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March 20, 2008 @ 09:31

My sweet wife and I had words last night.

It was a heated argument over the Barack Obama controversy and how much he should be held accountable.

There’s part of me that wants to cut the guy some slack. I don’t think he should be pulverized for the words of his Pastor, but my wife disagrees.

“He’s running for President of the United States” said Delyse. “It changes the rules.”

Delyse thinks if Obama had political aspirations he should have disassociated with this guy long ago and the fact he didn’t makes him pretty stupid.

What Jeremiah Wright said was way over the line and it’s ridiculous to think that Obama wasn’t aware of it, and disgusting to think that he’d continually sit in a pew year after year listening to Wright's crap.

“And what about his young daughters” asked my sweet love dot. “Have they sat there and listened to all that venom about white people? What kind of impression has it had on them? Why wouldn’t Americans start to have doubts about Obama and what he really stands for and thinks?”

Good questions to which I only had feeble come back.

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E-mail From Mandy

March 19, 2008 @ 09:42

I received this response to the posting "Shelfish". This comment is not directed at me, more at other people who posted comments.

"Mr. Badesha has every right to ride his motorcycle w/o a helmet. It is
a civil right given under the canadian charter of rights and freedoms
under section 2(b)everyone has the freedom of religion.

No, he can't take off his turban and no he can't place a helmet upon
it.

How would you want your rights and freedoms taken away and not be
protected under the CRF? You can't pick and choose who should be
protected under it and who shouldn't be.

The real issue here, is about money. Money that the Government is
afraid will have to pay out. The law was put into place, forcing people
to wear helmets: NOT for their safety, but because, of the fear of NOT
wearing helmets would cause greater health care costs. The government
made a law, to save tax payers dollars at the cost of our freedoms. The
same freedoms granted to us by the Canadian Charter of Rights and
Freedoms.

Your bloody tax dollars are going to the war in the MIddle East and
that's BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars. I don't see anythign happening
about that. I feel just because this situation is on a smaller scale
people are attacking Mr. Badesha. There is no one making a media alert
issue about the war and how tax payer dolllars are being used there.

By the way Mr. Badesha does pay for his OWN HEALTH CARE COST! He's a
tax payer just like the rest of you! You should blame the people who
are on welfare how use the public health care system and don't
contribute it but use it for free. Sadly, enough the people on welfare
aren't the immigrants but the people who claim Canada is THEIR country
and who tell them "leave my country"

By the way this isn't your country. Don't forget you didn't come
here first! The Natives and Aboriginals did. We have just as much of a
right to be here as much as you do. If imigrants weren't needed here
then why was the open door policy created? It was done to attract
immigrants because the sad truth is w/o immigrants canada would be
nothing.

Ps. If you hate the diversity and the multicultrualism maybe you should
leave. I heard the Americans are looking for ignorants like you. Oh and
if you don't want to take the plane then god damn take the bus."

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Too Funny

March 18, 2008 @ 09:32

Back in 2001 I thought it rather odd that the International Olympic Committee would choose Beijing over Toronto for the 2008 Olympics.

After all, given China’s horrific record of human rights, why would you want to bring all the athletes of the world together in a country that oppresses its people?

I’m sure it was money.

I'm sure enough people within the IOC got thick brown envelopes which made their decision rather easy. Go into the communist country that brutalizes its people instead of coming to a place like Toronto, which if nothing else, is a model of racial harmony, human rights and freedom.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the right people were paid off back in 2001 because I think bringing the Olympic Games to Toronto would have been a financial nightmare, only heightened by the whack job mayor and socialist council that currently has control.

But that’s not my point.

The IOC should never have considered China in the first place, and I find it deliciously ironic that there’s a growing call for a boycott this summer because of what’s going on in Tibet.

I’m not a fan of the Olympics so I could care less what happens this summer, but that doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy the bullshit that will take place between now and then.

The IOC is suspect to say the least and too many athletes come from countries that encourage doping and cheating.

Doping and cheating that continues to take place because some of those countries actually pay people to find ways to stay one step ahead of the rules, and the Chinese are some of the worst culprits.

Therefore, to my mind the Olympics are a waste of time and the IOC’s decision to go to Beijing in 2001 only highlights what’s wrong with the whole movement.

If a boycott happens I’ll feel bad for all the clean athletes who have trained so hard, but that sorrow will be covered by laughter.

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Go Away Woman

March 18, 2008 @ 09:30

Those who defend themselves have a fool for a client.”

I’m not sure if that’s the actual saying, but it probably describes Heather Mills after yesterday’s ruling by a London judge.

Looking for upwards of 250 million dollars U.S. in her settlement with Paul McCartney, Mills ended up with a paltry fifty million.

A nice deal considering that Mills had virtually nothing to do with the 1.6 billion dollar fortune that McCartney amassed over forty years.

But you have to wonder if she blew it by representing herself. Even though she was married to McCartney for only four years, historically a lot of women in similar situations have done a lot better than Mills did yesterday.

The upside is this.

Fifty million is more than enough for Mills to run off and hide for the rest of her life because in the world of public opinion, she’s become dead meat.

A greedy witch who tried to put her claws into money that she had no right to.

Even if she writes a book I don’t think anyone will want to read it.


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Multiculturalism

March 17, 2008 @ 09:27

My sweet mother-in-law phoned me on Saturday and she was quite excited to tell me something.

“Freddie! Have you got a copy of the Star today?!”
“Yes Joan, why?”
“There’s a good article in the “Idea’s” section that everyone should read!”
“What’s it about?”
“It’s called Multiculturalism’s nemesis and it’s very interesting!”
“OK, I’ll check it out.”
“You should!”

Let me explain, my mother-in-law is a very intelligent women, and whenever we get together she likes to discuss the state of the world with me.

I should also explain that she was born a “coloured” South African who now considers herself nothing but Canadian having lived here for 30 years.

She has no time for hyphenated Canadians, segregation, black centric schools or anything else that divides people.

And she especially has no time for people who come to Canada and use it for a few years before trotting back to their homeland.

Living under apartheid will do that to you.

As for my take on the article, I think Phillip's perception of what's going on in Canada is a little naiive, because the British warning signals are all around us and until people wake up and stop worrying about being so goddamn politically correct, we’re heading for the same trouble.

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My Sweet Lord Gio Rana's Is Really Really Nice

March 17, 2008 @ 09:25

This is a picture of my buddy Doug. Even though it looks like it, he’s not dead. This is him asleep during a road trip to Michigan.

Doug is my longest and dearest friend. He moved onto my street when we were five years old and we’ve never lost contact.

At one point he almost became my cousin, and then several years later we actually did become somewhat related when Doug married Leverne, who’s my wife’s cousin.

Anyway, on Friday night we got together and had dinner at a place I’ve mentioned before, but a place I just have to mention again because Friday night may have been the best restaurant dinner I’ve ever had.

We went to "Gio Rana’s Really Really Nice Restaurant" at Queen and Leslie. It’s owned by the same people who used to own The Nose on Yonge Street, in fact they’ve moved the actual “nose” down to this location.

I consider Gio Rana’s an authentic Italian restaurant because I’ve been to Italy and it’s probably the closest thing to Italian food that I’ve experienced without having my ass parked in Rome.

Friday night I had the Involtini – shredded pork wrapped with rib eye steak and a glob of goat cheese and top with a thin gravy or sauce.

I won’t even begin to try and describe it because I don’t have the literally talent. All I can tell you is that it was fabulous, an interesting combination of tastes in a portion that wasn’t overwhelming.

I had started with the grilled calamari that is done to perfection at Gio Rana’s, and we also ordered a vegetable tray that featured new potatoes, sweet potato mash with chestnut butter, asparagus with gorgonzola and shredded brussel sprouts with asiago and pancetta.

What a meal. It was freakin’ fantastic and I highly recommend that you give this restaurant a try.

They don’t take reservations.

After dinner we went back to Doug and Laverne’s to witness the new addition to their house, a lovely sun room that includes a 47 inch plasma.

After pouring me a nice cognac Doug fired up the new TV and being a Beatles fanatic he chose one of his many Beatle-esc DVD’s to show me his outstanding resolution.

It was the “Concert for Geroge” put together by Eric Clapton in 2002 exactly one year after George died of brain cancer. I remember hearing of the concert, but I had never seen the DVD or really heard any of the music from it.

I’m always behind the times when it comes to this kind of stuff.

Anyway, it was fabulous and it featured appearances by Tom Petty, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. George’s son Dhani was also part of the mix and it’s remarkable how much he looks like his old man. At least he did back in 2002.

Also part of the show was Billy Preston who was often referred to as the fifth Beatle.

It was Preston’s version of My Sweet Lord that was my favourite part of the concert, and here it is.

If you haven’t seen it, take a few minutes to enjoy it.... if you have seen it, and your chuckling about how out of date this is, then piss off or watch it again.


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Why Can't The Kids Just Get Along

March 14, 2008 @ 10:52

The actions of Ryerson student Justin Morris are indefensible, but sometimes passion makes us do stupid things.

Morris was upset that the University’s student union has invited former Black Panther Dr. Angela Davis and activist Maxwell Stanford Jr. to speak at the school, so he sent a dumb e-mail to union president Heather Kere who just happens to be black.

Morris, within his right, feels the Black Panther’s were an extremely racist group and he doesn’t think they belong in the school. No more than a "former" white supremest should be allowed on campus.

And we all know what kind of shit would hit the fan if that ever happened.

Again, Morris should not have sent the e-mail that was very accusatory and he plans to apologize for it, but he wonders why there’s no sensitivity when it comes to anti-white organizations.

And that raises another twist. Morris is the web controller for the Conservative club at Ryerson and his actions caught the ire of another group on campus group called “United Black Students.”

UBS was so pissed off they sent letters to John Tory and Stephen Harper demanding an apology from both Conservative parties and wanting somebody to officially kick Morris’s ass.

Just another day at Ryerson, but it begs for these questions to be asked?

Why can’t these kids just come to school, do their work and go home? Why is it so important to create divisive clubs while you’re supposed to be getting an education to prepare yourself for the real world?

Does the school really need a Conservative club, and does it really need a United Black Club. (United against what?) and is it really necessary to spend time and money on inviting former Black Panthers to the school if it rubs somebody the wrong way?

Sometimes I get the impression one group is created just to counter-balance another and that only leads to conflict.

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At The End Of The Day

March 14, 2008 @ 10:51

I’m just scooping this off the top of my head, but I’m beginning to wonder if prostitute Ashley Alexandra Dupre wasn’t behind the exposure of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

She had nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

She may have commanded four thousand dollars a night as a hooker, but her like millions of other two bit wannabe entertainers who plague the world; she wanted to be famous for singing, not screwing.

Dupre is also a nightclub singer with limited talent but that didn’t stunt her dreams and it didn’t stop her from uploading a couple of her songs onto an inter-net music site on Wednesday night.

In other words she was using her new found notoriety to make a few bucks and get her music out there as fast as she could.

I’m sure that won’t be the extent of it either. She’ll receive offers to tell her story to countless magazines and TV shows and she’ll probably make lots of money.

But at the end of the day she’s got to remember, it all came not because she’s talented, but because she’s a whore.

Nothing more, nothing less.

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The Rest Of The Story

March 13, 2008 @ 09:37

Mike Stafford is filling in for John Oakley on am 640 this week and he made a great observation this morning.

The newspapers in Toronto, and I’m sure through most of North America are jam packed with wild stories about Eliot Spitzer and the 22 year old prostitute who was paid upwards of five thousand dollars a night.

We’ve learned everything we need to know about Ashley Alexandra Dupre. Her hopes and desires her career aspirations and her troubled child hood.

Meanwhile, the real story has been ignored, the true inspirational aspect of the Eliot Spitzer controversy.

David Paterson.

On Monday he’ll be sworn in as New York’s next governor.

New York’s 55th Governor will be their first black Governor and he is legally blind.

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Selfish

March 13, 2008 @ 09:36

Human rights is one thing, but selfishness and baiting are another, and that’s why I can only shake my head at Baljinder Badesha.

He’s the 39 year old Brampton Sikh who last week lost an attempt to have a traffic ticket overturned for not wearing a helmet while riding his motorcycle.

A judge ruled that safety over-rules religion on Ontario’s roads so he was ordered to pay the 110 dollar fine.

It seemed like a reasonable decision because Ontario law calls for helmets on motorcycles and if you make exceptions for some, then the whole idea of fairness and equity through our court system goes out the window.

But that’s not the way it works in the new Canada.

Mr. Badesha plans to appeal the decision and fight for his right to not wear a helmet while riding his motorcycle.

I have to wear a helmet, and everybody else in the province who isn’t a Sikh has to, but Baljinder Badesha doesn’t think Sikhs should have to because his religion is apparently more important than safety, the highway traffic act and the very idea of equality in Ontario.

To be honest, as a citizen of the province I’m not too impressed. I get the feeling this has become a game for Mr. Badesha and it’s more an experiment on how far he can push, than it is a genuine desire to ride his motorcycle while respecting his religion.

It’s already been pointed out there are compromises to Sikh’s who are in similar situations. A smaller more streamlined head dress can be worn under a helmet, but that doesn’t seem to be an option that Badesha wants to consider.

No, he wants two sets of rules in Ontario and to my mind that’s just downright selfish.


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