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E-Mail - Pam

January 5, 2010 @ 08:59

"Fred: Check this out - just a drop in the bucket of what women have had to endure in the entertainment media over the years. Your argument really is ridiculous."


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E-Mail - Ian Shalapata

January 2, 2010 @ 16:31

Freddie,

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.
I just wanted to forward a link to an opinion piece from the Windsor Star by Karen Hall. It starts off innocuous enough, but at the last stage supports violence against men. In light of your recent post I thought you may want to have a look at it.

Many regards,
Ian

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Blame Stephen Harper

January 2, 2010 @ 11:35

Broken elevator strands woman in public housing.

Meanwhile

For Harper, 2009 was a very good year.


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Professional Children

January 2, 2010 @ 10:32

Oilers go ballistic over 18 thousand dollar tab.

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Television's Punching Bags

December 28, 2009 @ 10:15

There were a couple of commercials over Christmas that really pissed me off. I assume one has stopped running, while the other continues to make me shake my head at the hypocrisy and double standard.

The first one is that Honda commercial. There are a man and a woman standing at their front window watching another couple in their driveway across the street. The woman inside has what appears to be a food processor in her arms.

The couple across the street is celebrating the gift of a car that the man has given the woman.

The commercial ends with the woman inside showing obvious disgust with her husband that he didn't deliver a gift of the same magnitude, so she takes the food processor, rams it into his ribs and stomps away.

The is wrong on so many levels. The physical abuse, the dominance and the humiliation not to mention the fact that maybe the poor bastard can't afford to give his wife a car.

I realize that we've come a long way, and historically men have dominated women and there was a time that a man could freely and confidently put "his woman" in her place unchallenged, but is that any excuse for what we're seeing on television today?

If men aren't being portrayed as king sized goobers, they're being physically abused by women.

Don't get me wrong, if the hypocrisy angle wasn't there, I wouldn't give a shit, but we're constantly reminded of physical abuse against women so I find it kind of weird that advertisers and pea brained copy writers have taken the recent route they have.

It's like the term reverse racism. There is no such thing as reverse racism. The term reverse racism makes it sound like only white people are guilty of racism, and anything else is simply their racism being turned around, or reversed.

That's crap. Racism is racism.

Same with physical abuse, whether it's a man or a women being abused by a husband or wife makes it equally wrong. At least it should in our new frontier of political correctness. Why is it OK for men to take a pounding on TV today?

The second commercial that pisses me off has a double helping of hypocrisy. It's the Scotiabank commercial that features Cassie Campbell and Jerome Iginla.

This commercial ends with Cassie taking a full tilt run at Iginla and knocking him out of the picture. No problem they're both hockey players right?

Wrong. They would never dream of making this commercial with the roles reversed. There's no way anyone would allow that commercial to end with Iginla plowing into Campbell.

And what adds another layer to this for me, is Cassie. Several years ago, Humble and I were doing a remote at the Eaton Centre and Campbell was one of our guests. Before she got there, Howard and I mentioned that not only was she a great hockey player, she was also very good looking.

Apparently the feminist, judge me for what I am not what I look like Cassie Campbell was offended and told her handlers that she never wanted to be part of our show again.

So I find it amusing, and hypocritical that Cassie would take part in a commercial that displays a woman abusing a man. Remember, they aren't on the ice when this takes place; they're in a Scotiabank branch.

And I won't even talk about Campbell's less than competent performance of Hockey Night in Canada. The only reason she survives is because she's a woman and I'm sure she knows it, which again makes me wonder about her hypocritical side.

I think she'd prefer to be judged on performance not gender. But hey, there's no money in that.

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Hey Jeremiah, F-You!

December 22, 2009 @ 16:35

From the Toronto Star - A man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday for his role in a gunfight that killed 15-year-old Jane Creba obviously made some "terrible decisions" four years ago, his lawyer says.

But by entering a plea a month before jury selection was to begin, Jeremiah Valentine, 27, has "stepped up to the plate," Edward Sapiano told Ontario Superior Court.

"He has expressed to me that he wishes he could turn back the hands of time," Sapiano told Justice John McMahon. The plea "speaks volumes about his remorse and while had can never make amends, he's given all he has left -- a guilty plea."

In light of his plea, which has "given the people of Toronto certainty," Sapiano requested Valentine become eligible for parole after 12 years."

Question: How many ways can you say "fuck you"


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Global.....

December 22, 2009 @ 08:49

The Canadian Press reports that President Obama "left the climate summit in Copenhagen early to get home before Washington was pounded by a record-breaking snowfall that dumped 60 centimetres of snowthroughout the region." The Examiner reported two days ago concerning the Copenhagen climate summit that "Leading up to the event, much of the United States was plunged into a deep freeze. Snow fell in Houston, Denver experienced temperatures 30 degrees below normal and 370 new record low temperatures were set or tied in a three day span across the United States. Not even the summit itself has been immune to the effect as a major snowstorm struck Copenhagen yesterday and temperatures plummeted. President Obama landed at the summit today amid snow falling. Denmark's Meteorological Institute said that the nation may have its first white Christmas in 14 years."

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Mustard Cuts It

December 13, 2009 @ 11:58

American syndicated morning men Opie and Anthony had a great "bit" on their show recently.

A homeless guy named "Mustard" claimed to be a former musician so they bought him a guitar, miked him up and he covered Radiohead's "Creep"



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Santa Has A Beer Gut

December 12, 2009 @ 10:16

When I was a kid and still believed in Santa Claus, every Christmas Eve my parents would leave something for Santa.

A beer, a smoke and some carrots for Rudolph.

When I'd get up the morning I'd run to the kitchen to see if Santa had been to our house, and it would be verified by an empty bottle of Molson Golden, a squished Buckingham butt and the carrots would be gone.

Never did I consider how hammered Santa would be if everyone around the world had left him a beer, and I didn't think of the consequences of all those cigarettes either.

I grew up to be a non-smoker who doesn't drink and drive. Somehow all the so-called bad influence around me didn't turn me into a reckless drunk with bad lungs.

That's why I get so aggravated by todays over abundance of political correctness.

There's a story in today's Toronto Sun headlined "A cold one for Santa" and it explains some of the shit that's hit the fan over a Labatt promotion for their de-alcoholized beer.

The ad suggests if you want to leave a cold beer for Santa, leave him one with alcohol because he's driving. Rather innocent and marginally clever, but of course the arsholes have come out of the wood work trying to turn this into something it isn't.

Labatt is completely on the right track here, promoting their non-booze product while reminding us that nobody should drink and drive, including Santa, but there are still those who find the ad offensive.

One woman suggests that it sends the wrong message. "Children see that and they think we'd better leave beer for Santa instead of cookies and milk." she said. "I have grandchildren and great-granchildren and I don't approve of it. "Maybe I'm an old fuddy-duddy."

Fuddy-duddy? Yea.

Another whack job, some marketing wizard from York University says this. "The ad breaks the "golden rule" to never associate drinking with driving in a sales pitch. They're positioning that you can have a beer and you're still safe to drive, but they can't control how many of those 0.5% beers people consume. They thought being this lower alcohol would get them off the hook, but I don't think it does. This is a silly ad and if they've got a decent product, it should be powerful enough."

It's at times like this I wonder where we'll be ten years from now. You won't be able to say or do anything without having somebody ready to pounce.

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Then And Now

December 12, 2009 @ 10:08

1959 vs. 2009

Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school a nd then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.

1959 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2009 - School goes into lock down, Metro police called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.


Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1959 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2009 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged them with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.


Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1959 - Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2009 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the province because Jeffrey has a disability.


Scenario 4:
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1959 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2009 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. A psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.


Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1959 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.
2009 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.


Scenario 6:
Zamvig fails high school English.

1959 - Zamvig goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2009 - Zamvig's cause is taken up by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. A class action lawsuit is filed against the provincial school system and Zamvig's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Zamvig is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.


Scenario 7:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from Canada Day, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1959 - Ants die.
2009 - The Mounties are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The Mounties investigate his parents -- and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.


Scenario 8:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1959 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2009 -Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

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