Archive for February, 2006

Dear Dalton

February 21st, 2006
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John Tory notwithstanding, if CUPE goes on strike Thursday, this should be the front page of every paper in Ontario on Friday:


Picture of the Day – Got The Angle Covered

February 21st, 2006
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CRTC is now in the taxation business?

February 20th, 2006
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This story emerged late last week, but I only saw it today. I am a bit surprised the blogosphere isn’t all over this one, but I’ll do my bit. From

Canada’s major telephone companies have been ordered to spend more than $650 million from special accounts to improve services for rural and disabled Canadians, the federal regulator ordered Thursday.

What has happened is, the phone companies have been over charging you for your basic service. Instead of returning that money to consumers, the CRTC has ordered the companies to do the governments bidding.

… the CRTC is telling the telecoms to use those special funds to expand broadband services in rural Canada as well as improve telephone services to the disabled rather than return it to customers.

“We think this is in the broader interest of the consumers and the higher interest of the consumers,” said (CRTC commisioner Charles) Dalfen.

You see, the federal government has long promised broadband to every home. The CRTC has decided, this slush fund from your and my phone bill, should be spent on one of the just ousted Liberals favourite promises that they never really meant to deliver on.

From the CRTC presser:

“?Canada is a world leader in broadband access and today’?s decision builds on this enviable record. It serves to ensure that reliable, affordable, high-quality telecommunications services are extended to Canadians who would not otherwise be served, and is in the broadest interest of all consumers”

This amounts to a the CRTC imposing a tax to advance an item from a government wishlist. That is a taxation issue. If broadband in every home is that important, then it ought to be budgeted and voted on by Parliament, not through retroactive back door taxation by a regulatory body.

Lets hope new Minister of Canadian Heritage Bev Oda phones Charles Dalfen and fills him in on a little used concept knows as representative taxation.

The Globe and Mail’s Mathew Ingram has more.


Twisted Tunes – Cheney’s Got A Gun

February 19th, 2006
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The only Podcast I download is the daily Bob Rivers Show, from Seattle. I became familiar with this show through the classic Twisted Christmas albums. The boys in the show do parady of songs. Things like Whole Lotta Drugs and Taliban on the Run. The difference between them and other guys who do this sort of thing is Spike O’Neill – the singer who does incredible imitations.

SO this weeks Twisted Tune, Cheney’s Got A Gun complete with flash video.

You gotta love a song with lines like:

Dick Cheney’?s got a gun
The safety’?s come undone
Cindy Sheehan better run


Canada Loses to Switzerland

February 18th, 2006
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Quick, somebody call a royal commision!

Damn you Stephen Harper!!


I’m # 380

February 18th, 2006
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One of my MP3s – Bouree in Em – is at # 380 of the Soundclick Classical Charts.

This is new and cool, although it represents only 4 downloads and 4 listens. But it’s not good enough. Please click on the link and have a listen to J.S. Bach’s Bouree, from the 4th lute suite. It’s only about a 1:24 long so give it a listen and lets see if I can move into the 200’s.

And if you liked it, there’s a few more here.


I’m Back

February 17th, 2006

I’ve had three and a half days in the wilderness of Parry Sound with a broken espresso machine and dial up internet. I managed to push a few minor pieces out, but it took forever (how did we ever use dial up?), now I’m refreshed and ready to blog. It was quite a week, but a few bee’s really stuck in my bonnet.

Bill Graham had a few things that I thought interesting. First he won’t prop up the Conservative government:

“We’re not in the business of propping up the government,” he told the Globe and Mail. “We’re the Official Opposition.”

Fair enough really, but why wasn’t this news delivered with polls explaining how the Canadian people don’t want an election, and will punish those who force one. Of course, when Conservatives bring down Liberals, it’s Conservatives being overly ambitious. When Liberals bring down Conservatives, it’s Conservatives who don’t know how to govern.

Personally, I don’t buy it. The Liberals don’t have the money for another election. But hey, bring it on. The sooner the Liberals are bankrupt the better.

But it is Bill Grahams loose grasp of democracy that really astounds me:

“Other parties will have to decide whether they want to compromise on this, because they’re the ones — the Canadian public very well knows — that put us in this position. They’re the ones that created the Harper government. They’re the ones that are going to have to accommodate it.”

It’s the NDP and the Bloc who created this government. Not, repeat not the voters of Canada. The other parties. You can’t after all, expect voters to be responsible. Can’t expect Moms and Dad to care for there own children, can’t expect criminals to be responsible for their own actions &tc. and &tc.

This from the CBC:

“An income tax cut, which is what we proposed … was clearly the preferred option by all economists in terms of competitiveness in the country and what it would do for average person and particularly low-income earners,” he told CBC News on Thursday.

“We believe that the GST cut is a political ploy, not a real economic solution to our problems.”

It’s not what the voters clearly preferred, but what the economists clearly preferred, so that’s what the government should do. We lost so you must implement our plan. We are talking here about a grasp of democracy so thin, it could only come from a Minister of Foreign Affairs in a Canadian Liberal government.

Then there was this:

He said he found “astonishing” the NDP’s “chutzpah.”

What’s actually astonishing is the man who said all of the above can use the word “chutzpah” correctly in a sentence, yet is so completely incapable of recognizing it in himself.

Closer to home Ontario Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty is a titch upset with Sid Ryan:

“Mr. Ryan has decided that, because he is unhappy with the result of a lawful process, he will now protest in a way that is illegal. What’s more … he’s not threatening me, he’s threatening Ontario families,” the premier said yesterday.

You know Dalton, they have done this before. I remember chugging along the 410 one day when cars started spinning out in front of me. The plows had stopped plowing the left hand lane halfway through their work. They were mad at Mike Harris, decided to put a few lives at risk. Your party blamed Mike Harris. Teachers walked out, what’s that term, oh yea when they were “unhappy with the result of a lawful process.” Illegal strike we called it then. Mike Harris’s fault I seem to recall you calling it.

Sorry Dalton, you backed these guys when they pulled this stunt before, don’t blame them now. Ten years ago you and your Liberals liked this stuff. Looks good on you now.


Casino Royale villain Exposed

February 16th, 2006
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Mads Mikkelsen (left) has been cast as the villain Le Chiffre in the James Bond remake of Casino Royale. The Danish born Mikkelsen, who played Tristan in last years “King Arthur“, will face super wimp er spy Daniel Craig. It looks like Bond will finally lose a fight.

In other Bond news, the new Bond girl competition is rumoured to be between the OC’s Olivia Wilde
and Eva Green of kingdom of Heaven fame.

Anybody who wants to vote on the new Bond girl do so in the comments, and I’ll try and pass the votes along to the Bond producers (no guarantees though)

*Edit: And the winner is – Eva Green.


If your Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger…

February 16th, 2006
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How do you feel about todays Toronto Sun front page?

It can never be good when a half page picture of you is beside a half page headline with the words “Kid Porn Rap” in them. While no one is suggesting Mr. Kroeger is in any way related to the headline, it kind of looks that way at a glance – in fact it fooled me for a second.

If I where in charge of Nickelback’s promotions, I think I’d be keeping today’s Sun away from Chad.

Cross Posted to Singles Scene


Picture of the Day – The Road Less Travelled

February 15th, 2006
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My New Favourite Journalist…

February 14th, 2006

Is Katherine Fletcher from the Calgary Herald. The website for the Herald yesterday ran this item from Ms. Fletcher.

If you click on the link “How dare u speak to me like that?” in the last paragraph, you get to an article I wrote on Feb 3 called Anybody For a Race? For the record, this is to the best of my knowledge my first MSM link/mention.

Thank-you Katherine Fletcher, it feels very nice to be noticed.


Gone Fishin’

February 14th, 2006

I’m away for a couple of days and don’t expect to be able to update – hopefully the Conservative Party won’t implode without me!

Meanwhile, use the comments for this post to give the punch line to your favourite joke. I’ll start the process:

Hurt? You bet it hurt. He never wrote, he never phoned.

and, just to take it out of circulation early:

Arrrrr! It’s drivin’ me nuts.


I Had Been Hungry All The Years

February 14th, 2006
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by Emily Dickinson.

I had been hungry all the years-
My noon had come, to dine-
I, trembling, drew the table near
And touched the curious wine.

‘T was this on tables I had seen
When turning, hungry, lone,
I looked in windows, for the wealth
I could not hope to own.

I did not know the ample bread,
‘T was so unlike the crumb
The birds and I had often shared
In Nature’s dining-room.

The plenty hurt me, ‘t was so new,–
Myself felt ill and odd,
As berry of a mountain bush
Transplanted to the road.

Nor was I hungry; so I found
That hunger was a way
Of persons outside windows,
The entering takes away.


Picture of the Day – Little Drummer Boy

February 13th, 2006
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Some Short Items

February 13th, 2006
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Item #1: Wayne Gretzky was caught on wiretap discussing the gambling ring with Rick Tocchet – Oh my God! Let’s string Him up! Oh, wait a minute, the wiretap in question was after the gambling probe was made public. Maybe somebody should string up whoever leaked the Gretzky wiretap information without this key bit of info.

One Question about this whole Gretzky – Tocchet – Janet Jones thing. What year is this, 1952? Why is it impossible for the supposedly progressive media to get that a woman could be making bets on her own behalf?. Why does everyone assume she must be betting for Wayne?

You’ve come a long way baby – but not that far.

Item #2: ‘Pink Panther’ remake owns No. 1 spot – This thing got some of the worst reviews I’ve read in a while, yet it’s there at #1. It will be interesting to hear what the common folk thought of this movie. When critics hate something, sometimes it’s with good reason, and sometime they are just watching movies on another planet. Myself, after the reviews I decided it could be a DVD rental instead of a theatre go-to. However, I am going away for a few days of solitude this week, so if it’s playing at the Parry Sound theatre, I might just go.

Item #3: Speaking of Inspector Clouseau, there’s this story. Now that we know the victim, Harry Whittington, is fine we can laugh about it. So…

Since they happened on the same weekend, can we start calling him Vice-President Clouseau?