For many years Prime Minister Harper has mentioned a small project he works on when the politics is done: a book on the history of hockey. Today, that book, A Great Game: The Forgotten Leafs & the Rise of Professional Hockey hit the bookstores. Looking at the rise of professional hockey in the early years of the 20th century, “A Great Game is about the hockey heroes and hard-boiled businessmen who built the game, and the rise and fall of legendary teams pursuing the Stanley Cup.”
Prime Minister Harper was on Toronto’s Prime Time Sports yesterday to talk about the book.
You can buy the book at the usual bookstores, buy it for your Kindle, iPad or other tablet device or, of course, do what I’m going to do and put it on your Christmas list.
I mean, if it saves just one rock stars life.
Think I’m kidding? Any government that can examine what you do with the food you cook in your own home and who does and doesn’t eat it then calls it a crisis, that government can, and will, decide everything you do and don’t do in life.
Since I missed Reeds passing, here’s a little Sweet Jane, one of his gems.
Do you follow the Eurovision song contest? Eurovision is a nation vs. nation version of American Idol, in which each country nominates a performer and song to compete against the rest of Europe. Abba, representing Sweden, won it in 1974 with their song Waterloo. Canadian Celine Dion, in an act of musical treason so appalling most Canadian’s can’t bear to even hear of it, won for Switzerland in 1988 for Ne partez pas sans moi.
This year, Austria’s representative is a cross dressing transexual/ bearded man in an evening gown called Conchita Wurst.
Cue the angry Belarusans:
Thanks to European liberals, the popular international contest, which is to be watched by our children, has turned into a hotbed of sodomy…
Then there’s the bit about Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko saying it is “better to be a dictator than a gay.” Well, yea, it’s better to be a dictator than a lot of things, but if you live in Berlarus, and your not the dictator, maybe life isn’t quite as rosy.
Watch out Canada, if you think Belarus is upset at Austria now, wait until they find out that was Patois and not Swiss at all.
h/t Alan Cross
I love this idea:
Apparently Dalton McGuinty is moving to Harvard. Lets make sure his reputation follows him. I understand that people are writing to the President of the University to let him know how fucked up this decision is.
You can email the President of Harvard at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know why McGuinty has shown neither the ability nor the ethics for a major University.
Some poiints to consider:
- Ontario Debt to GDP has risen steadily since McGuinty became Premier, from 27% to 37% now - it is projected to rise to 40.4% in 3 years.
- Net debt has doubled in that time, from approximately $150-million in 2003 to $300-million now.
- The latter half of the Mike Harris years, from 1999-2002, Ontario had a small surplus. When McGuinty took over from Ernie Eves, there was a $5.4-billion deficit, which McGuinty represented has an example of horrific book-keeping. The deficit will be $15.2-billion this year, with laughable (and now thrown out the window) projections of balance by 2016.
- His government has been scandal plagued since day one, with E-Health and Ornge Air Ambulance spending scandals, his alternate energy act, which amounted to a public payout to Samsung for no discernible benefit and now the closing of 2 natural gas generator plants for purely political reasons. The costs of this decision has risen from $45-million then, to a possible $900-million (Oh hell, lets call it a billion and be done with it) now.
- He may be the most compulsive liar ever to darken the political doorstep.
- Ontario has gone from a have Province, making a national contribution to the economy, to a have not, recieving equalization funds from the national economy. We went from Alberta to Quebec in one Premier.
There’s more, but that’s a good starting point. Perhaps if enough Ontarians let Harvard know we feel they are hiring a man of such little ability and honesty, unqualified for either the ethics or economics department, they will re-think this decision.
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
I think we need to be honest about the exercise that is unfolding… I would appreciate that kind of honesty…
Dalton McGuinty lecturing anybody on honesty is like Bill Clinton giving an harangue on fidelity, or Richard Nixon on ethics. It’s cringeworthy at best. I’ve seen a lot of politicians tell a lot of lies, but Dalton McGuinty is the one who is the most congenitally incapable of speaking the truth. From day one this smarmy little man has smirked and lied to the people of Ontario. And as his $40-million seat save has risen to $585-million, which is turning to $900-million, McGuinty once again smirks and promises to respect Ontarians in the morning.
But that’s our Dalton: A lie, wrapped up in a lecture on honesty, surrounded by an untruth.
I don’t know what bothers me most, the flippancy of the admission, or the fact the Chief Secretary to the Treasury the latter was left for, David Laws, “… didn’t regard[sic] as a big thing.” Of course Laws is a Lib Democrat - think NDP - who lasted on the job all of 17-days before being forced to resign in an expense scandal.
One wonders if Charles Sousa will leave such a note in his wake? At a guess, I’d say that’s just a bit to honest for these Daltonites.
Heart opened a tour with Jason Bonham on Monday in Tampa. The last 45 minutes, Heart plus Bonham and his guitarist, Tony Catania, share the stage and do a Led Zeppelin set. Here’s Kashmir:
Here in Cambridge, our MPP Rob Leone, along with Nipissing MPP Vic Fideli, has requested the OPP investigate the Ontario Liberals for the illegal destroying of emails. Our local paper, a TorStar/Metroland publication, framed the story this way:
Cambridge MPP Rob Leone is at the centre of an OPP investigation into the deletion of electronic records pertaining to the cancellation of gas power plants in Mississauga and Oakville, by Ontario’s Liberals.
Wednesday afternoon, the Tory MPP met with three police officers at Queen’s Park to discuss the investigation.
That’s right, Leone is “at the centre” of the investigation, and had to meet with the OPP to “discuss the investigation.” Stop reading right there - as newspapers know most people do - and ask yourself, who’s under investigation?
In a report released earlier this month entitled Deleting Accountability: Record Management Practices of Political Staff – A Special Investigation Report, Information and Privacy Commissioner Dr. Ann Cavoukian confirmed senior advisors in former premier Dalton McGuinty’s office, as well as other ministers’ offices, destroyed and/or took sole copies of official government documents covered under the Archives and Recordkeeping Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Yes, paragraph 4 and finally Progressive Conservative MPP Rob Leone is shown to be requesting an investigation, not “at the centre,” of one.
Interestingly, in the version of the article that made it into print and landed on my doorstep this morning, there is only one paragraph after the one in which Leone is shown to be requesting an investigation. It says, simply (lamely), “they want to know if anything criminal transpired.” Nothing about a committee involved in a formal investigation, nothing about taxpayers property, nothing about sections of the criminal code. Just Leone and Fideli “wanting to know.”
Our local paper has a new editor, Richard Vivian, who is a mere three months into the job. Jeff Hurst, the previous editor, would have never let this article publish as is. One hopes it’s a mistake, not a signal of the way our local paper is going to be slanting the news.
Black Star Riders are what remains of the recent touring version of Thin Lizzy. Their new album, All Hell Breaks Loose, is no Thin Lizzy in their prime. But it does prove that yes, they do still make music like that. Someday Salvation is the absolute highlight of the album, but Bound for Glory isn’t bad either.
And just in case you forgot how good they are, here’s the real thing.