Hello everyone, it's nice to be back. I've had a lot e-mails lately asking why I haven't been updating CanadianThinker.com so I thought it was time to address it.
First of all, I have been updating the site, but almost exclusively through the audio bits that I do with various radio stations across the country. If I've learned anything its this - a lot of people who visit blogs would prefer to read them than listen to them.
I assume this has something to do with the workplace where it's easier to read blog than listen to it without your boss or other co-workers catching on that you're doing something that maybe you shouldn't be.
The most amusing e-mails I received were from the slithering weasels who like to make something out of nothing because apparently they have some kind of a bone to pick with you for reasons you never really find out because they don't have enough guts to sign their names to their postings.
I've received several notes from people suggesting that I haven't been blogging because Corus Entertainment has instructed me not to. That's funny.
In other words, I'm not writing anything controversial anymore because someone at Corus has decided that as a Program Director, it's not appropriate. How bizarre is that?
If I don't say so myself, I'm still pretty on my radio hits, so why would someone at Corus tell me to stop writing stuff but over-look what I "say" on this site. It's so ridiculous I find it almost painful to talk about it.
But it comes with the territory. There are weasels out there that seem to spend a lot of time thinking this stuff up. I mean really, think about it. I pick up the phone one day and it's someone from Corus telling me to stop having a point of view on issues and stop writing about them on my own website. It wouldn't happen.
It's so bloody stupid I don't think I should spend any more time on it other than to say this, now that the summer is over and several things are in place at work, I'll have more time on my hands to blog. And I will.
I'll get back to talking about things like politics, where Michael Ignatifeff is in the process of committing political suicide by flirting with the idea of an election that nobody seems to want. But we shouldn't be surprised, Ignatieff's power hunger is taking control and he just can't wait any longer. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister continues his steady, rational course and more and more Canadians seem to be catching on.
And don't be fooled by the howlin' over yesterday's deficit announcement. It's a fact of life that all governments have to deal with, the only difference being, that as usual the Conservatives are actually honest about it.
It was a sad week in Toronto. Segregation came to town. The Africentric School opened near Keele and Sheppard, and no matter how you slice it or dice it, in 2009 it's wrong. It goes against everything that Canada is supposed to be about. It's nothing more than a con job perpetrated by those who know the best way to get your own way is to scream racism. In this case it worked. Big time.
I've got admit I'm not impressed with Neil Young. He claims he never intended to be in Toronto on Monday night for a mini-concert to promote his new movie "The Neil Young Trunk Show." For the past week there has been a buzz about him being part of promotion at Yonge-Dundas Square but all of a sudden he claims he knew nothing about it. Knowing the people I do who are connected to this kind of thing, I find this hard to believe. Neil is has always been a bit of a loner, or shy or aloof, I get the impression that in this case he probably just changed his mind.
A good friend of mine opened the Young-Town Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Omemee a couple of years ago and it's a wonderful tribute to Neil and Rock and Roll in general.
Although its in Young's home town, and he's been back a few times, he's never bothered to check out the museum. Seems a bit weird.
On the subject of Jim Balsillie and Phoenix Coyotes, like a lot of sports fans I can't wait for a resolution to this thing and it could take a giant leap forward today. Granted, Balsillie has gone against the grain and tried to come in through the back door, but that's OK. The NHL deserves it. This is a league that has made scores of bad decisions over the past few years and thanks to Balsillie they've finally been exposed for what they are.
And don't kid yourself, the Leafs are a big part of this, which will make it that much easier for me to become a fan of Hamilton's new team, if it comes to that.
The best case scenario would be to have Balsillie with this thing and have the Coyotes out-point the Leafs in year one. I can taste it.
Other stuff. I 'd love to seen George Smitherman run against David Miller in the next election. John Tory is the right guy, but strategically, Smitherman is probably the better choice.
David Miller has been horrible for the city of Toronto. Like Stephen Harper was the right man at the right time for Canada, Miller is the wrong man at the wrong time for Toronto. He has been a disaster. Get rid of the guy.
And it looks like its not going to happen. I've lived in the GTA for all of my 53 years but I never ever went to Bigliardi's Steak House on Church Street. It opened in 1977 and will close on the 26th of this month, and I never ate there. I had the intention many times when going to Maple Leaf Gardens over the years, but for some reason or another, I never got around to it. Maybe it had something to do with the prices. And that's why I won't make a special trip to go there before it closes. I have a problem with paying 40 or 50 dollars for a hunk of meat that I can buy for 12 dollars in a store. More often that not, I leave steak houses unsatisfied.
Let's be doing it