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Count Me Out

March 28, 2009 @ 11:28

Earth Hour arrives at 8:30 tonight, and chances are, when it arrives I'll probably be doing what I always do on a Saturday night around that time, watching the hockey game in my rec-room on my now inefficient 36 inch Sony Tube television.

There won't be a lot of lights on in the rec-room, but it won't have anything to do with Earth Hour, it's got everything to do with the fact I don't like a bright room when I'm watching television.

Meanwhile, the lights will be on upstairs in the kitchen and the foyer and probably the living room because we like them on in those rooms at night. The lights at the front of the house will be on also because I like the way my place looks when it's lit up.

If a load of washing needs to be done, it will be. If my wife wants to bake something in the oven, she will, and if my son wants to crank his electric guitar, he will.

Earth Hour is just another one of those goofy symbolic things along the way that makes me shake my head and laugh, and here's why.

Because day to day my family doesn't use a lot of electricity or waste a lot of energy but I'm willing to bet a lot of the people that will take part in Earth Hour tonight, "do" waste a lot of energy.

But tonight will make them feel better about themselves. You know, like carbon credits make Al Gore feel better about the gross amount of power he uses in his seven houses.

The CN Tower will go dark tonight. Big deal. What about the other 364 days of the year - same with Niagara Falls, government buildings and all the huge skyscrapers in town.

Call me a cynic, but Earth Hour is a pointless event that only serves to feed a new industry, the industry that the likes of Gore and David Suzuki are getting rich off, the business of Green hysteria.

Don't kid yourself people, it is big business and it is filled with con artists and hypocrites who don't see a safer or cleaner planet, all they see is opportunity, the opportunity to spread fear through nonsense while selling their act to every gullible goof on the block.

Here's what really makes me laugh. We have the likes of Gore and Suzuki selling us snake oil while tons of people are still throwing their Tim Horton's cups their car windows. Just check out any off-ramp.

We're supposed to live in the dark for an hour tonight, but there won't be any fewer cigarette butts laying on the ground tomorrow.

Millions of suckers will take part tonight, pat themselves on the back, and then go about their business as they always have.

I wonder how many Earth Hour T-shirts have been sold?

Meanwhile, in the next couple of weeks I'll be putting new windows in my house that will cost roughly half of what I bought my first house for. I'm also looking at a new high efficiency furnace and one of those tank-less water heaters.

To some I may look like a hero because of all this, but really, it's got nothing to do with Green hysteria or wanting to help the environment, it's got everything to do with wanting to help Fred Patterson.

I'm doing this because I don't like a drafty house, I'd like an unlimited supply of hot water and I'd like my gas bill to be lower so maybe I can save enough money buy one of those flat screen TV's that use very little energy.

It just so happens that all these products are now made with conservation in mind and by wanting them or needing them I will be doing my part for the environment by purchasing them - and not necessarily by choice I might add, because just about everything we buy is more efficient today.

Cars run cleaner, appliances don't use nearly as much electricity and industry is being forced conform. Generally speaking we're doing a pretty good job of helping the planet through advanced technology and buying the products attached to it.

It's the realistic non-hysterical approach because when you get right down to it, considering our busy lives, there's not much more we can do other than bending over to pick up some litter or turning off our lights for an hour every goddamn night for the rest of time - and you know that ain't gonna happen - anywhere.

Yea, spare me the symbolism and the guilt trip and the hypocricy of everything connected to Earth Hour and the fear of an impending environmental disaster.

Take just half the bullshit attached to Earth Hour, dump it into the Atlantic Ocean, and that my friends would be an environmental disaster.

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March 23, 2009 @ 18:27

I don't know why anyone would be surprised by what transpired on Fox News last week.

The issue isn't that the ibeciles involved poked fun at Canada, it was their ignorance to our involvment in the Afghan War.

I'm sure if they had known the extent to which Canada is involved, and that we had sacrified well over 100 soldiers, they would have backed off and chosen some other area to make fun of Canada.

Which is no big deal because we can take it, just like they should be able to laugh and gafaw when the rest of the world pokes fun at their obvious ignorance, stupidity and epidemical obesity.

Here's the extremely unfunny segment.

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The Pope Is A Dope

March 17, 2009 @ 19:09

If there's anything as useless as religion itself, it's having somebody who represents a religion running around the world spreading naïve nonsense that only makes things worse.

Take Pope Bendmydict or whatever he's called.

While on his way to Africa, aboard his Pontiff Plane, Mr. Popey spread this wisdom about condoms with the same gusto that many of his disciples use to spread the butt cheeks of young alter boys.

Mr. Brilliance said that condoms are not the answer to the HIV/AIDS pandemic that's ravaging Africa - abstinence is the way to go.

Easy for him to say, Bendmydict only uses his Pope-pecker for taking a Pontiff-pees while tens of millions of Africans suffer from a disease crippling a continent.

Of all the ridiculous things to say in 2009 - how could condoms not help?

How bloody naive to expect millions of Africans to buy into his abstinence dream. Great in theory, impossible in practice.

Meanwhile there's a tangible solution like condoms. Something that could be provided, shown and taught.

Wake up Bendmydict. This is Africa. Outside of hunting, screwing is the only other pastime they can afford.

I'm telling ya, I don't know if its age or intelligence but I sure as hell am losing all patience with goddamn religion and all the nonsense attached to it.

It's frightening that someone as powerful as the Pope gets an audience to spew crap that barely stood up a century ago let alone today.

I'd like to tell the Pope to bite my clank, but he'd probably take me up on it.

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20th Anniversary Podcast Of Memories

March 15, 2009 @ 11:56

In reference to the new banner on, yes Humble and I are getting back together for another podcast.

This one will be known as Humble and Fred's 20th Anniversary Podcast of Memories and it will take place Saturday May 2nd at a cool little bar named Dominion on Queen.

Our first three podcasts, Humble and Fred's Message of Hope, Humble and Fred's Gift of Christmas and Humble and Fred's Podcast of Love were all recorded at Dan Duran's house in front of a minute audience.

This time we're taking the show on the road and everyone is welcome to drop by, say hello and take part.

The Dominion on Queen is small, but is capable of handling about the same number of people we attracted to our radio show on a daily basis.

There's room for 90.

If you show up around 1:30 you'll probably arrive just in time for the finishing touches of our set up and the beginning of our show.

We don't know how long it will be and at this point we don't know exactly who the guests will be, but we'll keep you posted over the next few weeks.

I will say this, if you were a fan of the Humble and Fred Show you'll probably want to listen or attend because I'm sure some old familiars will show up.

Saturday, May 2nd. In the afternoon.

I hope to see a lot of people who've become regulars on this blog, and It would be really cool if some other radio people showed up. Even people we didn't work with.

It's OK, the shame won't stick to ya.

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Spread It Around

March 11, 2009 @ 12:32

The OLG is back in the news, and once again it's not for anything nice.

You really have to wonder what they were thinking. Purchasing 22 cars for give-away is rather intriguing, but buying 22 German and Mexican made Mercedes wasn't too bright given the current economic climate.

Even though the steel used in Mercedes is made in Canada and there are thousands of people employed by Mercedes-Benz across Canada it still doesn't look good when the Canadian government is in the process of bailing out General Motors and Chrysler.

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission is quite the group. If they aren't paying millions to their own vendors, they're misplacing bags of unused tickets on street corners.

But enough of that, I have a solution that could turn the reputation of the OLG around almost instantly.

They could contribute to the wonky economy by splitting up the prizes.

If tonight's jackpot is four million, they should make four separate draws and create four new millionaires. This might not be the best example, because the pot is rather low compared to recent weeks.

A couple of weeks ago it was 39 million. That would have been a great opportunity for the OLG to make big noise about "spreading the wealth around" and changing the lives of 39 people instead of one, or two, or as it turned out, three people.

Chances are, if you win 20 million or so, you gonna spend some but you'll probably put most of it in the bank.

But if twenty people win a million, they'll probably spend a big chunk of it by paying off their mortgages and buying some toys. Spread it out, and more comes back into the system.

But don't hold your breath, the OLG claims that sales go up as the jackpot goes up, so if they were to hold prizes to a million bucks sales would suffer.

But you have to wonder by how much, and wonder if they couldn't sacrifice that on the premise of helping more Canadians in these tough economic times.

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Paul Romanuk Checks In

March 9, 2009 @ 18:50

Capitalism rules! blah blah blah The NDP are awful blah blah blah Bob Rae blah blah blah Mats Sundin sucks blah blah blah the Habs are losers blah blah blah Steven Harper, genius blah blah blah

Same old same old.

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Things That Concern Us

March 3, 2009 @ 08:57

Tamil Tigers suicide pilots celebrated in Toronto.

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February 28, 2009 @ 13:31

Canadian Somali Congress
1541 Riverside Dr. Suite 1412
Ottawa, ON
K1G 4E2
(613) 523-2656
February 28, 2009

Hello Mr. Patterson,

I read your blog entry this morning titled "Blame The White Guy." After reviewing the facts contained in that blog, I have to agree with you on all the points that you raised. We in the Canadian Somali Congress, the national advocacy organization representing Canadians of Somali heritage, do not see this as a racial issue. We believe that the police and the crown have behaved in a professional manner and that the problem lies in the lack of witnesses who are willing to come forward.
The Canadian Somali community in Toronto is currently working to encourage these witnesses to come forward and assist in the case. I am kindly requesting that you post this email on your blog so that your readers can understand the real views of the Canadian Somali community on this matter.

Ahmed Hussen
National President
Canadian Somali Congress



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Irvine The Ignorant

February 28, 2009 @ 13:30

This is a posting from Mark Irvine, a former Ontarian turned Alberta oil baron. (in his own mind)

re- Blame The White Guy

White people get handled different than brown folk?

You mean like how the media put so much emphasis on Jane Creba, a pretty middle class white girl that was killed in Toronto? Anyone remember the brown folk killed in a drive by while attending a funeral?

You know Fred, the part where YOUR industry focuses on the death of middle class white folks because it sells. A pretty white girl that gets shot at the Eaton Center is no more tragic than a fat ugly brown girl getting shot.

Just one sells more papers/brings in more ratings than the other.

So maybe that's why they feel so pissed ? You remind me of an American Bush voter. You can't seem to understand why the rest of the world thought he was a tool.

I'd love for you to be a minority for a while man.. but the closest thing you'll get to a minority is having a double burrito at Taco Bell

Mark Irvine

Hey Mark, just so you know my wife is Afro-Canadian. (a term her family refuses to use because its divisive, but I'll use it to make a point)

And by the way, because my wife is "brown" my kids are racially mixed.

If anything, this gives me a better perspective. My wife's family fled South Africa in the 50's because of apartheid. They wanted to give their kids a fair shot at life and they found that in Canada.

My wife's birth certificate has "coloured" stamped across it.

Her family lived in a one bedroom apartment in Scarborough with nothing but mattresses on the floor and they worked thier butts off to eventually buy a beautiful home and live a comfortable and safe life in Canada.

They never once looked for excuses, only for opportunity.... and this was during a time when they stood out as visible minorities and suffered the consequences.

Don't give me this shit about me not knowing what its like to be visible minority. My skin my be white, but I've been part of a "brown folk" family since 1973, and its amazing to see what can be accomplished when you take responsibility for your kids..... because you know Mark, that's the root problem.

I know its cool for psuedo intellectuals like yourself to look beyond the obvious and complicate things. But that is the root problem, parenting. Fix that and we go a long way in fixing the over-all problem.

As for the balance of coverage for the Creba shooting, get serious.

If Jane Creba had been black and shot on in cold blood, while shopping with her mother on Yonge St. on Boxing day it would have definately got the same coverage.

Gang related drives bys are a tad different. You talk big, but you really are an ignoramous.

And by the way, I never go to Taco Bell, I much prefer curry. My mother in law makes the best chicken curry on earth.

Freddie P.

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Blame The White Guy

February 27, 2009 @ 08:52

What a shame. What a shame that following yesterday's shocking acquittal of two accused murderers, this is what comes of it.

A year ago 18-year-old Abdikarim Ahmed Abdikarim was killed and five others wounded in a brazen shooting at a housing complex in the city's west end.

Although captured on video, yesterday the crown determined there wasn't enough evidence to go forward with the trial, so the accused, Owen Anthony Smith and Wendell Damian Cuff were set free.

The video failed to supply positive identification, but more importantly, the five wounded men refused to come forward with any information so the prosecution was screwed.

The whole thing came back to a growing problem in Toronto, the refusal of victims to "snitch" fearing backlash.

Unfortunately, there are those who choose to take it in a completely different direction.

You can understand the disraught family of the murder victim lashing out and blaming everyone and everything for what happened, but there are no excuses for the words of Osman Ali, head of the Somali Canadian Association yesterday.

He took the race route

"What's another black Somali who's been killed?" he asked as others nodded. "We feel it would have been handled in a different way if he was a white Canadian."

How the hell can this become a race issue? The video failed to provide positive identification and five eye witnesses refused to speak. What could anyone in the "white" community have done differently without eye witnesses?

Ali went on to say this. "It's more painful when the justice system fails you than when the criminals do," he said.


Police used a couple of "tips" and made lightning quick arrests in the case, but to nail it down they needed eye witnesses, and even though they had five, in the end they had none.

The justice system didn't fail Abdikarim Ahmed Abdikarim, his five buddies failed him.

Police are convinced with the help of just one of the five wounded this could have been a no brainer, open and shut.

But instead facing the facts, Osman Ali prefers to take a wild turn and run it up the over-used, broken down and heavily abused racism road.

And frankly, as a white Canadian I'm offended.

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