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February 20, 2010 @ 10:02

Besides some of the events and achievements that have take place in Vancouver during the Olympics, I find the reaction of the foreign press to be the most amusing, especially the British press that has been relentless in its criticism of the Games and especially the weather.

Needless to say, the weather is a non-issue because you can't control it and from a British stand-point it's grossly hypocritical. Let's see what happens in 2012 when the Olympics are being held in London and there's a very good chance rain will be a factor.

The writers who are bitching about sunshine and warm temperatures in Vancouver will look even more ridiculous.

I look at it this way. By next Sunday, the games will have been held, I'm sure all the events will have been run and all the athletes will have no regrets.

That's all that matters at this point. Believe me, if Canadians taxpayers come out of this with a huge bill, there will be some issues to deal with, but that's water under the bridge that can't be changed now.

When it comes to what Canada is being criticized for right now, none of it really matters and that's what is so maddening about the bad press the Vancouver Games are getting.

I've talked to a few people who are out there and I've listened to reports from people who are working out there and to a person, they don't see any of the problems that are being blown out of proportion in the British press.

The funny thing is, the Olympics are one of those things that really won't change the lives of anyone but a few athletes. No matter what happens, a few days from now the Games will be over and everyone will have returned home and nothing that happened in Vancouver will have any affect on anyone other than a few athletes who will cash in big time.

So really, the twits in the British press should give it a rest because in two years from now the eyes of the world will be on them, and the rain could be falling and the security that will be needed could make it a very unpleasant experience for everyone.

In fact part of me hopes that's exactly what happens.


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Comments We Like - Lorrie Goldstein

February 9, 2010 @ 17:23

This is no excuse, but I've been extremley busy lately and haven't had the chance to write much, but that's not to say a lot hasn't caught my attention or pissed me off.

On Saturday for example, the Toronto Star highlighted this article about systemic racism within the Toronto Police Force. A desctructive pointless piece that serves to incite many, but help none. Typical of the Star.

I was so pissed off, I had trouble coming up with the appropriate words in the short amount of time I had. I prefer to measure my words in such a case because of all the hypocrites out there ready to pounce and scream racism at every opportunity no matter how slim.

I've been sitting on this story for a couple of days with every intention to write about it, and then take the usual flack from the usual group about being an intolerant grumpy old man.

Then I read Lorrie Goldstien, and he pretty well says everything I feel.

Toronto Star has lots of race advice for police -- all useless


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Catchin' Up

January 31, 2010 @ 12:25

I had promised to update this blog during my trip to Florida last week, but the hotel in Key West wouldn't allow me to upload anything. Internet access was free, but I couldn't send anything from my laptop to my web platform.
Why, I don't know but Mike Boon told me it's possible for the hotel to block something or other for security reasons.
Maybe they don't want people to make sex videos in their rooms and then send them into cyberspace. Somebody might recognize the wallpaper or something and correlate the hotel with the sex trade. Wow, how's that for a leap.

On the subject of hotel rooms, before I left I mentioned that I was chasing my tail trying to find something before I left. I was using Tripadvisor and it was crazy. Reviews of the same hotel went from spectacular to miserable. I got the feeling that a lot of it was bullshit, but still I didn't know whether to believe the good ones or the bad ones.
Eventually I went outside Tripadvisor and just googled "great hotels in the Miami area" and I came up with this. It's called "The Blue" and it's located in Doral, right beside the famous golf course, about 20 minutes from the beach.
This place was perfect for my wife and I. We're not real beach people any more; we're more interested in quality accommodations and a reasonable price and if that means a few miles off the beach, so be it.
"The Blue" was outstanding. Give it a click and see for yourself. A boutique style resort with spacious rooms, top notch d├ęcor including 46 inch flat screen TV's and as I mentioned earlier strategically located to just about everything in the Miami area.
The room equipped with a great kitchen with a full sized fridge, dishwasher, microwave oven that was also convectional, dishes and cutlery, very handy for a fella who tires quickly of restaurant food.
The room also featured one of those "rain showers." Lord liftin' Jesus talk about ecstasy.
I had two showers at day whether I needed the second one or not. The feeling of that heavy water pounding down upon my bloated body put me in a special place. But that's all the detail I will provide.
Hey, if you're ever in South Florida, and you're looking for a place to stay, close to South Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Sunrise where the Panters play, check out "The Blue."
Excellent for 149 bucks a night.

We left Miami last Monday and made our way down to Key West without having hotel reservations, but again, we really lucked out.
While driving into Key West we saw one of those "Information Centers" so I stopped in to get a little advice. Within moments they hooked me up with a great hotel right in the heart of "Old Town." Actually it was break and breakfast style hotel called "Ambrosia."
I had seen it on line but the nightly request was $269.00 dollars and that was more than I wanted to spend. But once I got to this info centre, they recommended the place and the nightly hit was $159.00. We took and we're glad we did.
It was over the top clean and conveniently located with a great hot breakfast as part of the deal. It was literally a thirty second walk to Duval St.

I won't go on and on about Key West, other than to say this. If you've never been, you should go there at least once. It's a fabulous place with a great vibe and superb restaurants, although I'm a little reluctant to pluralize restaurant because we were there four nights and ate at the same place three times.
It's called "Blue Heaven" and it features Caribbean cuisine in an inviting down to earth atmosphere. Most of the tables are outside with a sand and straw floor. While you eat, roosters and cats walk around freely. It may sound gross, but it's actually pretty cool and the food is fabulous, especially the pork tenderloin.

How about some other stuff? I'll move on from the trip, but first I have to mention this.

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.

And I have to mention this. Pearson Airport.

What a joke. When Delyse and I left on Friday the 22nd, we got to the airport two hours and 15 minutes before the flight, but didn't have enough time to pop into Starbuck's before boarding the plane.
Not only was the line at U.S. customs slow, but the security system was worse. I realize it's a new frontier with airport security and there is no room for risk or chance, but at the same time I've gotta believe it could be more efficient. Several things happened that left me shaking my head, and it had nothing to do with the inexplicable high pitched tone that was swirled through the terminal, literally driving most of us nuts.
Interesting, that on flying back, Miami International was much more efficient and speedy.

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January 31, 2010 @ 12:24

I predicted before I left that there would be predictable response from the union regarding the sleeping TTC ticket taker. Don't you love it, the union boss actually blamed riders from not making sure the ticket taker was OK.
How insulting. I'm sure if there was indication the guy was doing anything but catching a few winks, they would have responded appropriately.

The threatened strike by teachers at Ontario's 24 community colleges once again raises the point of essential services. To me, teachers are near the top of the list, especially University and College teachers, because of the impact they have on so many lives.
If the college teachers walk out in mid-February, the lives of thousands of kids will be thrown into chaos. So many of them depend on summer jobs to make money to pay tuition and student loans, and if there school year is interrupted it could actually mean the end of school. Summer jobs could be lost if the school year in pushed back and if its lost, it could mean other expenses that a lot of kids can't absorb.
Teachers should not be allowed to strike by law; however short of that, you'd like to think they'd have enough class to consider students before their own exorbitant demands.

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The Ant And The Grasshopper

January 22, 2010 @ 11:59

OLD VERSION

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away..

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

Moral of the story:

Be responsible for yourself!


MODERN VERSION

The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBC shows up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

Canadians are stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a socialist country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper be allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the frog & the grasshopper appear on "Any one of a number of CBC Shows" and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green...'

OCAP stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house where a crew of eleven from CBC News films the group singing, "We shall overcome."

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff condemns the ant and blames Prime Minister Harper for the grasshopper's plight.

Jack Layton & Buzz Hargrove exclaim in an interview with "any one of a number of CBC hosts" that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the BLOC, NDP & Liberals draft the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper bill retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Human Rights Commission and given to the grasshopper.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant's food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall is the ant's old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle and once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

Moral of the story:

Be careful how you vote.

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What's The Point

January 18, 2010 @ 07:01

Flemington Park's long cold trek for groceries.

I assume someone is supposed to feel guilty after reading this... any ideas?


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I Give Up

January 17, 2010 @ 10:26

I can't take it any more. I've spent the past few days on Tripadvisor looking for hotel rooms in South Florida and its driving me nuts.

I feel like the proverbial dog chasing his tail.

I'll be clicking around on Priceline or Hotwire or Hotels.ca and I'll see a hotel that looks pretty cool. Then I'll go over to Tripadvisor to get a review and I always end up in the same situation.

The reviews go from outstanding to miserable. It seems like half the people like the place and the other half hate it. One person had the time of their life, while the next person was covered in bed bugs. One person thinks the pool is great and he next claims it was a septic tank.

I can't help but wonder how much of this is guerrilla warfare. Some hotels write bad reviews about others, while writing sparkling reviews about themselves.

In the end, unless you're willing to spend three or four hundred dollars a night, which I'm not, the reviews on Tripadvisor only serve to confuse you.

I've stayed at hotels that have been perfectly fine, and then I read their review on Tripadvisor wondering how I missed all the horrible things that people are writing about.

And of course there's another dimension to this. My wife.

If I was traveling with a buddy, I'd be a lot more willing to take a chance on a place if the location was good, the price was great and the reviews were average.

But not with Delyse. It wouldn't matter where the hotel was, if one bug bit her sweet little ars it would lights out, game over, back on a plane to Canada. In other words, I've got to make it count.

And that's why I'm putting a plea out to the wonderful readers of CanadianThinker.com.

On Friday we're flying into Miami and I'd like a place in or near South Beach for two or three nights. Then on Monday the 25th were driving out to Key West for four nights.

Is there anyone out there that's made this trip recently and can recommend some good, reasonable accommodations?

I don't have to be right on South Beach and I'm open to just about anything in Key West.

Let me know ya buggers!

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Why Does God Pick On Haitians

January 13, 2010 @ 08:52

Do I believe in God? Not really. I can't say there isn't a God any more than anyone can say there is a god, nobody knows for sure, so I don't spend a lot of time thinking about it.

I look at it this way. If there is a God and he's as great and mighty as those who believe say he is, then I've got nothing to worry about.

Anyone so great and mighty and wonderful and pure will judge me on the person I am. He won't judge me on whether I read the scriptures, go to church or pay tithes. If God is so great, he must have the ability to see through all the creeps who use religion as a front while screwing people from behind.

At the same time, he can see the good in those who don't worship at his feet.

But let's get back to the great and mighty aspect. If God is so great and mighty, and "looks after us" what's his beef with the little island of Haiti. What has he got against Haitians?

I don't get it. Haitains are a very religious people, even while their world was crumbling around them yesterday; reports say citizens were screaming out with "Praise for the Lord." Those who survived were thanking the "Lord" for sparing them.

If Haitians are so committed to God why does He pick on them? This little island has had to deal with more than their share of grief.

Bizarre political problems, an overwhelming history of natural disasters, an AIDS epidemic, poverty, a deforestation issue that leaves the island vulnerable to mudslides during tropical storms, and now this earthquake.

If God is so great and mighty, why?

If God is so wonderful, why does he allow this happen at all, let alone continuously to a small defenseless little island in the middle of a sea?

I don't know about you, but I'd love some answers.

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Another Beautiful Girl

January 10, 2010 @ 10:17

Born to be a hero: Why Angel saved the day

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Message To Readers

January 8, 2010 @ 08:46

As of Monday, January 11th this blog will no longer exist. I can no longer provide a platform for those who choose to continually blast the greatest Prime Minister in our history.

On Monday, this blog will disappear.

Only kidding. In reality I just wanted you to know that while clearing more aggravating spam I accidently deleted some comments. I did not censor. Please feel free to re-submit.

Hey, shit happens.

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