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January 8, 2008 @ 09:45

Yesterday I had lunch with my new Brampton buddy Bill Brioux who you might remember as the television critic for the Toronto Sun before he got bounced earlier this year.

Now he’s a freelance guy with several gigs and he’s just written a book called “Truth & Rumors: The Reality Behind TV’s Most Famous Myths.”

He’s got another book in the oven and he also has a website called “TV Feeds My Family.” Check it out.

Yesterday Bill and I met at Montana’s at Trinity Square and shot the shit about radio, TV and the newspaper industry. The attached picture features Bill on the site of "The Price Is Right."

We both had chicken sandwiches. Bill on a bun, mine in a wrap.

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January 7, 2008 @ 09:35

A few months after getting bounced by Jack in Toronto, the morning team of Ben and Kerry has resurfaced at Y-108 in Hamilton. I caught a bit of their show this morning and found out their "first day bit" is to stay on the air from 5:30 am to 7:00 pm. No big deal for jocks really. If they want to impress somebody they should pull the same shift at Stelco.

From there I spun the dial down to 105.7 EZ –Rock in St Catherines where my good friend Lori Love was hosting the Jack and Lori show from the beach in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Lori’s partner Jack Peets had to fly home yesterday after the death of his mother. What a drag.

I watched the Republican and Democratic debates on CNN last night and it was just typical of such things, a lot of bullshit and posturing. However, you’ve got to be impressed with “Obamania” or whatever the hell you want to call it. Unless this guy does something really stupid he’s going to ride of wave of youth and Afro America right into the White House. His opponents claim he doesn’t have enough experience to be President but maybe that’s a good thing. He’s not covered by the same old political barnacles that have put the country where it is today.

Speaking of mistakes, John Tory wants to remain leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Tory admits he blew the election with the infamous “funding” issue but says the experience has made him a better leader. Crazy when you think about it, he actually proposes something that “includes” everyone and he’s vilified for it. To me it’s not enough to dump the guy because I still believe he’d make a better leader than the liar.

It was tough to watch news clips of Stefanie Rengel’s funeral yesterday. She’s the 14 year old who was stabbed to death on New Years day. It really is hard to comprehend that a teenage girl could be murdered in Toronto because of jealousy. Yet at the same time, it’s amazing how we’ve become numb to this stuff. This story was not received the same way it would have been just a few short years ago.

How about that cheap shot by Steve Downie on Jason Blake Saturday night? I’ll tell ya right now, I wanted to jump through the TV and strangle the little prick. Especially after he had that smirk on his face in the penalty box and later explained that it was justified. It was shameful. To the game, to the Flyers and to his family. I don’t think anyone raises their kid to be that much of a skunk. Remember he was suspended for 20 games for a cheap shot on Ottawa’s Dean McCammond in the pre-season. And he’s a rookie. The turd.

Do you like curry? If you do, let me recommend a great place for boneless chicken curry in Brampton. It’s in the Bramalea City Centre and it’s called “Caribbean Cuisine.” It’s strictly a take-out place and near the food court just inside the east doors near A + P. I get it with no potato. Good shit.

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A Blogger's Final Post

January 6, 2008 @ 09:50

Borrowed from Toronto Mike's blog.

"Maj. Andrew Olmsted was stationed in Iraq and was a prolific blogger.

He wrote an entry, left it unpublished and asked a friend to publish it in the event of his death.

Maj. Andrew Olmsted's unit was ambushed earlier this week and he became the first 2008 casualty in Iraq."

Major Olmsted's postings were also published in the Rocky Mountain News, so needless to say it came as a shock to thousands when he was killed.

Here's his final post.

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Reluctant Praise

January 3, 2008 @ 11:00

Right off the bat, I’ll tell ya, I’m not a big fan of Rosie DiManno.

Granted, the woman can write but much too often I don’t like “what” she writes.

She’s got an attitude and opinion that I rarely agree with and about a year ago I wrote a piece about a DiManno attack on Q-107’s John Derringer.

It was ridiculous and consistent with some other shit she had written over the years.

However, I’ve got to be honest, this morning DiManno writes a piece about the Toronto Maple Leafs and is dead on perfect.

I wish I had written it myself.

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Happy New Year Everyone

January 2, 2008 @ 10:21

I’d like to thank everyone for visiting over the past year, it’s been much appreciated.

I started this website in March of 2006 at the urging of my good friend Dan Duran. To be honest, I didn’t have much interest at the time. I was still stinging from my abrupt departure from the radio business and I didn’t feel much like doing anything except getting back on the radio.

In the meantime I’ve kept in touch and kept my mind active by making myself sit down every day and write something on this blog, and the response has been fantastic.

Don’t get me wrong, I could never get rich off this thing but according to those in the know, the traffic I get to this sight far exceeds what most people get to their personal sights, and it rivals what some radio stations get.

As for 2008 hopefully I'll return to the active, daily workforce and believe me, that’s exactly what I want.

Over the past couple of years, so many people have told me how they envy my situation of getting a paid holiday, but everything is relative and to be honest it loses its luster of time. When you love what you do, a job isn’t a job and work isn’t work.

Problem is, in the radio business you can’t just move between jobs like you can in other industries. There are only so many stations with so many jobs and in the Toronto market most jobs are held by talented professionals who aren’t going anywhere soon.

It all becomes a question of timing. You hope the right opportunity pops up at the right time and then hope you’re qualified to do that job. Over the next few months I’ll find out where I sit in the big scheme of things.

In the meantime I’ll continue to write this blog, appear on CHCH Television and hopefully expand the network of radio stations I contribute to.

As it stand I do breaks on stations in London and Windsor on Monday’s and Wednesday’s and I’d be willing to expand that to five days a week. I’m wide open to offers.

The breaks I do on the Craig and Matt Show, and the McArthur and Face Show have been well received and both shows want to continue into the New Year. I plan to post the audio from these appearances so others with radio stations can decide whether you want me to be part of your show.

Believe me; you can’t beat the cost because there isn't any. I like to do it for the exercise and the satisfaction of getting up every day with a focus.

Beyond that, I don’t know what 2008 has in store for me. I’m working on another project that's slowly moving forward but something I won't talk about until there's actually something to talk about.

Regardless of what I end up doing I’m in the luxurious position of being able to be particular. I’m healthy and happy with a grown family, a fabulous wife and very little pressure.

I’m a lucky guy.

Happy New Year everyone.

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Abu Hasan And Me - Part Three

December 30, 2007 @ 10:18

I had dinner with my friend Abu Hasan on Friday night.

Back in March Abu sent me an e-mail that led to a meeting at a local Tim Horton’s and we’ve stayed in contact since then through the website.

On Friday our schedules finally allowed us to get together again and we met at a Somali restaurant called “Hamdi” on Rexdale Blvd in Etobicoke.

The food was interesting and was best described by Abu, who said it’s like Indian food without the hot spices. We had chicken and beef over a bed of rice and we washed it down with Mango juice and it was quite tasty.

When we first arrived at the restaurant I asked for a beer but quickly found out there was no liquor served at this Muslim restaurant. Liquor is a no no.

Oh well, I can go a few hours without a beer so I settled in and enjoyed the meal and good conversation with Abu who frets over the reputation of Muslims in Canadian society.

The vast majority of Muslims in Canada are good people he says. They are people who want to live in a peaceful and prosperous country and have nothing but distain for extremists who promote hate and violence.

They’re not even real Muslims says Abu because it’s widely believed within the religion that to kill one person is the equivalent of killing all mankind.

Abu Hasan has some other concerns as well. He’s concerned that Canada is being infiltrated by radicals and he’s concerned with cultural problems that are not being addressed by South Asians in particular.

We talked about the young girl in Mississauga, Aqsa Parvez, who was murdered by her father and Abu maintains that violence against women and children in South Asian homes is common and not really considered a problem as it is a way of life.

Like any problem it can’t be addressed until it’s recognized and to this point, it’s simply not recognized.

Again, this is not to say that this applies to all South Asian homes or that it's exclusive to South Asian homes because that wouldn’t be fair. But according to Abu, who’s a Canadian of Indian heritage, it definitely is a problem within that culture in Canada.

Give him credit for admitting it.

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Never Say Never

December 28, 2007 @ 11:30

To tell you the truth I’m not well versed on Pakistani politics and the wide spread corruption or Western influence when it comes to the so called ongoing war on terror, but I do know that we should count our blessings in Canada.

When the story first broke yesterday about the assassination of Benazir Bhutto I wasn’t surprised. I had followed her return to Pakistan enough to know that her life was at risk given the wonky political structure of that screwed up country, and the insincere support of President Pervez Mushareff.

I flipped on the TV and again wasn’t surprised by what I saw; the chaos, destruction and death. Bodies lying in the street in the aftermath of a bombing are a familiar sight from that part of the world but still something we can’t really relate to.

It’s something that happens “over there”, something that we see but can hardly believe yet at the same time take in stride because we live in a sense of security that tells us it doesn’t happen here and probably never will.

Can you imagine in Canada, just 18 days before an election, the leader of the opposition being murdered in the streets, shots being fired and then a bomb going off?

It’s not part of our world. In Canada you run for office and for the most part you win or lose on merit. If you win you govern to the best of your ability and if you lose you go find another job.

We don’t have to worry about outside forces corrupting the system and robbing us of basic democracy. The most powerful weapon in our democracy remains the ballot box and we should savour it each and every day and we should also protect it.

As Canada continues to grow and welcomes people from all corners of the world we have to make sure that our democratic system remains free and clear of the corruption that is practiced in so many other places.

The idea of such horror happening in Canada may seem far fetched at this point, but to write if off as impossible would be naive and careless.

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Have A Good One

December 24, 2007 @ 10:19

It's Christmas Eve so I thought I'd get away from the usual tone of this blog and extend my best wishes to each and every one of you.

I had a look at my most recent postings and thought, "holy cow, they're a little on the serious side for a couple of days before Christmas, I better soften things up with a little dose of nicety."

I can get back to all that other crap on Wednesday.

I don't plan on doing much today, other than just hanging out with the family and preparing for tomorrow.

I shipped in a big order of beer. I got some Moosehead, which my son likes, one of those Molson Pleasure Pacs for those who like Canadian or Coors Lite, and of course I got myself a big box of Bud Lite to get me through the next couple of days.

The Bud Lite cases come with NHL toques and I just know 2008 is going to be a good year because the first case I bought had a Leafs toque in it. Since then I've gotten Washington and Colorado, but hey, that's better than Montreal or Ottawa.

Have you ever had bark? My wife makes great bark and she's really gone to town this year and I'm paying for it with a couple of extra inches of flab on my midriff.

Bark is salted crackers covered with a mixture of brown sugar and butter, and then a layer of melted chocolate. It sounds simple, and to some I'm sure it might sounds gross, but its bloody good.

It's addictive. As fast as Delyse makes a pale I wolf it down which means she's had to keep the production line going. Yesterday she hid what she made and in order to get some more I had to bark for my bark.

That's right, she made me bark for my bark. But that's OK because I used to bark a lot on the Humble and Fred Show. For no particular reason, sometimes it's all I could come up with.

Maybe that's why my ass is on the sidelines right now.

Hey, here's a turkey tip. Try one of those "cook from frozen" turkeys. I know right now there are millions of people throughout North America who are worried that their turkeys might not be thawed by tomorrow. A turkey of size takes about three goddamn days.

A while back we tried one of the Butterball cook from frozen bastards and it was fabulous. They're already stuffed. They take longer to cook obviously, but they are so convenient.

Simply remove from the freezer and plunk in the oven. (remove the wrapper first)

I've got a twenty-two pounder, which means I'll have to put the son of a bitch in the oven about eight o'clock tomorrow morning, but who cares. Throw it in and let her go.

Here's another turkey tip. Take it out about ten degrees earlier than recommended. Then let it rest covered with a thick towel for about 90 minutes. Remember, turkeys continue to cook after you remove them from the oven.

By taking them out early, they don't over cook, and there's nothing worse than a dry turkey.

You go to all that trouble and then ruin the prick.

I'm also making a ham tomorrow. Not one of those fully cooked ones that you heat up and always have a funny taste to them. No, this one you actually have to cook and I'm going to do it on the barbeque. Mmmmmmmm.

I'll light the burner on one side and then place the ham on the other side and close the lid for about two and a half hours, medium heat. Good shit.

My wife makes a fabulous ginger gravy to go over the ham and I'm telling you right now, its makes the ham every bit as inviting as the turkey.

It should be a great day tomorrow; however we will have a heavy heart when we open gifts in the morning. It will be our first Christmas without our beloved Billie. We treated her like one of the kids with a stocking and presents every year.

But hey, what are you going to do? Time and age can be such a fucker.

Anyway, all the best and I'll leave you with this video.

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Searching For Racism

December 23, 2007 @ 11:18

The world really has gone mad. In the good old days someone like Chris Simon would stomp on somebody’s leg with his skate blade, he‘d get a suspension and that would be the end of it.

But not in 2007.

No, today it’s got to be twisted into a racial issue even though the vast majority of people didn’t even think along racial lines to begin with. In todays politically correct, over analyzed world, the very people who don’t want race brought into situations often do it themselves.

A fine example is First Nations Chief Phil Fontaine who turned the Simon suspension into stereotyping of native people.

It blows me away.

When Simon was suspended on Wednesday, the fact that he was native never came to my mind. And when NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell suggested Simon get help through the leagues “drug and alcohol program”, I failed to make a link between his problems and his native heritage.

But Chief Fontaine did.

Even though Simon apparently doesn’t have a problem with drugs or alcohol and it’s strictly an anger management problem, Simon will still be directed through the leagues Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Program, and that’s what Campbell was referring to.

Here we have a situation where one player stomps on another player with his skate and he’s suspended, and even though he's been offered help, which he asked for, it’s been turned into a racial issue by Fontaine who claims the very suggestion that Simon might have a drug or alcohol problem creates a stereotype.

Here’s what he said.

“It was extremely hurtful to Mr. Simon, and his many fans, including those in our First Nations communities, to hear from Mr. Campbell that such behaviour is related to drug and or alcohol abuse. Mr. Simon, and all of his fans, would like to hear an apology, especially since it smacks of stereotyping."

Stereotyping? How?

If anything, it’s Fontaine who’s perpetuating any stereotype. I’m convinced the vast majority of hockey fans who saw the incident and then heard about the suspension and then became aware that Simon had been offered help, even if they thought it was alcohol related, did not assume it was brought on by his native heritage.

It probably didn’t enter anyone’s mind until Phil Fontaine brought it up.

Chris Simon has been suspended seven times by the NHL and the last two incidents included clubbing a player with his stick and stomping on another player with his skate but its Colin Campbell who’s been turned into the bad guy for using the term “drug and alcohol” instead of “substance and behavioral.”

Chris Simon wanted help and he was offered help. That should have been the end of it.

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More Shame

December 22, 2007 @ 09:05

We really do have to take a long hard look at how we look after our children in this country.

On the heels of last weeks abhorrent story about the four year old girl in St. Thomas who was sexually assaulted by her father live on the internet yet sentenced to only 37 months in prison, we get this story.

Near Joliette, Quebec a man who was convicted of beating a two and a half year old girl to death was sentenced to only 13 years before being eligible for parole.

He was the live in lover of the young girl’s mother and one day flipped out and inflicted injuries that experts claim they have never seen before. She died of a fractured skull.

But again, the Canadian justice system fails a child. This monster was given what can only be described as a light sentence. The kid’s life is cut off before she’s three years old, but 13 years from now he’ll walk the streets a free man.

How do we justify these sentences? How is this guy not in jail for the rest of his life, and I mean till the day he takes his last breath?

Better still when it comes to crimes against children how do we not string these bastards up live on national TV.

We should take the lead from the Americans who actually deliver sentences with some bite.

Like this one.

In St. Louis, a creep who kidnapped a young boy and sexually assaulted him for the purpose of making pornography was sentenced to 170 years in prison. He will never be eligible for parole, which means he’ll rot in a tiny cell until his useless body gives up.

Like the two Canadian bastards, he should be dead. But at least the people of the United States never have to worry about him committing another crime.

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