Archive for November, 2006

Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week

November 29th, 2006

The Blue Blogging Soap box Blogging Tories Site of the Week is Nick and Nora’s Conservative Blog of Some Note:

A blog of conservative opinion. A collection of political demagoguery, comedic non-sequiturs, film reviews, and the experiences of a married pair o’ covert conservative christians working in the world of social services and entertainment.

That about sums it up. Nice blog guys.


Donato and My Flag

November 29th, 2006

First it was my local paper using my visual, now it’s a major publication. The Toronto Sun’s Andy Donato used the fleur de lis Canadian Flag in his cartoon today.

I should have trademarked it, I’d be up a couple of bucks by now.


Canadian Idiot

November 28th, 2006
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Weird Al Yankovic , that accordion playing freak from the 80’s has a new hit, with a parody of Green Days American Idiot. It has apparently struck a nerve, as there are a pile of videos being made of it. The song, Canadian Idiot is a parody of how Americans see us. And hey, we have an accent?!?

One of the videos is here. I chose this one because in the opening line, “Don’t wanna be a Canadian Idiot,” a picture of Tom Green comes up: it won my heart right away:

There are more available here if you don’t like this one. Kudos to all video makers who found Saskatchewan on the map.

In case you don’t want to sit through the video, here’s the words”

Weird Al Yankovic – Canadian Idiot Lyrics

Don’t wanna be a Canadian idiot
Don’t wanna be some beer swillin’ hockey nut
And do I look like some frostbitten hose-head?
I never learned my alphabet from A to Zed

They all live on donuts and moose meat
And they leave the house without packin’ heat
Never even bring their guns to the mall
And you know what else is too funny?
Their stupid Monopoly money
Can’t take ’em seriously at all

Well maple syrup and snow’s what they export
They treat curling just like it’s a real sport
They think their silly accent is so cute
Can’t understand a thing they’re talkin’ aboot

Sure they got their national health care
Cheaper meds, low crime rates and clean air
Then again well they got Celine Dion
Eat their weight in Kraft macaroni
And dream of drivin’ a Zamboni
All over Saskatchewan

Don’t wanna be a Canadian idiot
Won’t figure out their temperature in Celsius
See the map, they’re hoverin’ right over us
Tell you the truth, it makes me kinda nervous

Always hear the same kind of story
Break their nose and they’ll just say “sorry”
Tell me what kind of freaks are that polite?
It’s gotta mean they’re all up to somethin’
So quick, before they see it comin’
Time for a pre-emptive strike!


John Tory in Speed Boat Marijuana Near-Bust Scandal

November 28th, 2006

This may be the most interesting thing John Tory has said or done since he’s become the Ontario Conservative leader:

Conservative Leader John Tory used marijuana as a high school and university student, once favoured lighter sentences for pot traffickers and even drove while “stoned.”

The revelations are contained in a 30-year-old newspaper column that Tory wrote as a law student for Obiter Dicta, the official student newspaper of Osgoode Hall Law School.

Some Liberal hack has dredges up a 30 year old story penned by Tory in university. In it, he talks of smoking pot, driving while under the influence thereof, and general immature behaviour of the kind we all once did and are somewhat loathe to admit. My favourite bit:

I know from stoned driving experience that it affects my depth perceptions quite markedly,” he wrote.

“Like the time I was driving down Hwy. 48 and pulled to a stop at a stop sign which was 200 yards further down the highway. Or the time I sat on a hotel bed in a far distant land, convinced that I couldn’t speak for more than an hour.”

Man, good dope! This is good too:

Tory went on to reminisce about the time he and a friend were entering a Lake Simcoe marina with a half pound of marijuana aboard and noticed they were being followed by another boat with a powerful searchlight.

“I managed to persuade my accomplice not to ditch the stuff so he stuffed it down his pants and we made it to the dock without incident,” Tory wrote.

It’s a great article, and the first interesting thing I have heard come from the ever boring Tory.

One question though. This was leaked by “a Liberal source.” Why? Did the Liberals some how think it would hurt Tory that he smoked pot in his university days? Be careful Liberals: This is one boring guy, and stories like this may help him as much as hurt him.


Picture of the Day – Innukshuk of the Water

November 26th, 2006
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Picture of the Day – The Fenelon Falls falls

November 25th, 2006
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Saturday FlufferNutter

November 25th, 2006

Back when I was a kid, I used to eat a sandwich made with Peanut Butter and Fluff – a marshmallow spread. They were called Fluffernutters.

Starting today, a new and hopefully regular feature will appear Saturdays with the weeks pop culture/celebrity type news. Hespeler ET, if you will.

I regularly want to have a go at some celebrity story, but am aware that it is space filling junk, and many of you may not want to read it. With that in mind, the Saturday feature will allow me to spout off about Tom Cruise – Katie Holmes nuptials, and still stay fairly true to what I envisioned for this Blog (which was no Madonna all the time). As I have lately gone away from political/new blogging on weekends, this will fill the void a little.

The feature will be called the Saturday FlufferNutter, because it is a bunch fluff about a bunch of nuts, but mostly because I miss my fluffernutters:

Can’t get enough Kramer. Now, some fans are boycotting Seinfeld product. Personally, I have been boycotting the stuff for years, but only because I don’t get the entertainment factor from the show that makes me want to spent $50 on the DVDs. But I understand the reaction. I feel that way when entertainers spout off politically. “Shut up and sing,” is the term we conservatives use. For me, If your a marginal act on my radar, say the Barenaked Ladies or Sean Penn, I just don’t give my money to you. But if your Bruce Springsteen, well you get away with it. So thinking of boycotting Seinfeld, go ahead – why should that jerk get a penny of your money. Unless of course, your really hurting yourself.

Liked this from the Kirkland article noted above:

One weak-minded Seinfeld fan who wants no part of a boycott is worried about buying Season 7 when most of the clerks at his video store in L.A. are black.

What? in all of LA, there is only one video store? For God’s sake, go to Walmart.

Saw Casino Royale this weekend. My comment is thus, if somebody tells you he’s the best Bond since, well anybody, ask them if they are a fan of Bond movies. My bet is they aren’t really. I am, and he’s awful. One car chase in the whole movie, ten seconds in the lame ass Bond rolls the car. One scene he is so love sick puppy-ish I though Sandra Bullock was going to walk by carrying a bag of groceries with a baguette sticking out the top. It was painful! Supposedly its exceptionally written, but it’s not an exceptionally written “Bond” movie. After the natural ending, the money is returned, Bond and girl are stowed away together, the movie continues on for another half an hour. Instead of roll credits we get to suffer through some agonizing bit of filming. Long and short of it, in ten years, when he has been digested, Daniel Craig will rate somewhere along with Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby in the Bond range, possibly even behind Dalton.

OJ Simpson appeared, then disappeared from the news-cycle the past two weeks. While many commentators where saying stuff to the effect “people will buy his book, they always do,” I disagree. Every once in a while people see through the hype and the crap – Mariah Carrey’s the Confessions of MiMi, Bennifers film catastrophe GiGi to cite two examples. Every once in a while you can underestimate the intelligence of the American consumer. I strongly suspect this was one of those cases, and the publishers figured that out.

Ask and I shall recieve. Back on September 12th, Bob Seger Day in At Home in Hespeler, I mentioned the upcoming tour, with this proviso:
Looking forward to seeing you…

Toronto is on your list if dates, right Bob?

Well, it was and is. Tuesday January 23rd, Air Canada Centre. Tickets are on sale now.

Laughed when I read the people in the Italian town of Bracciano are upset that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes didn’t stick around after the wedding to mingle with the locals. Did anybody really think they were going to get close to His Cruisness without security clearance and a job to do?

Proving that he is the devil incarnate, Cruse’s wedding has caused grief between David Beckham and his manager, and a rift has developed between Cruise and his close friend John Travolta because Travolta’s pal Oprah Winfrey was not on the guest list.

Two deaths of note this week: condolence to the families of John Allen Cameron and Robert Altman.


Flagging a Cartoon

November 25th, 2006
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I laughed at this cartoon today from my local paper. But not because it’s funny, but because I was there first.

Here’s the cartoon:And here’s my photoshop from Wednesday:

What do you think, was I lifted, or is this just a case of two fools seldom differ-ing?


Thanksgiving in the U.S.

November 23rd, 2006
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Happy Thanksgiving to all the American readers!


Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week

November 23rd, 2006

The Blue Blogging Soap box Blogging Tories Site of the Week is Grey Canada, a blog that puts thought into some matters that affect us: Global Warming, charter of rights, equality, supreme court power – the lighter fare.

Not much, however, on the new Bond movie, or the upcoming Bob Seger show – nothing really, really serious.



November 23rd, 2006
23, 2006

Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued
the following statement to the House of Commons concerning the motion tabled in
respect of Quebec as a nation:

“That this House recognize that the
Québécois form a nation within a united Canada.”

Mr. Speaker,

true intention of the Bloc leader and the sovereignist camp is perfectly

It is not to recognize what the Québécois are, but what the
sovereignists would like them to be.

For the Bloc, this is not about
Quebec as a nation; the National Assembly has already pronounced on that. This
is about separation.

To them, nation means separation.

We saw
his true intentions on October 27, when he said: “…the NDP has recognized for
decades that Quebec forms a nation, yet every time there is a referendum, they
act contrary to the positions they’ve taken.”

In other words, if we
recognize the Québécois as a nation, we must vote “yes” in a referendum on

And the Bloc leader’s attempt to lead the Québécois, in good
faith, to support separation in spite of themselves reminds us of his mentor
Jacques Parizeau and the “lobster traps”.

But the Québécois are not
fooled by these clumsy tactics.

The former PQ Premier, Bernard Landry,
posed the following question: “once that recognition is achieved, you have to
know that you will then be faced with the following question: Why should the
Quebec nation be content with being the province of another nation and forgo
equality with your nation and all other nations?”

The answer is clear,
because the Québécois have always played an historic role in advancing Canada
with solidarity, courage and vision, and building a Quebec that is confident,
self-reliant, united and proud within a Canada that is strong and united,
independent and free.

When he landed in Québec City, Champlain did not
say, “This isn’t going to work: it’s too far, it’s too cold, it’s too
difficult.” No. Champlain and his companions worked hard because they believed
in what they were doing, because they wanted to preserve their values, because
they wanted to build a long-lasting, secure country.

And that is exactly
what happened almost 400 years ago: the founding of the Canadian state.

Mr. Speaker, the Québécois know who they are.

They know they have
contributed to Canada’s founding, development and greatness.

They know
they have preserved their unique language and culture and promoted their values
and interests within Canada.

The question is a straightforward one: do
the Québécois form a nation within a united Canada? The answer is yes.

Do the Québécois form a nation independent from Canada? The answer is
no, and it will always be no.

All throughout their history, the
Québécois have always recognized the prophets of doom and the true guides of
their destiny.

Because the Québécois since Cartier and Laurier to
Mulroney and Trudeau have led this country, and millions like them have helped
to build it.

And with their English- and French-speaking fellow citizens
and people of all nationalities from around the world, they made this country
what it is: the greatest country on Earth, a shining example in a dangerous and
divided world of the harmony and unity that all peoples have the capacity to

And we will do what we must, what our forefathers and
foremothers have always done, and that is to preserve this country—a strong,
united, independent and free Canada.


Harper Declares Quebec a Nation "Within Canada."

November 22nd, 2006

Stephen Harper today surprised analysts and the house by announcing he would be “introducing a motion recognizing that Quebecers form a nation within Canada.”

The move comes the day before the house is set to debate a Bloc Quebecois motion declaring Quebec a nation, but not within Canada. In a debate that is ripping the federal Liberals apart, Harper came out on Michael Ignatieff’s side, putting forth the motion that the Liberals will be debating in a week and a half – which by then could be moot.

It looks like a move by Harper to restrict damage done by the Bloc motion, while once again, throwing the fox in the Liberal hen house: front-runner Michael Ignatieff’s position is now official Conservative policy. This motion will allow Federal politicians to vote that Quebec is a nation, while not directly supporting separation. It looks like it has the support of the Liberals.

One last note. Why do this? – here’s why (go to page 2):

Former Liberal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre says he will vote for both the Bloc and the Liberal motions and says it would be a slap in the face of Quebec to vote no.

There’s not a politician in this country that can afford to slap Quebec in the face (OK, Jack Layton can), nor is there one who can afford to support the Bloc motion outside of Quebec.


We Need Gambling Cash: McGuinty

November 22nd, 2006
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With a second scandal hitting the provincial lotto honchos in less than a month, Don McGuinty has come out like a Vegas mafioso at a Congressional hearing:

“This is really important to us,” McGuinty said. “This is not some abstract, academic pursuit here. This is a large part of how we fund health care, education and infrastructure in the province of Ontario.”

Frankly, a debate needs to be had whether this is how we should be raising funds. And an investigation ought to be had to find out were tax revenue that is supposed to do this stuff is disappearing to.

The problem is, this is not a Liberal, or Conservative issue, this is all parties are hooked on gaming revenues. We pay a large chunk of our earnings into taxes, and health care is at risk when some convenience store employees are cheating the system? Time for a new system.


Downtown Toronto Shooting

November 21st, 2006
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It appears a busy shopping area has been hit with gunshots again tonight, as Police have cordoned off a section of Toronto’s downtown core tonight to investigate a shooting.

From CityTV:

A part of downtown Toronto was cordoned off Tuesday night, after shots rang out near the Yonge St. strip. Officers say at least six shots were fired at a car near O’Keefe Lane and Shuter Street, just east of Yonge. It doesn’t appear anyone was hit.

From AM640:

A drive by shooting at Yonge and Shuter has left shop owners and Christmas shoppers pretty nervous. Luckily nobody was hurt in the shooting, which happened at the tail end of rush hour, around 6:15 Tuesday night.
Shuter was cordoned off and bullet casings had been marked by police on the sidewalk.
Police are still on the hunt for suspects, and there’s no word on who the target was.

From the Star:

When witnesses heard the initial shots, they looked to see a man standing on the sidewalk at that location firing at a newer-model black Cadillac driving by with at least four occupants inside, they said.The car sped east on Shuter toward Jarvis St., while the shooter was seen running north on Yonge St. toward Dundas St.One witness told police the Cadillac had a bullet hole in its back window as it sped away.

This shooting is very near where 15 year old Jane Creba was shot while shopping day on boxing day last year.

Police have no suspects, nor motives at this time.


I’m So Glad we Have the NDP to Run This Country

November 21st, 2006

This was going to be a happy post about all party approval of a State Funeral for the last surviving WWI vet:

VICTORY! Parliament approves State Funeral for last veteran of the First World War – November 21, 2006 has a more detailed story here:

OTTAWA (CP) – The House of Commons unanimously approved a motion Tuesday asking the government to offer a formal state funeral for the last Canadian veteran of the First World War.

It’s believed there are only three survivors of the 600,000 Canadians who served under arms in the 1914-18 war: Dwight Wilson, who is 105 and Lloyd Clemett and John Babcock, who are both 106.

Congratulations to the Dominion institute who got this thing done. It was a very worthy cause, which I and many other blogs supported.

Too bad the NDP, under Jack “Look AT Me” Layton, had to take credit for doing this:

Another victory for vets: NDP motion for state funeral wins unanimous consent

OTTAWA – NDP Leader Jack Layton celebrated another victory for veterans today as the NDP motion for a state funeral for the last Canadian WWI veteran passed unanimously in the House of Commons.

“Ordinary Canadians across this country want to honour and remember the last of this Great Generation. Close to 90,000 Canadians have already signed the Dominion Institute’s petition calling for a state funeral for the last Great War veteran. With the adoption of our motion today, Canadians can collectively celebrate the sacrifice of all WWI veterans,” said Layton.

The motion, introduced in the House of Commons today by NDP critic for Veterans Affairs Peter Stoffer (Sackville – Eastern Shore) states:

That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Canada should honour all who served Canada in the First World War by sponsoring a state funeral on the passing of the last Canadian veteran of this Great War.

“Canada’s veterans are our greatest heroes and our country’s greatest volunteers. Offering a state funeral for the last Canadian veteran of the First World War is a fitting and symbolic tribute to recognize the great personal sacrifices of those who have served and who are currently serving our country,” said Stoffer.

This victory for veterans and all Canadians comes just two weeks to the day after the NDP’s Veterans First Motion passed in the House of Commons. The Veterans First Motion ensures that Canadian Forces veterans and their families are taken care of, not just during their service days, but throughout their lives by addressing unfair deductions and restrictions on the pensions of veterans and their spouses.

“Afters years of broken promises to veterans by the Liberals and opposition to pension reform from the Conservatives, the NDP is proud to ensure that veterans are getting the recognition they deserve, once and for all,” said Layton.

The vets must be so pleased to have the NDP on their team. Hands up if you thought you’d never see Layton utter the word “Dominion”.