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Paul Ain't Dead Yet
June 18, 2010 @ 08:50
I'm finally going to see a Beatle in the flesh.
Yesterday I received a phone call with an offer I couldn't refuse. I could have a choice pair of seats for Paul McCartney's August 9th concert at the ACC for $278.00 each. Up close, face value.
Well let me tell ya, this sets a new Freddie P. record for ticket buyin'. I think the most I've ever spent on a pair of tickets for anything is $175.00, so $556.00 blows that right out of the water.
But to me, it's worth it for a number of reasons.
First of all, my favourite Beatle John Lennon is dead, so I can't see him - same with George Harrison.
It would be alright to see Ringo at Rama during one of his visits, but I'd only do that if McCartney was dead too and my limit for Ringo would top out at one hundred bucks.
When I pulled the trigger on yesterday's purchase a lot went through my head. I knew McCartney's 68th birthday was today, so the time factor came into play. I hear he still puts on a great show, but how long will that be the case?
I realize he's still slim and somewhat fit and looks many years below his age, but let's get serious, how much longer is the guy going to be able to put on a great show and he probably won't be back for a few years, if ever.
If I was going to see a Beatlle in the flesh, and not Ringo, I'd have to bite the bullet and set a new Fred record for a ticket purchase.
Please understand, it's hard for someone such as myself to get his head around spending that much on concert tickets because for the past 30 years I've been in the radio business and most of the shows I wanted to see didn't cost me anything.
I'd simply put out the word and things would happen. Unfortunately, Paul McCartney doesn't fall into that category. I don't think "any" radio wanks get free tickets to McCartney, so it immediately became a case of justifying the expenditure.
And I came up with it.
A week from Monday marks my 30th wedding anniversary and me and my darlin' had delayed a trip to Spain until next year.
This is a great compromise. We both love the Beatles, so I bought Delyse's ticket and she bought mine.
And to top it all off, we'll be spending the night (the concert, not the entire night) with our good friends Darren and Lori who were a big part of our 20th and 25th anniversaries as well.
Hey Dol. At the concert, I wanna hold your hand.
Category: Friends | Stuff
Notice To Assholes
June 16, 2010 @ 16:15
With the G-20 Summit just over a week away, there's no use talking about the pros and cons of holding it because there's no turning back now.
From my perspective it's a huge waste of money and we should have never committed to it because I'm sure very little, if not nothing will be accomplished by it.
Having said that, there's also no use protesting it, because again, it's going to happen and nothing is going to change that and nothing will stop the next one from being scheduled somewhere else in the world.
Believe me; I have no problem with peaceful protests. It's every citizen's right to protest. Peaceful protest is actually an admiral form of response even thought like the summit itself, peaceful protest rarely accomplishes anything.
This posting is directed at those imbeciles who plan on taking it to the next level by protesting with force during the summit. You know the lowlife creeps who can be classed as professional shit disturbers who have nothing better to do so they go out of their way to push against the establishment.
Often they don't even know what they're protesting against, it's simply a way of disguising their jealousy. They're jealous of achievers and earners and those who accomplish, so they find disgust in anything that might be connected to those things.
Basically, they're losers.
They'll show up at the G-20 looking for a fight. They'll bait police, scream obscenities, and throw things and burn objects usually while wearing cowardly masks over their faces.
They won't be protesting against any particular issue, because they don't really understand the issues, they'll be there for the thrill of it.
Deep down it's a response to their own personal shortcomings.
And just to clarify what might be perceived as a contradiction in this posting, let me explain what I mean when I say peaceful protest rarely accomplishes anything. It doesn't.
But violent protest accomplishes even less, and here's how.
Say I'm watching a news clip of the summit and I'm thinking about what a ridiculous waste of time and money it is and then I see a masked hoodlum throw and molotov cocktail into a group of innocent people.
All of a sudden the Prime Minister isn't such an asshole.... the protester is.
Category: Politics | Stuff
Shame On The Teachers
June 12, 2010 @ 13:34
For some reason it hasn't gotten a lot of play, but there's a story developing that exposes the the Ontario Teachers Federation (OTF), the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation and the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) as a hypocritical bunch of cry babies.
Plans by Nipissing University to give former Ontario Premier Mike Harris an honorary degree and name a library after him has been met with the most immature opposition.
They have threatened to boycott graduates of the University. Isn't that heroic?
It goes back to the mid-90's when Harris, uncharacteristic of most politicians, displayed enough balls to do what had to be done in Ontario.
We were coming off the four years of the wretched Rae government that had pretty much destroyed the Province and put it several years behind the times.
Harris, reacting to this, and severe cuts in transfer payments from the federal Liberals, showed remarkable leadership by spitting the eye of the polls, not pandering to special interest groups and putting the province back on course.
He made tough decisions, many not popular, and a few in retrospect not with their intended goal, but he did what the thought had to be done and won two majority governments because of it.
Imagine Mike Harris actually requiring that teachers continuously undergo testing to prove they're worthy of the job? What a nutball!
Imagine Mike Harris wanting standardized testing throughout the province so a kid in Thunder Bay was learning the same curriculum as a kid in Windsor. What a freak!
But give Ontario's Teachers Federations credit for long memories, because now they're making strong suggestions that going forward they may actually punish students for the actions of a Premier who is almost ten years out of office.
Ontario Teachers Federation President Reno Melatti said this. "I don't know what actions will be taken, but if affiliates no longer take Nipissing student teachers, we can't compel them to do so. They have grave concerns. There could be boycotting. If there are not enough placements, it could be difficult for faculty to place them."
And Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, said this. "There is "absolutely, no doubt" the issue of student placements will be considered for discussion if the university follows through."
How's that for blatant threats? How's that for setting a piss poor example to the students of this province? Isn't that a fine way of trying to get your way - attack students who had absolutely nothing to do with the issue at hand?
It's petty and unbelievably childish and goes against everything that you would expect students to be taught at any level of education, starting at lets say, kindergarten.
If I didn't read it with my eyes and hear it with my ears, I wouldn't have believed it.
Think about it, because the Teacher Federations disagree with the way they were treated by Harris in the mid-90s, they're going to take it out on students in 2010. And to think these people are actually have a say in the future of our youth.
The irony is, it doesn't matter whose governing Ontario, the teachers have a problem with them and refuse to give-up an ounce of power. Sometimes I wonder if they think they're running the province.
The tactic is extremely slimy. Voice opposition to the actions of Nipissing University and force their hand by threatening the students, hoping that in the best interests of those students the school backs down.
Threaten to punish students for something they have no control over. How noble. If it was up to me, I'd fire the whole fuckin' bunch.
To Nipissing University's credit, plans to honour Harris will proceed.
And so they should. Harris was the local MPP during his time in politics and he's been responsible for raising millions for the university and local charities.
E-mail - Jason Patterson (No Relation)
June 12, 2010 @ 10:26
Wow, nothing worse or more embarrassing than sending someone a nasty e-mail, and misspelling a big word that is supposed to be insulting.
Check this out. It was an e-mail in response to the "I've Changed My Mind" posting.
..."but then again, you're a guy that thinks the Liberals and NDP and so called "Green" party are "socialists" when they're not even Leftists...
Your just the reverse of the idiots in America who think Obama will bring "hope" and "change". Still waiting...
Life in a bubble must be nice...
Your archaic views never cease to amuse me Fred.
Go jump in Harper's lake.
Keep 'em coming.
All of us outside of your 200 (over-estimation) readers know you're bloody crock who can't even get on Corporate Hate Radio to play with Stafford and Oakley and the like...
P.S. You don't even live in Toronto.... *THAT's* the real funny part. Why don't you write about Brampton... something you might actually know something about.
Go run your cookie cutter radio station you trogdolyte.
It's troglodyte, not, trogdolyte.
It seems Jason ain't got no college... and while we're at it, I do believe funding for the G-8 and G-20 will come from federal coffers, not just Toronto, so it's a national issue.
Another lesson Jason, Brampton is in Canada.
a. A member of a fabulous or prehistoric race of people that lived in caves, dens, or holes.
b. A person considered to be reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.
c. An anthropoid ape, such as a gorilla or chimpanzee.
d. An animal that lives underground, as an ant or a worm.
Brampton (pronounced /ˈbramp-ton') is the third-largest city in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada.
I've Changed My Mind
June 10, 2010 @ 10:06
Last week I wrote about the horrific waste of money that is the G-20 Summit, and before today I agreed the fake lake was a waste of money too.
But now that I've seen this video, I've changed my mind. I could never side with these two.
Just When You Think You've Heard It All
June 2, 2010 @ 08:27
Men Are Pigs
May 31, 2010 @ 14:53
Hooray for Lenore Lukasik-Foss of the Woman Abuse Working Group, she got her way.
Even though the "kisses urinal" at the Honest Lawyer restaurant in Steel Town was an amusing topic of conversation and didn't bother most people, Lukasik-Foss, decided to get dramatic and make outrageous claims towards having it removed. And she did.
The urinal shaped like an open women's mouth was taken down this weekend.
It absolutely blows me away that these people can wield as much power as they do. The frickin' urinal was in the men's washroom for crying out loud, it was a novelty, it was meant to be a joke.
But there's no joking around with Lukasik-Foss when it comes to the urinals that ultimately lead to violence against women.
Oh yea, that's what she said. "Treating women like objects you pee into, especially in a bar setting, is linked ultimately to violence against women."
A goofy urinal, tucked away in a men's bathroom is a stepping stone for abuse against women.
It sure doesn't give men much credit. I have to wonder how many thousand men used that urinal while having a chuckle only to forget all about it two minutes after leaving the washroom.
I wonder how many of those men went out into the restaurant and told their stable wives and girlfriends about it and they laughed too.
But that doesn't matter to the hysterical feminist fringe that sees a monster in anything with a dick. They won't hesitate to make outlandish leaps that paint all men with the same brush if it means getting their way.
Lukasik-Foss claims she got over eleven hundred people to write letters demanding the urinal be removed. Like that's supposed to impress us.
I bet most of those 11 hundred have their own agenda and have never entered the restaurant let alone the washroom. And what's eleven hundred when you consider how many thousands of people used the washroom over the past year while this controversy was being whipped up.
The restaurant owners have not commented and I can understand why. They probably got tired of having someone clamped to their pant-leg refusing to go away until she got her way.
They're probably so disgusted they have to bite their tongues.
After all, anything they say in their defense could lead to violence against women.
Comments We Don't Like - Damien Cox
May 30, 2010 @ 12:27
Political correctness really blows. Like a lot things, it starts with good intentions and then the do-gooders get a hold of it and take it over the moon.
Political correctness practiced by the wrong people has put us where we are today. In some cases you can't even compliment someone without being called a racist, and often the person being protected by the PC professional doesn't even want protection.
The most recent example is an article written by Damien Cox in the Toronto Star entitled Offensive Blackhawks logo has got to go.
Believe me, having written this blog for the past four years, I know all about pushing buttons and getting a reaction, so I would hope that was the intention of Cox's column, but if it wasn't, well then consider him just another wannabe hero.
Without going into a lot of detail, I'm sure you get the drift. Cox thinks the Blackhawks logo which features the head of an Indian warrior is insensitive, racist and extremely out of date.
I'll give Cox this much. To choose such a logo in this day and age would be wrong and generally unacceptable, even if it was meant as a complimentary gesture.
But that's political correctness for you.
The problem here is that Damien Cox thinks the Blackhawks should actually change their logo now. A lot of high schools and universities have backtracked he argues, so why not the NHL team?
Here's why, because the Blackhawks have been around for nearly one hundred years and they were given their name with the best of intentions, but most of all because there has never been a mass of "Indians" lined up demanding that it be changed.
And apparently, according to Cox, they're the ones who should be offended.
The original owner of the Blackhawks chose the name and the logo as a tribute to Chief Black Hawk of the Sioux Nation, who fought on the side of the British in the War of 1812.
It was chosen as recognition of strength and bravery.
With today's twisted thinking that still makes it wrong. In a bizarre way, we've painted ourselves into a PC corner that says you can only receive such a tribute if you're a white guy, which actually makes it even more racist.
Ever thought of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish?
My question is this? What exactly is wrong with the Blackhawks logo? Is it something that native people should be ashamed of? I don't think so. It was put there for positive reasons, and although the attitude towards such recognition has changed in recent years, does that mean the history of this logo should be wiped away like it never existed?
When it comes to articles like Cox wrote, I'd really like to see some feedback from the people mostly affected.
For years the PC brigade has been trying to eliminate the nicknames of the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves, but its never gotten off the starting blocks because the people who should care the most, don't.
Of course Redskins is an archaic name that would never even be considered today, but it was installed as a tribute just like the name Braves was.
Again, by today's over-reactionary standards it would never happen, even I'm sure, if native people wanted it to. But with the Blackhawks, Redskins, Indians and Braves we're talking about history and definitely not negative history.
If the imaging is questionable, then let's leave it up to those affected to decide whether it should change.
Not someone from the ever-increasing over the top politically correct tribe.
Category: Sports | Stuff
How Dare They
May 13, 2010 @ 18:55
I'm very much bewildered by the abortion debate, whether it's within Canada or stretched across the entire world.
I can never get beyond a basic question. Shouldn't we all be in control of our own bodies?
How dare someone dictate to another on this subject, and how dare such a movement refer to itself as pro-life, like those who prefer choice are pro-death.
There was a rally on Parliament Hill today that featured at least 10 thousand people who think the state should have the power to tell someone else what to do with their body.
This is a slam dunk for me. Abortion should be the choice of the person who's carrying the fetus and nobody else. Sure, they can receive counseling and advice before making that decision, but there's no bloody way it should be legislated.
There's no way the state should stand in the way of any woman who makes the excruciating decision to abort a fetus. It's none of their business.
Yes, we have to go to great lengths to make sure that abortion isn't used as a method birth control, but that's something that will never be fully achieved whether abortion is legal or not, and I'm sure that's part of the reason Stephen Harper recently restricted foreign aid funding for abortion.
Not to say I agree with Harper on any level when it comes to this issue. If there's any part of him that wants to abolish abortion in this country I'm vehemently opposed. He's wrong.
As a matter of fact, and I know this will surprise a lot of you, if Harper abolished abortion in Canada, I would not vote for him in the next election.
To me it's a deal breaker. No choice for women, no vote for Stevie. I'd vote for an independent.
What bothers me the most about anti-abortionists is their ties to religion. We as a society should have evolved way beyond letting the church have a say in this matter, especially when you consider the hypocrisy of pretty much every religion under the sun.
I wonder how anti-abortionists have looked the other way when an unwanted pregnancy has directly affected their lives. It would probably make your head spin.
I watched the news tonight and I saw the gathering on Parliament Hill and I could only shake my head.
It was only 10 or 12 thousand people, but at the same time it's hard to believe that in the 21st century there are still that many people who think that way.
Children are extremely precious. But so is our freedom of choice.
*Check this out. A story about a run-in I had with a few anti-abortionists back in 2007.*
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
May 12, 2010 @ 21:30
Considering there was absolutely positively nothing on television Wedensday night, I decided to surf the net and found this article to be very interesting.
The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is part of the New World sapsucker genus Sphyrapicus, which is within the woodpecker family Picidae. The genus also includes the Red-naped Sapsucker, Red-breasted Sapsucker, and Williamson's Sapsucker.
Adults are black on the back and wings with white bars; they have a black head with white lines down the side and a red forehead and crown, a yellow breast and upper belly, a white lower belly and rump and a black tail with a white central bar. Adult males have a red throat; females have a white throat.
They drum and give a cat-like call in spring to declare ownership of territory.
Their breeding habitat is forested areas across Canada, eastern Alaska and the northeastern United States. They prefer young, mainly deciduous forests. There is also a disjunct population found in high elevations of the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
Like other sapsuckers, these birds drill holes in trees and eat the sap and insects drawn to it. They may also pick insects from tree trunks or catch them in flight. They also eat fruit and berries.
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers nest in a large cavity excavated in a deciduous tree, often choosing one weakened by disease; the same site may be used for several years.
They will mate with the same partner from year to year, as long as both birds survive. They sometimes hybridize with Red-naped Sapsuckers or Red-breasted Sapsuckers where their breeding ranges overlap.
These birds migrate to the southeastern United States, West Indies and Central America, leaving their summer range. This species has occurred as a very rare vagrant to Ireland and Great Britain.
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