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E-mail - Wayne Rockel

January 30, 2009 @ 08:50

Dear Mr. Patterson,

I would like to ask for permission to use your "Message to the Osgoode Shooter" blog entry with my grade 7/8 students if that is ok with you. We are looking at responding to differing text formats and your piece was extremely good and will resonate with the students.

Please give me the thumbs up or down. I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago and really enjoy reading your take on lots of things. I also used to enjoy listening to you growing up in Mississauga.

Glad to be able to at least read you again.

Many thanks,

Wayne Rockel
IT/ Intermediate teacher
Billy Green School, HWDSB
Stoney Creek, ON

Hey Wayne,

Go for it. I'm honoured.

Freddie P.

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Message To The Osgoode Shooter

January 23, 2009 @ 08:50

I'm sure you pulled that gun for a valid reason yesterday but I'd like you to stop down for a few minutes and consider the other side.

I realize I'm stepping over the line here, but I really want you to appreciate the impact your actions could have had yesterday.

Believe me, I can imagine it's a drag when somebody disrespects you with a look or a gesture, or when somebody comes up a little short when you want to sell them a bag of something, or if somebody wants to borrow your woman, but come on, a gun on a crowded subway platform?

Again, let me apologize for being so bold because I know Canadian society has been unfair to you by not providing all the things necessary to thrive in this country.

We make sure you've got a roof over your head, money in your pockets and medicine in the cupboard if you need it, but obviously that's not enough.

You need more. You must need more because the same things keep happening time and time again and way more often than not, it seems to involve people with your profile.

You come from a certain part of the city, your family structure is somewhat flimsy and despite your apparent poverty, you wear the best of clothes, hats and shoes.

We'd like to give you more, but we're not really sure what it is you need.

There are jobs if you want to prove you deserve them. You might argue that people of your profile can't get jobs but that goes out the window every time I walk into a business and see hard working kids who under the clothes, look just like you.

They can get jobs, why can't you?

Education? It's there if you want it, but that's the problem, you've got to want it.

Excuses? We can't give you any more of those because they've all been exhausted. I'm sure over the next few days we'll hear the same old excuses in your defense, and once again you'll try to hide behind them, but for most people, that's become tiresome.

What we'd really like to give you is a little more guidance, but the very people who should provide that guidance don't seem to want to provide it.

You don't want the establishment to tell you how to live or act, apparently you'd prefer it to come from within your own community, but for some reason, as the months and years go by, there's nobody in your community willing to step forward and accept that role.

It's interesting that yesterday's shooting took place just a couple of days after Barack Obama became President of the United States. A large part of his platform was the insistence that "people" become accountable for their own lives. Take responsibility for your actions, with the children you father at the top of the list.

But hey, that's the States, and this is Canada, maybe you're right and the rules should be different and when you get right down to it, you'd rather Obama provide more excuses not solutions.

That damn Obama. How dare he prove that any man is capable of any thing.

In Canada you should be able to run wild and do whatever you want and then blame the consequences on somebody else and that leads me back to the point of this posting.

If you must pull your gun on a crowded subway platform again think of the people around you.

I know it's hard, because most of them represent everything you hate about our society, they're hard working, decent people who on their way to somewhere so they can look after their "families" - you know, taking responsibility for the people they've brought into the world.

But really, the next time you want to shoot somebody who's dissed you in a crowded place, please look around and appreciate that one of your stray bullets could kill somebody I love.

You bastard.

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You've Got To Be Kidding

January 22, 2009 @ 17:19

'Obama Fried Chicken' turns NAACP's stomach

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Get A Load Of This

January 21, 2009 @ 20:39

The Ontario Coaltion Against Poverty, a radical group of malcontents, is now posting on

This is their response to my entry, CUPE 3903.

"The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty stands behind the striking CUPE 3903 works until the bitter end, just as you have supported us morally and financially for more than a decade.

And if the province were to force back to work legislation I hope CUPE 3903 would not follow such undemocratic laws."

Check out their whacky website, but be prepared to feel guilty for being successful.

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Comments We Like - Mike Stafford

January 21, 2009 @ 16:23

The speech.

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CUPE 3903

January 21, 2009 @ 07:59

Can you imagine anyone rejecting a 9.25 percent wage increase in these stormy economic times?

It happened at York University last night. Not only were these CUPE members offered almost ten percent over three years, they were also offered improved benefits packaged and better job security.

But they said no. Overwhelmingly. In January of 2009, when people are being thrown onto the street like bags of garbage, the part -time CUPE members at York University think they're special.

For some reason, they don't think the current economic climate should affect them, and the fact that thousands of York University students could lose their year, has little or no affect on these people.

There are thousands of students who paid their tuition in good faith expecting to go to school this year, but they've been literally robbed by CUPE 3903.

Sorry, but that's the way I look at it.

There are all kinds of labour disputes and they all have to be considered differently, and to my mind, the members of CUPE 3903 should have their asses ordered back to work yesterday.

If you're in a union that doesn't directly affect the lives of others then go crazy, enjoy your sit ins, strikes and barrel bonfires, but when you're unrealistic greed means somebody's kid can't go to school, then it's time for action.

It's time for the Premier of this Province to stop sitting on the fence, recall the legislature and restore this essential service.

Yes, essential service.

University tuitions are staggering and time is crucial for the students who registered at York fully expecting to get their year. Rents were paid, food has been bought and the expenses are piling up while a union jumps for joy over holding out even longer.

I know firsthand the stress that what's going on at York is causing the students who have been pushed to the sidelines. Even if the strike was to end now, many students would be forced to continue school through the summer, meaning crucial summer jobs would be sacrificed.

And that would mean larger loans.

I honestly can't believe that these "teachers" who continuously claim to put their profession and students first, can sit back and watch the students flap in the wind.

CUPE 3903 needs a reality check. Despite the offer, they're demanding more money and more benefits and more job security.

Who the hell in 2009 gets guaranteed job security?

It's a whole new frontier and its time the Premier pointed that out.

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I Hate Geeses to Pieces

January 16, 2009 @ 09:04

It hasn't been revealed "officially" what kinds of birds were sucked into the engine of US Airways flight 1549 yesterday, but you can bet your ass they were Canada Geese.

These bastards are becoming a huge problem, not only in Southern Ontario, but pretty well everywhere between here and the Florida panhandle.

Their population is out of control and to appreciate that, all you have to do is take a walk along the beaches of Lake Ontario in the summer, or visit any goddamn golf course in the province or spend a few minutes on the front lawn of my tin palace.

They can't walk a step without dropping a load.

Something has to be done about Canada Geese, and now that they almost killed 155 people in New York City yesterday, there is no time to spare.

They are filthy disgusting beasts that have become fat and lazy over the past decade.

They used to migrate, but thanks to the warm water that flows out of our nuclear generating plants, they've become conditioned to colder weather and more and more they choose to adjust their travel plans, and thanks to conservationist or their classification as a national bird or whatever the hell they are, their population has spun out of control.

They never used to inhabit the lake that my trailer sits on, but now they control it. They never used to be an issue in the GTA, nothing more than a pleasant site from time to time, but now they own the bloody province.

And they're quickly becoming a problem in the northern states.

I was listening to some talk radio out of New York last night on WABC and the hosts there are convinced it was Canada Geese that caused the problem. The population around New York City has exploded and a flock of the big fat bastards got in the way of that plane yesterday.

They're huge, and apparently just one of them sucked into an engine can cause problems.

It's time for a culling. It should be open season on Canada Geese. We should be able to eliminate them like we do mice or rats because they're on the same level. At the very least the all levels of government should step up a spraying program that prevents eggs from hatching.

But if you really want to get creative we should be able to shoot the buggers willy-nilly then take them to a government run slaughter-house where they're prepared for eating and then delivered to homeless shelters.

Enough is enough.

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Comments We "Like" - Michele Mandel

January 14, 2009 @ 19:48

The sorrow of Amandeep

It's hard to believe that Canada can leave itself open to "Neanderthal Marriage."

What blows me away, is that in 2009 there is still anyone on the face of this earth that doesn't think an arranged marriage is anything but disgusting, immoral and oppressive.

Screw culture and screw religion, the rights and well being of any young woman on this globe should trump it all.

Dowrys - give me a big freakin' colossal break.

Not only should the father-in-law be charged with murder, so should her parents.

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War - What Is It Good For

January 10, 2009 @ 10:31

I've received several e-mails this week from readers requesting my take on what's taking place in Gaza right now.

The same thing keeps coming to mind whenever I think about what's apparently going on over there and the spin its getting in the media.

I say apparently, because between the news black out enforced by the Israeli's, and the propaganda that's coming through Hamas, it's hard to know exactly what's going on.

What keeps coming to mind is and old saying. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."

I think explains a lot of the anti-Israeli sentiment that you see in the main-stream media.

It's actually anti-American. The Americans are the number one ally of the Israeli's, so its convenient business to beat up on Israel and hope it somehow sticks to Americans.

It may sound like a stretch, but sorry, that's the way I perceive it. For some, looking for new reasons to hate the USA is a full time job. Life is so simple.

In so much of what you read it's amazing how a couple of facts are continuously overlooked.

First of all, long before Israel launched this "defense", Hamas was systematically launching crude missiles into border towns in Israel. But for some reason, this didn't matter to a lot of the bleeding hearts who are now screaming bloody murder.

Secondly, it's conveniently forgotten that Hamas, although elected, is a terrorist organization that puts the eventual elimination of Israel far ahead of looking after its citizens.

If Hamas cared anything about the people of Gaza, they wouldn't launch "offensives" from school yards and public buildings, something that has been proven.

They're actually inviting retaliation so "innocents" die, because it helps the propaganda machine that so many Western news agencies buy into.

Again, none of us knows exactly what's going on over there so you have to take it for face value.

Israel is constantly under threat by organizations and governments that don't hesitate to publicly call for its annihilation with religion being the underlying issue.

Therefore, shit happens.

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Surprise Surprise

January 10, 2009 @ 09:58

I've always been against Toronto hosting the Olympics games because I'm convinced in Southern Ontario it would be a recipe for disaster.

Cost over-runs are pretty well guaranteed, but when you couple that with a socialist city council that's become entrenched in Toronto, a city council that's proved they can't run a lemonade stand let alone hold the Olympics, having the games come to this part of the country would be downright punishing.

It doesn't matter how they're presented, the Olympics always carry baggage that remains long after the games have been held, the medals have been awarded and organizers have patted themselves on the back.

Unfortunately, most of the baggage isn't revealed until commitments have been made, contracts have been signed and the games approach.

Vancouver is a prime example.

The people of that great city were slapped upside the head this week when they were told taxpayers are now on the hook for an Olympic Village that originally was estimated to cost 750 million dollars, but will now cost 875 million dollars.

And you can bet your sweet ass that's only the beginning. Already there are rumblings that it will eventually balloon to over a billion.

It's the result of a financing plan gone wrong.

I hope nobody in Vancouver in surprised by this. It's part of the game when you host the Olympics and its only going to get worse, and to go back to the top of this fascinating piece, the extent of the damage won't be known until long after everybody's gone home.

Between now and the people of Vancouver can expect to keep hearing about cost overruns and other problems that weren't anticipated, and from there will become not only their problem, but our problem as well because somewhere along the line the federal government will be expected to help out.

Meanwhile, like most other deals of this type, there are a select few on the inside who will get rich.... or richer.

Olympics? No thanks.

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