Archive for June, 2007

Bandwagon Wheels All Over The 401

June 7th, 2007
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Hmm, maybe it is me.

Lets see, became a Leaf fan around 1970, they have won zero cups since. Other years I have picked a team, only to watch them lose immediately thereafter. Some years I have changed teams every round, the team I pick to cheer for loses about as soon as I pick them.

This year, the Senators looked good, real good. I said so. I jumped on the bandwagon: the wheels fell off.

Sorry Sens fans, it’s my fault. It has nothing to do with Anaheim hitting your guys, like the Leafs used to. It was all me, sorry.

And congratulations to the Ducks who are not to be called Mighty: you looked awful mighty this year.

Hockey, Ottawa, Stanley Cup

Would You Stop Driving for 12c a Litre?

June 6th, 2007

Elizabeth May thinks you would. I wonder. Hasn’t the price of gas gone up more than 12c a litre this year? What has it stopped you from doing?

And since there’s all the caterwauling about gas-gouging, ask yourself this. In the current pricing scheme, does demand and supply meet? That is, is there excess of either? And if Elizabeth May’s scheme works, and it’s true that the oil companies are gouging, or taking excess profits, then what’s to stop them absorbing the tax increase? According to lefty think tax Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the oil companies are taking 15c a litre excess profit. If a 12c tax hurts demand, then they could afford to drop prices back until demand returns. Not only could they, it would be good business to do so.

Then what? 25c a litre? 50c? 60c? Gee, I wonder who said that?

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Sixty cents a litre is the starting point for serious reduction. This is just a smooth trick to get carbon taxes in play, they’ll adjust accordingly later. And we all know how hard it is to get governments to adjust down.

Update: As Gerry Nicholls wonders, is this part of the Liberals plan as well. May is, after all, a defacto Liberal candidate.

Updateier: Steve Janke has a post on this. As you can see in the comments, Richard passes on his gas expenses to customers. I pass it on to retailers in the form of non-buying. Janke makes much the same point.

Carbon Tax, Elizabeth May, Going... Going... Gone Nuts For The Environment, Kyoto, pimply minions of bureaucracy

Young Liberals acting like Old Liberals

June 4th, 2007

The Young Liberals have put out a couple of ads, “I’m a Liberal,” in which a cute young girl proclaims “Hi, I’m a Liberal,” and a fattish, geeky looking guy says “and I’m a PC.” Funny how PC looks like Stephan Dion, but the real problem with these ads are, they are direct, unashamed rip-offs of the Apple Mac/PC guy ads.

Of course, their designed to be obviously a take off on those ads, But it is just an unoriginal bit of copying.

Liberals. The old ones steal our money, the young ones steal ideas.

The ads can be found here.

Silly Liberals, whack-a-mole politics, YouTube

Saturday Fluffernutter: Nicole, Lindsay and Britney acting bad; A-Rod acting bad; The Police sounding good.

June 2nd, 2007

All the Fluffy news about the worlds biggest nuts.

Nicole Richie celebrated Memorial Day with a party, the invitation to which read:

My fellow Americans its that time of year

To celebrate our country by drinking massive amounts of beer

Let’s stand together as one, live the American dream

Take shots, pass out, & wake up with our pants ripped open at the seems

Let’s glorify this day in your sluttiest tops and your tightest pair of tsubi jeans

Even though we have no f***** clue what Memorial Day really means!! Mashas House Sunday May 28th, at 2pm XXXXX Crest Court Beverly Hills, Ca 90210 There will be a scale at the front door. No girls over 100 pounds allowed in. Start starving yourself now. See you all then!!! PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP AS THIS IS A LARGE PARTY AND WE NEED TO KEEP TRACK OF WHO’S COMING. Thanks

Slutty Clothes on women that are too skinny – nice. Good thing they have brains.

Lindsay Lohan got herself an impaired driving charge, anda substance said to be cocaine was found in her car. One presumes she will get the Parisian treatment, and be banished to some jail time. Or is there a different standard for celebrities that have earned their fame, and actually have an identifiable talent?

Since the accident, Lohan has checked into rehab – again – and friends(?) have suggested she’s suicidal.

Not to be outdone, Britney Spears spent Memorial Day eve, drinking her skanky ass off. She was spotted puking in the men’s bathroom of the exclusive Sky Bar in Los Angeles. Whether the puking was before, or after, her supposed bathroom tryst with Ryan Phillippe is unknown.

While Britney pukes, A-Rod paints Toronto red. The married Yankee star, who’s team is in last place of the American League East, was spotted hitting a strip club with a buxom blond. He later stayed at a different hotel as his team, but not, it is assumed, as the blond.

The Police began their long anticipated reunion tour in Vancouver this week. Reviews have been, frankly, luke-warm, but it’s hard to imagine how a concert that begins with Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland playing Message in a Bottle could be bad. In fact, I have heard a bootleg of the concert, and it sounded pretty good.

As an aside to Police fans, if you haven’t already, read Andy Summers Autobiography One Train Later. It’s one of the best Autobiography’s I have ever read.

Charles Nelson Reilly, the Match Game’s answer to Hollywood Squares Paul Lynde, has died at the age of 76. Reilly, like Lynde and The Gong Show’s Jaye P. Morgan, became more famous for his role on the game show than for his work that got him a job as a ‘celebrity’ on that game show. In Reilly’s case, he was a Broadway actor, acting teacher and director of note prior to his job on The Match Game.

Celebrities, Fluffernutter, Paris, Rockin' and Rollin' and Never Forgettin', Toronto

Caifornia Leading the Enviro-Whacko Pack

June 1st, 2007
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Now that Governor Schwarzenegger has left the country, spreading easy-going, shucks it’s going to be easy environmentalism, it’s a good time to see what is meant by environmentalism in California. Seeing as BC just signed the Pacific Coast Collaborative to Protect Our Shared Climate and Oceans, it’s worth pondering what that means, and Ontario just signed an emissions deal, and everybody is following the California light bulb ban idea, what else does California have planned for us?

Throwing a few logs on the fire on a nippy evening, or boosting a home’s market appeal by advertising its wood-burning fireplace, could go the way of the coal chute and the ice box for many Southern Californians if newly proposed air quality regulations are adopted.

As part of air pollution plans designed to meet federal deadlines, South Coast Air Quality Management District officials have proposed a ban on wood-burning fireplaces in all new homes in Los Angeles, Orange and portions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

In addition, on winter days when pollution spikes, wood-fueled blazes in all fireplaces would be banned in highly affected areas. That could amount to about 20 days a year, district officials said.

Of course, a California winter and a Canadian winter are two different things, but can this idea be far behind? Yes folks, politicians and activists have your fire-places in their sights. Yet reducing our home energy usage is also in the plan, with natural gas prices expected to double, and dirtier energy more so.

Are you really prepared to turn down the thermostat, without the aid of a fireplace or stove, in the middle of February? Will Canadian politicians really try this one? Why not, they have told us we need to buy light bulbs that cost about 4 times more, that require recycling, and that , frankly, work lousy, yet no one raised a peep. Most people shrugged and said “makes sense to me.” Why wouldn’t they try fireplaces? And if you think because you already have a fireplace, your safe, think again:

Another measure that would require closing off wood fireplaces or installing $3,600 pollution control devices before a home could be sold had been dropped as of late Thursday, an AQMD spokesman said.

Yea – for now.

freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy, Going... Going... Gone Nuts For The Environment, Kyoto, pimply minions of bureaucracy, property rights

It was 20 years ago today…

June 1st, 2007
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It was 70 years ago today… Morgan Freeman was born unto the world. While it’s tempting to pass up the Driving Miss Daisy stars birthday, At Home in Hespeler honours Morgan Freeman for his role as Red in The Shawshank Redemption.

It was 60 years ago todayRolling Stone guitarist Ron Wood was born. While “member, Rolling Stones,” is usually resume enough to get a birthday mention here, the truth is Ron Wood has been 2nd guitar overseeing the creative decline of the Stones. They have never been anywhere near as good with him as they were before him. That is not his fault, but true none the less.

However, The Faces where a truly great band, possibly the most underrated band of the rock era. While singer Rod Stewart has redefined “poser” innumerable times, for five years The Faces produced some incredible music; music good enough to get Ron Wood a birthday nod, independent of his later work.

It was 40 years ago todayThat The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Like it or not, so many musicians have cited Sgt. Pepper’s as an album that influenced them or that they loved. So much so that a very reasonable argument could be made that it is the most influential album in rock.

More than anything, its a door between what the Beatles were ( a pop! group) and what they would become (Musicians in the sphere of rock). It is also the hallmark musical moment of the summer of love, which must also have been 40 years ago.

And finally… if it was 40 years ago today that John Lennon sang “It was 20 years ago today, Sgt. Peper taught the band to play,” does that mean Ron Wood is Sgt. Pepper?

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