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Comments That Make Us Puke - Heather Mallick

August 10, 2011 @ 16:09

The Dark Heart Of England

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Excuses Excuses

August 10, 2011 @ 08:29

What's the hold-up? I for the life of me can't figure out why the British Army isn't on the city streets of London with their guns drawn.

Already I'm tired of all the usual lefty bullshit that sights discrimination and socio-economics as reasons for what's going on in Britain.

And I've heard the comparisons to what happened in Toronto during the G-20 summit and on one level I agree. The vicious little malcontent turds who were responsible for Toronto are the same type of turd that is running through the streets of London and now various other cities in England.

These punks could care less about the guy who was shot my police last week; all that did was provide an excuse for what they're doing now.

How does a protest against a police shooting turn into a new I-pod plucked from a store window? I don't get the connection?

How does a protest against a police harrassment turn into the mugging of another citizen?

How does a protest against a supposedly unfair British society turn into the burning of a business that might be able to give you a job?

Oh yea, jobs. That's part of the excuse. Apparently there are no jobs for a certain community in England. They've been shut-out for some reason.

Meanwhile, Britain has a population every bit as diverse as Canada and it seems other communities don't have a problem. Hell, just like Canada if the job market is tight they create their own jobs by opening business's that often cater directly to their own community.

It's called the free-market system, or better still, survival.

It's amazing, here we are in the year 2011 and still one community in particular still hasn't figured out that first and foremost they need community leaders who look inward, and secondly, the best way to get ahead is by doing it yourself.

The excuses are really becoming tiring. Twenty or thirty years ago, yea, there was some basis for pointing fingers, but too much time has passed since then with very little or no action by those who consider themselves victims.

How do other communities develop and thrive? How do other communities scrimp and save and take responsibility for who they bring into the world and then contribute to society?

I'm sure some of you will read this and claim I'm a simpleton that the problem runs much deeper than I will ever appreciate, and that's OK. I would simply reply with this.

What's your solution? What can be done that already hasn't been tried over the past quarter century? Why is the blame always one way?

What's a better solution than taking responsibility for your own actions, direction and offspring?

Call in the army.

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Got Any One Liners?

August 9, 2011 @ 08:00

Needless to say, the following story is terrible and should be taken quite seriously. But in our changing world, if you don't laugh, you cry, and that's why I thought to lessen the blow of this disgusting story we look at the lighter side.

SANTA ANA, CALIF - "A U.S. man convicted of ejaculating into a co-worker's water bottle has been ordered to pay the woman more than $27,000.
The Los Angeles Times says a judge on Monday ordered Michael Kevin Lallana to pay the woman for loss of wages, therapy and medical expenses. Lallana was convicted earlier this year of two misdemeanour counts of battery.
Prosecutors say Lallana deposited his semen twice last year in the water bottle of a co-worker at Northwestern Mutual Mortgage Co. in Newport Beach.
The woman drank from the bottle both times, throwing the first one away after detecting a foul taste. The second time she sent the bottle to a lab for testing.
Lallana was arrested in July 2010 and his DNA was later matched to the water bottle."

Got any one liners? I'll get us started - and I'll put yours on the front page - remember this was a terrible, terrible thing.

- "He brewed her a bottle of Semen's Cream Ale."

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Butt Pigs

August 8, 2011 @ 11:58

I saw it again today. Somebody standing in front of the drug store. He finished his cigarette and threw the butt on the ground before stepping on it.

I'm stupefied by this because I'm convinced a lot of the people who throw their dirty cigarette butts on the ground are the same people who probably wouldn't throw a McDonald's bag on the ground.

It's a funny thing about smokers, there seems to be a disconnect with their filthy butts.

Of course there are exceptions to every rule - but I've seen people I know and love dearly commit this double standard. They would no sooner think of opening their car window and throwing an empty water bottle on the grassy part of an off-ramp, but they don't think twice about dropping a cigarette butt on the ground.

Like its connected to the size or something. A little tiny cigarette butt isn't going to make a difference.

Well in reality, a cigarette butt causes way more environment damage than a paper bag or a water bottle. A lot of today's paper decomposes rapidly and water bottles can actually be picked up.

Cigarette butts lie there. Often unnoticeable unless your in one of those areas where there are hundreds of them. And you know what? They can take up to four years to decompose.

Smoking is disgusting enough without smokers throwing the results all over the place - and it's an epidemic. From my experience, I'd say the vast majority of smokers are sloppy with their cigarette butts. They just drop them or throw them where ever the hell they feel like it.

Yet they wouldn't do the same thing with other forms of litter. Crazy.

A few months ago while I was in Peterborough I was exposed to the ultimate example of hypocrisy.

They had a soap box in Peterborough Square during the federal election campaign. It was put together by the NDP and Green Party so you know it didn't go over to well when I took the soap box and defended the government's purchase of new fighter jets.

To tell you the truth I was both eloquent and convincing and it didn't sit well the socialists. Politicians are not supposed to take part in this soap box, so they immediately accused me of being a politician. It was hilarious.

They wanted everyone's opinion, but only if they liked it.

Anyway after I stepped down from the box I was immediately attacked by a young woman who was beside herself with frustration. She wore a Green Party badge on her chest and she held a cigarette in hand.

She didn't like what I had to say, and she was convinced to say such things I must have been sent there by the Conservatives.

And at the end of the diatribe she took the smoke from her mouth, dropped it on the ground and stepped on it.

I probably don't have to tell you that the topic of the conversation changed on a dime.

A Green Party member had just dropped a cigarette on the ground and I thoroughly enjoyed the hypocrisy. When I pointed it out to her she stuttered and stammered and claimed she always holds on to her butts and this was an exception.

"You hold on to your butts?" I asked.
"Yes" she said.
"And when you hold on to them, what do you do with them, where do you put them?"

She couldn't answer. It was unbelievable, she couldn't even come up with another lie, but she did have a side-kick with greasy hair and bad teeth who stepped up and backed up her claim that she always holds on to her butts.

It was pathetic - much like anyone else who throws their stinkin' butts on the ground.

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Fuckin' With The Fat Guy

August 4, 2011 @ 09:52

Why is there a debate where there is no debate?

I'm referring to the aggravating back and forth between those rational people who know its time to shut-down several Toronto libraries and those who are opposed.

The numbers say it all. Toronto has 93 public libraries and 700 schools with each containing their own separate library.

You may have noticed that technology has changed our researching habits quite a bit over the past few years, so the need for going to the local library has diminished somewhat.

It's a given. A no brainer. A slam dunk. Libraries are going the way of the typewriter so its time to update.

In this case update means taking a whole whack of them and shutting them down. It makes complete sense.

But ah, there-in lies the reason for this non-debate. The anti-Ford regime in Toronto has decided to latch onto this issue as a way of getting at the Mayor in their favourite way.

They like to paint him as a fat, stupid, ignorant boor who has no class and very little appreciation for the arts and personal expression. Painting the Mayor anti-library helps the cause.

The amazing thing is, shutting down a bunch of libraries may actually help those who still choose a library for their research and development. They may have to travel a little farther, but if say one/third of Toronto's public libraries are shut-down, it will make the remaining two/thirds that much better.

Having school libraries remain open beyond school hours is another option that is being ignored. To eliminate a lot of the duplication is some areas seems sensible, but it's not a good play for the anti-Ford forces who choose to over-look the sensible if it means attacking the man.

Make no mistake about it, that's what this is about.

And I don't even want to talk about Margaret Atwood. Here blabberings do nothing more than show how out of touch she is.

She claims the Mayor is attacking the arts and literature, when it reality she and the lefty brigade in Toronto are whoring this issue to attack the Mayor.

This issue has nothing to do with kids being able to read books. That will not change with fewer libraries in Toronto. If you really want a book, they'll still be there, you might have to drag your ass a little further, or instead of going to a public library you might find yourself in a school, but rest assured, books will not disappear.

But here's the bottom line, whether we like it or not, books with covers and pages don't play the part in our lives that they used to. Kids get their info and pleasure from different places now and that's made many libraries empty if not obsolete.

Why keep payin' for it?

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I Probably Know Him

August 3, 2011 @ 13:49

Right off the top I'll explain why I removed the comments from the posting "Update" which was posted on July 24th.

I did it to protect the innocent, including a couple of dead guys.

Anyone who frequents this blog knows I can take a shot, because I've left lots of them on the site. But when other people are mentioned in a derogatory fashion and slime balls start to post while pretending to be other people I know, then it's time to stop the fun.

I left the stuff up there for over a week, but when it started to degenerate into nonsense I thought I'd give it a wipe.

I'm convinced it's just the work of one guy and I'm sure if I had the technology to travel back through cyber-space I wouldn't be surprised to learn the identity of the culprit.

It's definitely someone I've worked with somewhere, sometime. One of those guys who always thought he got a raw deal and it was him who should have had the successful career and all that comes with it.

It really is amazing that someone could sit behind their computer and deliver such distasteful stuff and not have enough guts to put their name to it.

I've said it before, it's the same kind of person who puts a mask over their face and then throws rocks through windows on Yonge St. They want to make a statement, but they don't have the backbone to stand behind it.

And I know what you're thinkin'. You're thinkin' Frederick, what are you doing? By writing this stuff you're just giving the weasel what he wants, attention. It will empower the slithering prick and he'll keep doing it.

So be it. The vast majority of the people who visit are great people who have the best of intentions and aren't caught up in their own failures.

On that note, I must acknowledge the wonderful notes and comments I received, and they were in the vast majority.

The encouragement I got from people both inside and outside the business was nothing short of amazing and it was much appreciated.

As for the future, as I promised a couple of weeks ago, it isn't over - as a matter of fact the next chapter is just beginning. As of Monday I'll be going to a west Toronto location on a daily basis to plan the strategy for my next adventure which includes another guy you might know.

The world it's a changin' and it's changin' at breakneck speed. Technology now allows us to by-pass and leap-frog a lot of bullshit and now is the time to take advantage.

I would ask you to stay tuned, be patient and most of all, support what is to come.

I'm loving yooz. Each and every one of yuz.

Even the creepy little weasel jellyfish fuck hiding behind his keyboard - probaby with his pants around his ankles.

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What Am I Missing Here?

August 3, 2011 @ 13:47

Today's story about the Canadians stranded in Paris left me shakin' my less than attractive head.

As you start to read the story about 200 Canadians stranded at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris on Monday you prepare yourself for a living nightmare. Terms like "hostage taking" are actually used to describe the delays attached to a Sunwing flight that ran into hydraulic problems.

Hey shit happens, especially when you want the cheapest flight available so you opt for a cattle bin charter that offers nothing but a narrow seat.

Yes, 36 hours is a long time to be delayed, but when I read the headlines and the first couple of paragraphs I was under the impression these people were shoved into a room and forgotten about for a day and a half.

But that's not the case. Sunwing not only provided meal vouchers, they also provided hotel rooms and transportation back and forth. Really, they did about all they could do given the circumstances.

But that wasn't enough for the whiners, bitchers and complainers.

One group that travelled together refused a hotel because some boys would have to stay in the same room as some girls. They thought they were entitled to two rooms.

It makes you appreciate how coddled and pampered we are in this country and our great sense of entitlement.

Sunwing not only offered total refunds to those who wanted them, they offered to give the same amount in future travel vouchers.

Nope, not good enough.

Don't get me wrong, if this delay had happened and the passengers "were" forced to stay in the terminal it would have been a whole other story. But that wasn't the case.

A hydraulic system had to be flown in from London and then it was lost for a few hours and the airline, accepting full responsibility did absolutely everything they could for those who were inconvenienced.

For this to make major news in Canada, and be described as a "hostage taking" solidifies what we all should know.

What a great country we live in.

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Yea, Blame The Cops

August 3, 2011 @ 13:46

Here's another reason we're lucky to live in Canada.

A couple of assholes take guns to the Caribbean Carnival on the weekend and the story becomes the cops - as usual.

Rosie DiManno takes a shot at the SIU today and paints the picture of a police force shrouded in secrecy out to protect its own.

Forget that its another blemish on Caribana or whatever the hell else they want to call this picnic for gun slingers - lets piss all over the cops who have a thank less job to do, especially those assigned to this event which traditionally comes with a whack of outlaws who could give two shits about who gets caught in the cross fire.

First of all, I don't know why anyone would want to go to this event. Given its history and compared to the likelihood of dying from a bullet in Canada, you increase your chances of demise about a thousand fold by going anywhere near this thing.

And yes I know, to cover my ass from all you bleeding heart jerk-offs ready to pounce and use the "R" word, it's not fair.

It's not fair that such a celebration designed with the best of intentions is dragged through the mud every year.

The vast, vast majority of those who attend come peacefully and without intent to kill, but that means fuck all to the poor bastard who nearly lost his eye simply for watching a parade while standing on the streets of Toronto.

Why is it nobody ever gets shot or dies at the Santa Claus Parade or the Gay Pride Parade, huh?

As for the SIU and the crap they're dealing with. It's so easy for the likes of DiManno to take a shot at them and make the release of a dead thug's name the issue.

It gets the vocal minority revved up. It stirs up the cop haters and the anti-establishment crowd and makes for good copy.

It's makes me wanna puke.

Here's a run down on what the real focus of this story should be.

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July 24, 2011 @ 11:59

Hey Everybody

I'm sure you've noticed I haven't posted much lately. Much like last summer, I've had a lot going on and it's affected my discipline to sit down and write stuff.

But know this, in the coming weeks and months I will have more time.

I'm no longer working in Peterborough. This led to that, and that led to more and the next thing you know, you're cleanin' out the office you pretty much furnished at your own expense.

But that's OK because I had been away from home much too long.

I may look like a dummy, but three years ago when I took the job at Corus Peterborough I decided not to sell the brick palace in Brampton and it was the best thing I could have done.

Oh yea. Once you move out of the big smoke it's tough to move back. Unless of course you're coming back to be a highly paid morning man and those days are in my rear view mirror.

While in Peteborough I rented a small apartment and I stayed there four nights a week, which meant I was away from my darlin' Delyse more than I was with her, and after a while that's just too much.

But hey, I was committed to the job and looked at it as a re-invention and a learning experience. And yes it was. I'm re-invented and I learned a lot.

About management, people and trust.... especially trust.

I will miss the crew in Peterborough. They are a great bunch. Especially the youngins, of which there is a very talented group headed for big things if they're allowed to develop with the proper influence.

Needless to say, I've got some great stories to tell, the radio biz is a fascinating one but I'll enlighten you at a later time when it makes sense.

In the meantime, I'm going to take the next few weeks and spend more time with Delyse and re-adjust to living at home full time again. I love the thought.

I will also think about the next step, and besides talking to a couple of people who have reached out already, I will huddle with a former humble partner and map strategy on an exciting project.

Details in a week or so when I return from the Tin Palace.

And I promise, the same promise I made last summer, and it's a promise I kept, when I return I will blog with a vengeance.

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Comments We Like - Mike Stafford

June 28, 2011 @ 08:00

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

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