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Commit The Crime Do the Time

December 20, 2007 @ 08:53

Sorry, but I don’t think former NHLer Rob Ramage should receive any special consideration when it comes to sentencing for his drunk driving conviction.

Ramage was convicted of drunk driving which killed his passenger Keith Magnuson and seriously injured another motorist.

On Tuesday at a sentencing hearing Magnuson’s family requested that Ramage not serve jail time, but instead use the time lecture young people on the dangers of driving while impaired.

Ironically, this request was made after the family had been awarded close to nine million dollars in damages by a Missouri court against Ramage and a car rental company.

Seems odd that they would sue him on one hand, then plead for his welfare on the other, but that’s the way it goes with lawsuits against insurance companies in the States.

However, allowing Ramage to avoid jail time in return for becoming an advocate against drunk driving just isn’t fair. It may seem rational and a good idea to those who know and love Rob Ramage, but how is that fair to somebody else who doesn’t have a profile.

With the long list of convictions against Ramage, no average Joe would expect to escape jail, so why should Ramage’s “celebrity” allow him to escape incarceration?

If Ramage is cut any slack it should be this. Eligibility for early parole, and then turn his probation into a lecture tour.

Unfortunately for Rob Ramage, his long list of convictions can’t be ignored and he deserves jail time.

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Festive Fools

December 19, 2007 @ 09:32

Nuts to the Principal and staff at Elmvale Public School in Ottawa. These bleeding heart, politically correct, over-reactionary maniacs have removed the word “Christmas” from the song Silver Bells.

When the kids gather for their “holiday” concert tomorrow night, instead of singing Silver Bells in the traditional way – “soon it will be Christmas day” – the line will be changed to “soon it will be festive day.”

How’s that for ridiculous. How’s that stupid. How’s that for a sign of the times.

Apparently several people from different ethnic backgrounds that have kids going to the school claim they didn’t complain to anyone about the word Christmas being used.

On the contrary, they welcome the use of Christmas to display diversity to their kids.

It was the Principal and staff who go it into her heads that this had to be done. On their own, to make themselves feel good for their own twisted benefit.


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Failures

December 14, 2007 @ 10:43

Further to my posting from yesterday about the murder of 16 year old Asqa Parvez, Islamic leaders met with the media yesterday to address the rush to judgment.

They did not condone the murder; in fact they went very much the other way.

"We denounce this kind of act, categorically without any reservation," said Dr. Mohammad Alnadui, vice-chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams. "This is of course an un-Islamic thing. We in the community are very shocked by this kind of thing and can't understand what happened."

They did however question the immediate link to religion and the damage it can do to their faith in general, and that’s understandable.

But a few feathers were ruffled when in the course of the news conference Dr. Iqbal Nadvi, spiritual leader of Oakville's Al-Falah Islamic Centre mosque, said parents feel like failures and bring shame upon themselves if a child chooses not wear the hijab.

Some feel this buys into the argument that all Muslims are a little whacked out and extreme, but again, that’s not fair.

I’m sure there are a lot of non-Muslims who would feel like a failure if their 16 year old daughter started dressing like a hooker, which you see all the time.

I’m sure there are a lot of “Canadian” parents who’ve attempted to get control of their adolescents and have been driven to their wits end.

However, in the end, regardless of the circumstance the religion or the culture, you don’t kill them.

That’s not good.


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The "R" Word

December 14, 2007 @ 10:42

Good for Barbara Hall. Ontario’s Human Rights Commissioner has justified her existence.

She’s released an initial report that says all attacks on Asian anglers during the summer were the result of racism. Nothing more, nothing less.

"What is clear is that the simple activity of going fishing for some Asian Canadian anglers has taken on very disturbing racial overtones," she said "These incidents remind us that racism and racial discrimination exist in Ontario and show how harmful such events can be for all of us."

Doesn’t it make you feel better to know that there’s nothing else behind the attacks. It was blatant, unprovoked racism.

All of a sudden white people decided to attack Asian people but only when they’re fishing.

They aren’t attacked on the streets or in businesses or in bars or clubs or hockey rinks or supermarkets, only when they’re fishing.

Barbara Hall doesn’t offer any explanation for this. She doesn’t enlighten anyone on what might have led to such selective racism; she simply throws a blanket over the whole issue and writes it off as bigotry.

Thank goodness we have a Human Rights Commissioner. Especially one like Barbara Hall.


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Aqsa Parvez

December 11, 2007 @ 09:49

I read the story of Aqsa Parvez and I can't believe the words. To think a father could murder his daughter over religion in Canada in 2007 is too much to comprehend.

To have a healthy, beautiful, well adjusted 16 year old daughter is a blessing that transcends all religions. Religion should play a distant second to family, and that's not opinion, its common sense.

Aqsa Parvez just wanted to be like the other kids she hung out with. That's all.

She wanted to dress like them and look like them, but because it threatened her father's religious and cultural standards, she dies.

How shocking that anyone would put such a thing ahead of their child's welfare. From all accounts this was a good kid who just didn't want to wear a hijab, but it became such an issue that she was afraid to go home and face her father and brothers.

We try and protect our children from drugs and gangs and other bad influences, but we're constantly put in the position of having to compromise on other things we might not be comfortable with, but things that don't really matter in the big picture.

Bending on some issues allows your child to feel their space and live with their decisions and consequences that follow.

This isn't some story that found its way from Saudia Arabia or some other whacked out Muslim country, it happened in Mississauga.

Aqsa Parvez didn't want to wear a head dress and this morning she died for it.

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Queen Mom

December 10, 2007 @ 08:36

How about a restaurant review?

This place is not new to me, I’ve been going there for years and Friday night just re-enforced why. It’s the Pad Thai.

The Queen Mother Café is located at 208 Queen Street West, just across the street from Much Music. On Friday night my wife and I were the area so we placed a call to our daughter Melanie and suggested she meet us at the Queen Mom for dinner.

We go there with the intention of ordering the Pad Thai but Friday night also discovered their Ping Gai which is boneless chicken marinated with garlic, coriander and black peppercorns, grilled crispy and served with a spicy lime and coriander dipping sauce, green salad and steamed rice. Excellent.

For appetizers were shared the chicken and shrimp dim sum, a vegetable roti and some lightly breaded calamari. As a rule I prefer grilled calamari with nothing on it, but the Queen Mom serves it up with just a light dusting.

It’s an excellent restaurant that serves top notch Thai food, but if you’re not into that, they also serve great steak and salmon.

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The Next Day

December 8, 2007 @ 08:33

The next day was very sad. I was doing sports on the Pete and Geets Show and Mike Stafford was the newscaster.

The Pete and Geets show was much like the Humble and Fred Show – a lot of goofiness and irreverence, but on this day there wasn’t a lot of that.

Typically on the heels of a significant death Pete and Geets, and especially the twisted Stafford, would have some fun with it. Not this time. It was different.

There was nothing funny about a Beatle dying and extremely cruel the way it happened in front of Yoko. Say what you want about Yoko, but imagine those few moments she had to live through.

December 9, 1980 was a crappy day and extremely eerie. You couldn’t tune in a radio station without hearing a Lennon song – it was so hard to comprehend this guy was gone and there was no chance the Beatles would ever play together again.

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Double Fantasy

December 8, 2007 @ 08:32

I played the living shit out of Double Fantasy. Or should I say I played the shit out of half of Double Fantasy. It was Lennon's comeback album but every other track was the screeching of Yoko.

I remember being so pissed off. The Lennon tracks were fabulous, every one of them, but if you played the vinyl which was still the preferred method back then, you had to sit through a Yoko to get to a John.

I had just purchased a new stereo and it came with a top of the line cassette player, so I bought an expensive metal cassette tape and created my own version of Double Fantasy.

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Speaking Of Which

December 6, 2007 @ 09:42

Speaking of the Montreal massacre today is the 18th anniversary of that horrible day, but it also marks the 18th time this incident will be hijacked by feminists and turned into something that makes “me” feel guilty for a crime one man committed way back in 1989.

Mark Lepine was a madman, obviously out of his mind with closets full of demons, but his actions on that day have somehow become part of the campaign for violence against women through feminist vigils that seem to be directed at men in general.

In Montreal's École Polytechnique mark Marc Lepine separated the men from the women and executed 14 after screaming “I hate feminists.”

Absolutely horrible, but it was one horrendous crime committed by one screwed up maniac.

Violence against women is definitely a pressing issue in our society and should be addressed on every level possible, but the annual linkage of violence against women to the Montreal massacre by some, is tenuous at best.

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Violated...

December 3, 2007 @ 12:29

I honestly don't know what to say. Not being of a large technical ability when it comes to such things I had to put my predicament in the hands of Toronto Mike.

On Thursday afternoon some weird things starting happening with FreddieP.ca so I immediately contacted Booner to get his take on the situation. It turns out my host didn't like something that was going on with my website and immediately shut it down.

Again, the technical explanation is better left to Mike, but I can tell you this; there's a chance my problems were the result of one person or place that decided they either didn't like my site or they don't like what I have to say on my site. In other words, radical malicious censorship.

They did something my host red flagged. What that was or could have been, I don't know, that's another question better left answered by Toronto Mike.

I'd like to think this wasn't the case but the more information we receive there doesn't seem to be any other explanation. It may have been one of those people who expounds freedom of speech as long as the speech is something they agree with.

In the end however it could all turn out for the better. Mike fixed everything and hooked me up with a new server and a better platform for creating FreddieP.ca.

We will right this off as a learning experience and continue on bigger and better than ever.

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