Don't expect it to be the compressor with a five year warranty that has failed; it will be one of those damn computer panels that are only guaranteed for a year.

But don't worry, when it comes to shit like this I'm like a pit-bull on a jerky treat. I'll go after consumer justice and berate the buggers until they stand behind their shameful product. How will anyone be able to stand in front of me and come up with any valid reason why an appliance should die after four short years?

Four years. Hell I think there has been stuff living in the back of my trailer fridge for longer than that.

If there's a lesson in any of this it's to go basic. We all get caught up in the newest and neatest crap that features stuff we never use. I should have bought another GE with no bells or whistles. What a mistake. What a goof ball I am.

Tell me how Dan Duran could have a forty year old trailer fridge that still works, yet there will be a Samsung repairman at my house on Friday for a 74 dollar house call for something that was built in 2006? Tell me now, please!

I can't wait to see how this unfolds. I'll keep you posted.

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Comments We Like - Kelly McParland

February 24, 2010 @ 12:44

Why we need to get boys out of hockey.

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Mad American

February 22, 2010 @ 12:18

I received the following e-mail from my good friend John Ellefson who grew up in Buffalo but now resides in Washington D.C.

Hi Freddie:

Hope all is well with you and the family. Gotta say, a little bothered at the new dose of America bashing on the blog. Seems like every time an American, even an ignorant one, disses Canada, our entire population become the "ugly Americans."

I had hoped you knew better than this.

I have known you for many years. I have lots of friends in Canada; matter of fact I consider some of them my closest friends. For many years, we have bantered about the differences in countries, both good and bad. At the end of the day, we do not make sweeping generalizations such as those on your blog.

Should I tell you about the time I walked into a pub in the Big Smoke, and greeted by the bartender with "How can you stand to be American?" I was also given a bunch of sheit at a Blue Jays game once, just because I had New York tags on my car. Oh, and I had a Jays hat on. Didn't seem to matter, though. So it goes both ways my friend. Are there ignorant Americans - you bet. Does the ignorance exist north of the border as well? Don't kid yourself if you think not.

I could easily offer a rebuttal to your comments about Canada being better from economic, health, and standard of living perspectives. I could even throw in something about Quebec. But this American will take the higher road, thanks.

For all the public America bashing that comes out of Canada, I am sorry to say that I don't see the same down here. I can honestly say that I have never met an American that has spoken of Canada in a negative light. Frankly, I can't see why we are so very different, when 90% of Canadian population lives within 100 miles of the US. Guess I am just ignorant too.

You are still invited to visit anytime you would like.

John

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Required Viewing For Americans

February 21, 2010 @ 14:33

After this, I thought of that punk American who refused to stand for the Canadian athem when I was at a Leafs game in Florida last month.

Americans really should watch this because they should know our economy is better, our people are healthier and our standard of living is superior to theirs.

From CanadianThinker.com on January 31, 2010

"When we were at the Leaf game in Sunrise, a group of kids in their late teens or early 20's refused to stand for the Canadian anthem. One of them, while sitting, went out of his way to mock the anthem and then mumbled a few things which included Canada and the word stupid.
Needless to say, I wanted to lean forward and slap the dumb ass across the side of the head, or at the very least give him a piece of my mind, but I was traveling with my sweet darlin' and confrontation bothers her. I thought.
Afterwards she told me she wouldn't have minded if I'd said something. Like: "Hey goofball, do you not realize that Canada is your countries most faithful ally? Do you not realize that in most of your countries confrontations over the years, Canada has been at your side? Do you not realize that most of the players on your team, the Florida Panthers, are Canadian, so actually you're insulting them?
But I didn't. I simply wrote him off as another dumb American who doesn't know much about the world around him because in his mind, he doesn't have to."

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