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Teach Your Children Young

May 29, 2007 @ 10:13

The family of 15 year old murder victim Jordan Manners plan to hold a news conference tomorrow where they'll call on the province to take action "now" on the conditions which result in senseless violence.

And on June 10th, Jordan's uncle Greg Stolks plans a march against guns. He'll demand all levels of government ban hand guns in Canada immediately.

Both are noble initiatives but definitely not where effort should be spent at this time.

I hate to sound like a broken record and to keep repeating myself but there's nothing going on in the Jane-Finch area that couldn't be fixed with a long term attitude change towards family values.

To be honest, I'd love to hold a march against screwin' bareback without any plans for the off-spring you could be producing.

Connecting the dots in these situations is not difficult. The vast majority of the perpetrators come from homes without a father and many of the kids in the same house don't have the same father.

Call me old fashioned or call me naive, but to my mind that is job one in fixing what is becoming a big problem in our city.

Bad ass kids will find guns no matter what government does. There are rotten people out there who will put guns in the hands of people who want them. It's called supply and demand and it works with every commodity on earth.

We need to curb the demand and the best way to do that is to take responsibility for the kids you bring into the world and turn them into people who won't want a gun.

And if this sounds like an attack against only men, it's not meant to be. Women have a responsibility to be a little more selective when it comes to whose seed they take.

At the very least use a goddamn condom, so your irresponsibility doesn't become everybody else's problem.

And further to that - isn't it interesting that one of the 17 year old accused in the Manners case just become a father, and the other, when arrested, was found with cocaine on his body.

Old enough to father a child and snort cocaine, but too young to have their names released thanks to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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Get Rid Of Them

May 29, 2007 @ 10:12

It will be a tall order and extremely difficult for police to enforce, but I think banning panhandler in Toronto is a great move.

Thanks to many, an income source has been ruined for a few - and here's what I mean by that.

Every city has down and out cases that tear at your heart stings when you seem them. In these cases you feel good about dropping a loonie or two into a hat or bucket.

Unfortunately, those who really need it have been crowded out by a legion of young smart ass punks who've chosen panhandling as a lifestyle.

And spare me the "you can't generalize" bullshit. All you have to do is take any off ramp on the Gardiner Expressway to see all the able bodied "operators" doing their thing.

With panhandling you set your own hours, you're your own boss and it can be rather lucrative with no attachment to the tax man.

It's great for them, but a pain in the ass for the rest of us and it should end.

I stopped giving money to "traffic" panhandlers about ten years ago.

I had left the radio station and was heading north on Yonge when out of nowhere there was a tap on my window when I stopped at a light.

I rolled down the window and this well groomed, able bodied kid wearing brand new sports shoes asked me for money.

Against my better judgment I reached into my cup holder and grabbed a bunch of change which included pennies with a few dimes and nickels.

I give it to the kid but I shouldn't have. He took one look at the pennies and threw the whole bunch right back in my face - literally.

I actually got a small cut on my lip.

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Blame Game

May 28, 2007 @ 08:51

Since the arrest of two teenagers in the Jordan Manners killing yesterday it's interesting to read newspaper reports and see how the focus has been pushed towards police.

The woman who occupies the townhouse where the second arrest was made didn't like the way police entered her home and she maintains that they have the wrong guy.

Apparently the 17 year old who was arrested just became a father last week, so I guess we're to assume new fathers don't kill.

And Manners mother Lorraine Small also thinks police made the wrong arrest. She maintains the kid who was hauled out of the townhouse just got out of jail on Friday, so how could he do it.

The whole thing just leaves you shaking your head; the perpetual cycle of sperm donation, jail, killing and lack of accountability.

And on that note, Lorraine Small holds the Toronto School Board accountable for her sons killing.

She's of the mind when a kid is at school, teachers, principals and trustees are responsible for their safety. They should be everywhere at once.

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Loonie Americans

May 23, 2007 @ 09:15

I'm filled with mixed emotions as the Canadian dollar continues to soar against the American greenback. It closed at 92.08 yesterday.

I feel bad for those whose business involve exporting to the United States while it's a bonus for those who import.

It's great for people like me who like to golf in Florida during the winter, but it's going to be absolutely miserable for Canadian tourism.

Most Americans have tunnel vision when it comes to the rest of the world so a weak Canadian dollar was one thing we could point to in order to get them to come north.

The over-reaction to Sars, the misinformation regarding passports and other documents, and a dollar that's virtually "par" will make Americans lose all desire for visiting their Northern neighbours. It was bad last year with an 87 dollar, so it's only going to get worse.

On the flip side, if you visit the States this summer make sure you exchange your money at a recognized institution. Americans have become accustomed to a weak Canadian dollar, and you'll find that most stores will simply refuse to give you reasonable value, or they'll refuse to take our money at all.

I remember one trip to Florida back in the 70's when our dollar was actually worth more than the American dollar. Americans looked at you like you were nuts if you expected them to consider the exchange.

One thing I definitely won't miss is Americans insulting the Canadian dollar. Over the past 20 years it's been lots of fun for Americans to take shots at our dollar like it was worthless crap.

Now it's not so funny. The Yanks are swimming in a sea of debt, they're involved in a war that costs billions every month and their economy is sinking like a leaky old punt.

We won't hear Canadian dollar jokes any more; they'll have enough material dealing with their no mind President.

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Road Kill

May 23, 2007 @ 09:10

Before nine o'clock I was listening to the Oakley Show and they reported a dead Kangeroo on a road not far from my house.

If you read this blog often you know I'm a bit of a global warming skeptic, but now I'm very concerned about the future of our planet.

When Kangeroos start migrating north you know something weird is going on.

Crazy thing is, I didn't know they could swim.

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Systemic Infighting

May 22, 2007 @ 09:31

This has got to be one of the most disheartening stories I've read in a long time.

It displays the depth of the problems we have in Toronto and leaves you wondering if there's any hope down the road and it blows holes in the way racism is presented by certain groups in our society.

It's easy to point fingers at the police and the so-called white establishment through systemic racism, but then you read something like this and you realize it goes a lot deeper. Much deeper.

Take a few minutes and read this article and then ask yourself, "Where do we go from here?"

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Real Juicy

May 17, 2007 @ 09:03

This is my friend Jackie DeKnock - she's actually the wife of my friend Dan Duran but she kept her own name rather than take Dan's which really isn't Duran. It's a long story.

Anyway, Jackie has a business called Gourmet Safari which offers fabulous world tours for people who like to cook.

Needless to say Jackie likes to cook herself and from time to time she shares some great food and recipes with my family.

This past weekend Jackie made some outstanding mini lamb burgers with a dipping sauce that was absolutely amazing. I loved them and I told Jackie I had to have the recipe.

She's a darlin' so she wasted no time in getting it to me. So here it is, for all to enjoy.

Small Moroccan Barbequed Lamb Burgers

2 lbs (pounds) ground lamb
½ tsp ground coriander seed
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
Few pinches of sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves of minced garlic

How to make it:
1) Mix all ingredients well (by hand is the best method).
2) Use an ice cream scoop to form balls, and then work into small lamb burger patties.
3) Grill lamb burgers on the barbeque - grill for a few minutes either side (be careful not too over-cook, otherwise lamb burgers will become dry).
4) Serve lamb burgers on top of brioche bread (or regular burger buns). Slice the bread or the bun and ‘punch out' rounds of bread with a glass.
5) Blend a tangy yogurt to serve with the burgers - mix 2 cups yogurt, lemon zest, juice of one lemon (the equivalent of ½ a cup), sea salt and 10 grinds of freshly ground pepper. Place burger on top of bread, add a dallop of yogurt, lettuce and thinly sliced tomatoes and serve.

Bon Appetit!

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Jerk It

May 17, 2007 @ 09:02

On the subject of recipes, the other day I mentioned in a posting that I was going to make some jerk chicken.

This prompted an e-mail from a regular visitor named Ed. He asked me to share the recipe with him.

Well Eddie boy, there isn't a lot to it. I make jerk chicken with only two ingredients, chicken pieces (preferably drumsticks) and Grace Jerk Marinade.

Grace Jerk Marinade is fantastic. I take about a dozen drumsticks and throw them into a large sealable Tupperwear container with about half a bottle of the marinade.

I shake the shit out of it and then place the chicken in a glass roasting pan and let them bake for about an hour at 400 degrees.

You can't go wrong - true man true.

The marinade locks in the juices and makes for some mighty good eating.

However, you should be cautioned. Too much of this stuff can lead to the Johnny Cash disease.

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Bigot Bounced At Border

May 16, 2007 @ 15:57

When I first heard yesterday that racist New Black Panther leader Malik Zulu Shabazz had been turned away at the Canadian border I was concerned.

To be honest, I think he should have been able to come to Toronto and spew his racist anti-semitic nonsense. It would have exposed he and the racist "Black Youth Taking Action" group for what they are. Racists.

I thought if they stop this guy at the border it will make him a martyr for this small but extremely angry group of intolerant black Torontonians.

But not to worry, it turns out this group of bigots didn't number enough to even make a ripple let alone a wave. It was nice to see that most people are too busy going to school and work and too busy raising their families to pay attention to a small group of people who insist on blaming everyone but themselves for the plight of their community.

It really is refreshing to see that somebody like Nkem Anizor, the president of "Black Youth Taking Action" amounts to nothing more than an insignificant racist who'd rather lash out and blame than face facts and fix.

In the end, it worked out pretty well. Shabazz kept his sorry ass south of the border, "Black Youth Taking Action" didn't get their martyr, and Toronto's black community obviously didn't get sucked into another bogus "bitching" session because less than one hundred people showed up to a rally at Queens Park - a fine day indeed.

Meanwhile, you may have noticed that I used the word racist quite a few times in this posting. Apparently it's the fashionable thing to do now a days to get attention.

You just grab it and fling it all over the place and hope it sticks to somebody.


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Lakefield Public Library

May 15, 2007 @ 13:23

I've spent a good part of the day investingating the internet possibilities in Lakefield, and right now I'm sitting in the Lakefield Public Library.

The woman behind the desk was very nice and she told me I was free to use one of the library computers, but if not to hog it.

There's a 30 minute limit and you have to be considerate of other people.

Fortunately it's still the off season in the Kawartha's so its just me in the library with the librarian who reminds me of my late great aunt Betty. She has a bun in her hair.

The only problem with the library is I can't access pictures to put on my site. They have certain blockers or firewalls or issues with many applications, but it's Ok, cause there are ways around it which I'll figure out my next week.

Not only that, but I just talked to the guy in the Thirsty Loon Tavern across the street and he's still promising to put a router in his bar within the next month or so. Problem is, in Lakefield, the next month or so could mean the next year or so.

I keep telling the guy that become an internet tavern would pay big dividends because a lot of city guys would gladly drop by and have a few beers while doing some work. Figure it out.

Anyway, I plan on being back in the city mid-morning on Wednesday and updating the site in the normal way.

In the meantime I have to straighten a flag pole, hoist a flag, silicone the bottom of my fishing boat, cut some grass, throw some bocce balls, barbeque some jerk chicken, watch the hockey game, and then induce sleep with some Bells Scotch.

Loving yooze all, each and every one of ya.

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