Archive for August, 2006

Picture of the Day – Your Boat Sunk

August 21st, 2006
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Tea, Leave!

August 21st, 2006
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The world is going to hell in a hand basket. Every day there is a story that illustrates the point. Today I submit for your perusal the following story from the world of cricket:

Pakistan failed to take the field after tea on the fourth day of the fourth and final test against England on Sunday after the touring side were accused of ball tampering.

Anybody who has ever been to Britain knows, it’s tea first then we deal with the problem. If Pakistan really wanted to rattle the Brits cages, they should have refused the tea until the problem was solved.

For a play by play of this stunning controversy – How the Drama Unfolded. Note:

-2.12pm:…nerves start to fray as the third-wicket partnership between Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen reaches 100 in 93 minutes.

-2.14: Cook is out leg-before to an in swinging yorker

-3.45: Bad light stops play and tea is taken early.

Looks like a right sticky wicket all round. Now if you’ll excuse me, but it’s 4:15 and I am late for early tea.


Martha Hall Findlay Goes Where Liberal’s Fear to Tread.

August 21st, 2006
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Over the past six months, occasionally I read someone on the Liberal side of the Blogosphere mention they are impressed with Martha Hall Findlay. She is smart, has a solid platform, knows her stuff &tc. However, she has little hope of emerging as the new Liberal leader, so I have not spent any time looking into her. This may have been a mistake.

In today’s Post, she has an article entitled Honest Talk about Health Care that is excellent. I agree with almost every word she has written. She mocks the Conservatives for their wait time guarantee, a paragraph I disagree with, mostly because a wait time guarantee, while not a great solution, is probably the most radical change the Conservatives could get away with within the confines of a minority government and their constitutional role in Provincial programs.

Everything else she writes, however, is bang on.

Wait times are unacceptable. Period. Solving them… has to start with an honest discussion of the issues. To do anything else is a failure of leadership and Canadians deserve better.

We must start by re-framing the discussion. We must get away from terminology, rhetoric and labels that promote fear and distort the truth. For too long, the word “private” has been used as a blunt instrument by political leaders to score political points, and as a scare tactic equated with trying to destroy our health care system. [emphasis mine]

Of course, she fails to mention that it would be Liberal leaders who use the word “private” as a “blunt instrument to score political points.” Can we assume if she makes Liberal leader, and wins a minority Parliament, that Ms. Findlay would not make agreements to keep Parliament alive with pushers of a communist health care system like Jack Layton or Buzz Hargrove?

She also takes a very cheap shot at the US, saying “we should be looking to democracies with values similar to ours and learning from them.” I understand, and agree with the point, but it is poorly made and leads one to believe that Ms. Findlay would return us to the Yankee bashing ways of her predecessors in the Liberal party.

But these are quibbles. It is, after all, a political document and, as such, can be forgiven a few minor political shots. The overall tone of the article is a very positive development in Canadian politics – a Liberal acknowledging that fully “private” health care is not the only answer, and acknowledging that any debate on this subject has been strewn with unhelpful labeling and brow beating of those with ideas outside of the status quo.

I hope that when her party gets done with this article, she doesn’t wish she had failed to take the field after tea.


Picture of the Day – Hespeler Mill Pond

August 20th, 2006
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Picture of the Day – Lagoon Loon

August 18th, 2006
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28 years ago today…

August 16th, 2006
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It was Aug 16, 1978, 28 years ago today. The Memphis police where on strike and thousands upon thousands of music fans were on a pilgrimage to honour Elvis Presley on the first anniversary of his death. The National Guard had been called in to keep the peace, playing crowd control for the legions of Elvis faithful.

A Canadian rock band, Prism, was playing in Memphis that night. In order to get from their hotel to the concert they had to be helicoptered over the mass of people and National Guardsmen moving towards Graceland. Looking down on the chaos from the aerial vantage point, the thought it looked like a scene out of Armageddon; thus was born one of the great moments in Canadian classic rock.

More on Prism at Singles Scene


Who’s The New Trudeau? Part 2

August 15th, 2006
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It all starts to make sense. In the past few weeks I have commented on two, seemingly unrelated, stories.

Story 1
: The Federal Liberal’s, according to a Toronto Star article, are apparently looking for a needle in a haystack:

“People are looking for a new Trudeau,”…

Story 2: Sheila Copps’ column today makes you wonder how this woman ever got elected dog catcher. It’s about Fidel’s Cuba and…

At the time I thought, what would compel Sheila to write a “Fidel the great” article. Today it makes sense: Sheila wants to be the new Trudeau.


Consigning Pierre to History’s Dustbin

August 15th, 2006
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I feel good today. Happy, content:

I grew up knowing that Fidel Castro had a special place among my family’s friends. We had a picture of him at home: a great big man with a beard who wore military fatigues and held my baby brother Michel in his arms. When he met my little brother in 1976, he even gave him a nickname that would stick with him his whole life: “Micha-Miche.”

A few years later, when Michel was around 8 years old, I remember him complaining to my mother that my older brother and I both had more friends than he did. My mother told him that, unlike us, he had the greatest friend of all: he had Fidel…

Fidel may have been at first a political contact of my father’s but their relationship was much more than that. It was extra-political.

Don’t you begin to get the feeling that history is not going to be very kind to the Pierre Trudeau legacy, no matter how many love ins the CBC holds. I mean with friends like these

On a side note, does any body else get completely creeped out when looking at this picture?

What kind of man lets a someone with that much blood on his hands any where near an infant?

Third greatest Canadian, my aunt Fanny.

h/t to Wonder Woman.


Picture of the Day – Parry Sound? Traffic

August 14th, 2006
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How serious are the Conservatives about the CBC

August 11th, 2006
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As a free market kind of guy, I have little time for the CBC. Not just because it’s tax financedg distortion on that free market, but also because they are so F***ing biased against my side.

However, as a long time hockey fan (and Leaf fan – the one time the CBC is on my side), Hockey Night in Canada is a staple in my life. I was raised on it the way many Canadian kids are. It is a part of our heritage.

As a known hockey fan, the same, presumably, can be said for Stephen Harper. He has to hate the CBC more than I do, yet is it unreasonable to suggest that Hockey Night in Canada is an important part of his heritage, a major part of his youth. It is a Canadian institution to so many Canadians regardless of your political stripe.

That’s why this is, I think, big news:

Bell Globemedia is likely to offer a bid for Hockey Night in Canada worth $1.4 billion over 10 years, the Globe and Mail reported Friday.

The CBC’s rights for its longtime ratings leader will expire at the end of the 2007-08 NHL season…

The CBC currently pays about $65 million a year for broadcasting…

The rumour mill has it that the CBC can not find the extra $75 million it will take to keep Hockey Night in Canada. Will the Conservative government let Hockey Night in Canada die? If so, what on CBC would they bother saving? But if not, then the rest must also be saved.

In other words, look at this as a test case for the whole of CBC. If a hockey lovin’ Canadian boy like Stephen Harper can let Hockey Night in Canada die, then the CBC may well be in heaps of trouble.

If he can’t, the rest of us will have to keep paying for what we are not watching.


How to Create Infighting in the Liberal’s Party

August 10th, 2006
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Be nice to them

There is an international crisis, and Maria Minna is worried about “expressing herself at caucus.”

Good Grief!


Picture of the Day – Death Trap

August 10th, 2006
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Sheila The Unbelievable

August 9th, 2006

Sheila Copps’ column today makes you wonder how this woman ever got elected dog catcher. It’s about Fidel’s Cuba and, well here’s a sampling (with my comments in brackets):

Theirs is not a democratic society in the Canadian sense, (in what sense is it democratic?)

we may eschew their form of government. But who can argue with Cuban success in two important societal building blocks — health and education? (why isn’t starvation diets a health issue? What good is an education when there are no jobs?)

Their cult of leadership, lifting Castro up to the exclusion of others, is an anathema to our view of democracy. (stop acting as though democracy has anything to do with it).

Instead of wasting my time critiquing this column piece by piece I thought I’d be more blunt: Sheila, of your last six columns, two, this one, and this one, would land you in jail if you wrote them in Cuba about Castro. That is what should be anathema to you.

She actually finishes the article with a jaw dropping story about Castro chasing Al Gore around the room in Mexico when he was vice president. It’s jaw dropping because Sheila concludes that if Gore had embraced Castro he would have been elected President:

In the end, Castro was rebuffed and Gore lost the presidency. Who knows how an American-Cuban rapprochement might have helped Gore’s presidential ambitions? Had Gore seized the opportunity to reach out, history might have been different.

For those of you who wonder why relations between Canada and the States got so bad during the Liberal tenure, wonder no more. It’s clear the Liberals haven’t got a clue about the US.


Mass firings to follow?

August 9th, 2006
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Somewhat overshadowed by the Reuters Etch-a-Sketch scandal, the CBC’s example of creative editing has been moved to the back burner.

Out of curiosity I went to the Corpse’s website to see if there was anything about this being said. No prizes for guessing the answer to that.

What I did find while stumbling about was a section in the corporate side called “Journalistic Standards and Practices”. While reading through this I was snickering, snorting and yelping so much people looked into my office thinking I was having some sort of seizure.

I’ll just give you a few highlights here, too many is not good for my health. You can read the rest on your own by going to site yourself.

By the way, wouldn’t contravening these practices be a firing offence? In the real world maybe.

The information conforms to reality and is not in any way misleading or false.

The information is truthful, not distorted to justify a conclusion. Broadcasters do not take advantage of their power to present a personal bias.

Any situation which could cause reasonable apprehension that a journalist or the organization is biased or under the influence of any pressure group, whether ideological, political, financial, social or cultural, must be avoided.

Editing: (this is a good one)
Questions and answers must not be edited so as to change the original meaning, or distort the sense of the original interview as a whole.
Answers to a question given in one context must not be edited into another (emphasis mine)
An answer to a question must not be placed in a program so that it purports to be an answer to a question other that actually posed.

I swear, I didn’t make any of this up. Go on over to the site yourself. Just be sure to take your heart meds first.

I have to stop now. I’m feeling a little dizzy.

Editor’s Note: Ron is referencing this article/video clip.


Picture of the Day – Gables of Green

August 9th, 2006
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