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Abu Hasan Checks In

April 17, 2007 @ 09:45

If you get the chance, please read the lengthy response to this posting yesterday, by my good Muslim friend Abu Hasan.

I appreciate the he took the time and it's very interesting to read what he has to say.

No matter what the issue, there's always two sides to every story and that's what makes the world go 'round.

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Set Up

April 16, 2007 @ 09:02

When I was down in Florida last week I listened to a lot of talk radio and an issue down there that just won't go away is the "Imams on the plane."

It happened last November. Six Muslim Imams were removed from a US Airways flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix after deciding a good time for prayer time would be at the boarding gate. They also spoke of Saddam Hussein and cursed the United States.

It made a few passengers nervous and that made the flight crew nervous so the Imams were removed for security reasons.

Needless to say, shit has hit the fan and the grand old "R" word is being used. But it goes further than that. The Imams are not only suing the airline, they plan to sue some of the passengers for complaining.

This whole thing reeks of a set-up. These guys knew what they were doing, they were testing the system and given the current atmosphere choosing to "chant" just minutes before boarding a plane was inexcusable and selfish.

I don't care what religion a person is, there's a time for everything but doing what they did, and when they did it was obviously a calculated move to get a reaction.

Why wouldn't passengers be intimidated? Why wouldn't they complain?

Since 911 airport security has been heightened for all of us and everyone is encouraged to report suspicious behaviour, and I think six chanting Imams at an airport gate when you're about to board a plane with your family qualifies as suspicious behaviour.

You take no chances.

And if some Muslims are offended - too bloody bad.

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E-mail

April 16, 2007 @ 09:00

Last weeks posting about Maritimes Mike got a few interesting responses, including these two.

The first one comes from former Edge promotion director Phil Evans.

"Having been on a number of listener flyaways with you Freddie, I don't know why you'd be surprised at Mike's behaviour.
Surely you remember how boorish some of our Canadian winners would get - five minutes after landing in the States they'd taunt Americans about their beer, their health care, their smokes. They'd be drunk, taunting the locals. They littered the Clearwater Beaches.
Small things, sure but Canadians can be ugly travellers - sometimes we are unsufferably holier than thou."

You're right Philly, I especially remember those two yahoos back in 1999 who were goof balls the minute they got off the plane. By the time we were checking into the Clearwater Holiday Inn they were pissed and telling anybody who'd listen how bad American beer was.

These guys left the impression they had never been out of their neighbourhoods let alone out of the country.

And the second response comes from daily visitor Sweet Pam who makes this point.

"First this moron complains because the Americans can't name 3 provinces, then he pisses all over an American golf course. I remember being down there when the Canadian old timers would needle their hosts about Vietnam."

I'm glad Phil and Pam made these postings because I didn't make the point well enough in the original posting.

How ironic that a man would complain so much about Americans, and then turn around and piss all over the golf course.

And further to that, I'd like to say I'd be mighty steamed if the situation was reversed and it was a American pissing on a Canadian golf course, but that would be stupid.

Anyone pissing anywhere like Maritimes Mike did is disgusting.

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Slackin' Off

April 12, 2007 @ 07:19

Indian Shores, FLA - Not a lot of material on this Thursday. Yesterday was a busy day in Florida. The weather was spectacular so I spent most of the day with my ass parked on the beach.

Later in the afternoon I played bocce then it was out on the town for some Thai food and then back to the condo to watch some hockey.

That was the only discouraging part of the day. The Ottawa Senators crushed the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-2 and I haven't wavered from my long standing position. Whenever anybody asks me who I want to win the Stanley Cup, I say "ABO" - anybody but Ottawa.

But there's nothing to sweat at this point. You might recall the Senators would always beat the Leafs big in the frist game of their playoff series before crumbling and choking like a bunch of pathetic sissys.

I got a couple of e-mails yesterday asking me what I thought of the Belinda Stronach story but I haven't had time to digest it yet. I'm off the golf course right, and then I plan on spending a couple of hours this afternoon putting some stuff together for tomorrow.

Hey, I've got an idea. Why don't you guys do the work today. Click the "discuss" button and tell me what you think of Belinda and the Senators. Come on, do it, and be creative. Let's try and get at least 20 postings. Help FreddieP.ca.

That's it, that's all - Loving each and every one of ya's.

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Zero Tolerance

April 11, 2007 @ 09:13

Indian Shores, FLA - It's interesting to see the Provincial government is going to scrap the zero tolerance at Ontario schools. It's been widely criticized since it's inception by the Harris government in the late 90's and to fair, in some areas it does go too far.

But what amuses me about the entire issue is the buck-passing that continues to take place when it comes to youth crime in Ontario.

The usual band of critics claim zero tolerance has unfairly targeted black youth, and some have gone so far as to call it the "gang recruitment" act, implying that kids who are thrown out of school tend to hook up with gangs.

That may very well be true, but it all comes back to the same question. Where are the parents of these kids?

If your kid is a bad ass little prick who does enough to get his ass kicked out of school, at what point do the parents step in and take responsibility?

If the province is going to back-off on zero tolerance then I don't think it's too much for the rest of us to expect parents to start parenting once and for bloody all. If prickish little trouble makers are going to stay in class, then I think it's time that mom and (dad) pick up the slack and do their part.

Too many teachers and too many cops are forced to deal with the results of a screw fest between two people who had no intention of taking responsibility for their sperm transfer.


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Big Black Ars Of A Crow

April 10, 2007 @ 06:03

Indian Shores, FLA - - Yesterday marked our third day in Florida and we're still waiting for the weather to break. The first couple of days were sunny but cool and yesterday was rainy and cool.

That blast of cold weather that hit southern Ontario has actually swept far enough south to affect the weather down here.

Yesterday we went golfing and we teed off under blustery overcast skies, and by the time we had to pack it in after 17, it was raining and raining hard.

The weather was so shitty I actually offered to take my wife to a mall, and anyone who knows me will appreciate what that's all about. I hate goddamn malls.

The most amusing thing that took place on the golf course yesterday, besides my pathetic use of irons, was the actions of the big black crow.

They have a problem at this course with crows and squirrels jumping into golf carts and steeling anything edible. Yesterday my buddy Darren bought me a Snickers Bar and threw it on the little dashboard area of the cart.

While I was on the fairway (yes, I actually hit them the odd time) a crow jumped onto the seat of the cart and then reached in a grabbed my Snickers. This son of bitch was so big; flying away with a Snickers Bar was no problem as I ran towards the cart waving my club.

He flew out of the cart and landed a short distance away on the roof of a pavilion type thing and began pecking away at the chocolate bar. Pissed off, I ran towards the pavilion and quickly realized that I could actually reach the roof with my five iron.

A swung the club close enough to scare the black bugger and he flew away without the bar, and when I stood on my toes I could actually reach the peanut and nougat affair with my Ben Hogan and I pulled it off onto the ground.

Of course I didn't eat it because the crow had pecked through the wrapper and had actually penetrated the bar enough to expose peanuts. I didn't want West Nile or bird flu, but neither did I want the big black ugly crow to enjoy the chocolaty goodness, so I picked it up and placed it deep into a garbage bin so the ghastly bird couldn't get it.

It may seem like a lot of trouble for the sake of one chocolate bar but believe me, it was the only success I enjoyed on the golf course yesterday.

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Home Of The Lightning

April 10, 2007 @ 06:02

Indian Shores, FLA - As I mentioned I offered to take my wife to a mall yesterday and we ended up at the Countryside Mall in Clearwater, and while I was there I had a little fun.

In the middle of the mall there's an ice rink and it was crowded with young girls learning to figure skate. While I was standing their watching the kids I wondered out loud, whether this was the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The rink is less than half the size of an NHL rink and there are no seats so you can imagine the reaction I got from the people around me. Most of them just looked at me weird, but one nice lady offered the correct information.

"No" she said. "The Lightning plays in Tampa."

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LandShark

April 10, 2007 @ 06:01

Indian Shores, FLA - Hey, I found a pretty good beer down here called LandShark. It's light and refreshing and like Corona it's good with a lime.

LandShark is a local beer brewed in Jacksonville, Florida by the Margaritaville Brewing Company. It's a lager and comes in a clear bottle and I love clear bottles. There's something about a clear bottle that makes the beer taste better to me. I can't explain it, it just does.

I'm sure there are some of you who have already had this beer so this will come as old news but it's new to me and so far I've really enjoyed it.

As a matter of fact I'm going to feature it on beer.com in the next couple of weeks.

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On The Road Again

April 6, 2007 @ 08:17

These will be my last postings until at least Monday because tomorrow morning I'm returning to Florida for a much needed rest from my unemployment.

I enjoyed my week down there so much in January that I thought I should go back for a few more rounds of golf.

But instead of adding hockey games to the mix this time, I'm going to the Jays game in St. Petersburg tomorrow night. I like to check out different sports venues and I've never been to the Tropicana Dome.

Updating FreddieP.ca shouldn't be a problem next week. From what I understand the condo I'm staying at has high speed internet, but of course I won't know for sure until I get there.

So that's it. Until next week, Happy Easter everyone!

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Of All The Nerve

April 5, 2007 @ 09:33

How about this story in this mornings Toronto Sun. Can you believe the nerve of these two selfish bastards?

The Sun caught up with Karlo Homolka and the guy who married it outside a Montreal clinic after a check-up for their love child.

As the reporter and camera approached Karla said "leave us in peace."

What, like you left Kristen and Leslie in peace Karla? Yea, you made sure they were left in peace for eternity after you and that imbecile you hooked up with had your disgusting way with them.

But even more maddening than the fact this vile woman actually walks free, is the realization that somebody married her, and everybody should know his name.

He's Thierry Bordelais. How hard up is this weirdo? Of all the women on earth, he chose a convicted child killer who obviously had a lot more to do with the killings than she ever paid the price for.

And you know what the asshole said to reporters. "She's paid her debt to society, she has the right to a private life." he said.

No she doesn't Thierry, you miss-guided no mind. Our justice system blew it, so if the citizens of Canada have taken it upon themselves to complete her sentence by hounding your killer wife for the rest of time, so be it. She has to live with it, but at least she gets to live.

But this was the best quote. When asked about Karla's struggle to put her past life behind her, and the hounding she takes from the media, hubby said this.

"It's not a life."

Yes it is dickhead. And a lot more life than Kristen and Leslie have.


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