Archive for May, 2008

Dear Susan: We Don’t Want You

May 30th, 2008

via NY POST:

SUSAN SARANDON, who appeared in three films last year and won kudos for her TV movie “Bernard and Doris,” is still not a contented soul. She says if John McCain gets elected, she will move to Italy or Canada. She adds, “It’s a critical time, but I have faith in the American people.”

Ms. Sarandon. Loved you in Bull Durham. Really, it’s a great movie and you were pretty good back then. However, we really have enough leftist blow hards here, so if you are, unlike Alec Baldwin, serious, please choose Italy.


Rondi on Bernie

May 27th, 2008
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I have become a fan of Rondi Adamson the last year. Unfortunately, she is usually turning up at The Star or The Globe and Mail, the two dailies I don’t regularly read. Today however, she turned up at The Sun, which I managed to catch without having to resort to those internets.

A different slant on the various Maxime Bernier “scandals,” noting that what his “spouse” was wearing at his swearing in is minor compared to the fact he is allowed to declare her a “spouse for travelling purposes,” and fly her around at taxpayer expense, after dating her only a few months:

For Bernier to designate Couillard — a woman he had apparently only dated briefly — a “spouse” is setting the limbo bar so low for what constitutes a “spouse” that a wee beastie could dance its little way under it. It is also inconsistent with the outrage at Couillard’s decolletage last summer. Why the priggishness there, but not in her “spouse” status? Surely social conservatives should be offended.

Fiscal conservatives should be troubled, as well…

Prior to running for election in Beauce, Bernier had served as vice-president of Quebec’s leading free market think-tank, the Montreal Economic Institute. In his previous incarnation, he would have been unimpressed with someone’s girlfriend — flat or big-chested — tagging along on the company dime.

I submit that this piece was probably written before Bernier’s resignation (although not before the news of the envelope-gate). However, I would suggest that Adamson makes a good case for his resignation even before the top secret envelope under the pillow routine, and would guess that PM Harper had pencilled Bernier for a shuffle during the summer when nobody was paying attention.

envelope-gate, pimply minions of bureaucracy, Silly Politicians, writers

Picture of the Day – Cardinal Bowling

May 27th, 2008

Now Joe Clark Knows…

May 27th, 2008
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how I felt all those years:

Clark said that he does not have a political affinity for any of the current federal parties, noting that he was a “political orphan.”

When Joe Clark is running the Conservative party, a conservative guy like me was pretty much an orphan.

Now will the press please stop treating this guy like he has an ounce of credibility?

Jacobian Piece of Impertinence, pimply minions of bureaucracy, Silly Politicians

Damn Yankees

May 26th, 2008
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Too bad the local good guys, the Kitchener Rangers, couldn’t solve the Spokane Chiefs to win the Memorial Cup in Kitchener yesterday. But there was entertainment for everyone when the cup fell apart during the on-ice celebrations.

The look on those poor kids faces, and lets face it, they are kids. Captain Chris Bruton, who is 21, was handing it too Trevor Glass, who is 20. They look like they are thinking, “oh man, were in trouble now.”

h/t to Joanne for the video clip

Funny., Hockey

Buzz of Irony

May 26th, 2008

I have been at two events with union speakers the last month. At the first, an in plant celebration of the launch of the new Challenger, Jerry Dias, assistant to Buzz Hargrove and, I’m told, the next CAW President, spent his time at the mike taking pot shots at Jim Flaherty. This was a celebratory function. Everyone else talked about the great car, the great company, the great workers. Jerry Dias whined about someone who wasn’t there. I was standing beside a guy who was the head of one of our locals chapters (i.e. chairperson for one of the companies), and he says to me with a roll of the eyes, “classy guy.”

Ten days later I went to the “hurry up, get the vote in during a long weekend, we only have six months to get this done” ratification vote for a new contract. Local bargaining committee is not even in place yet, but we have one day to decide on the contract. So naturally you would assume it would be an informative meeting: you would assume wrong.

Instead CAW economist (and Globe and Mail columnist) Jim Stanford spends over an hour explaining why we had to sign the contract now: note the difference; not why we should like the contract, but justifying the contract they got. The reason they negotiated early, and got us the contract they did: Evil money traders, Stephen Harper, Jim Flaherty. An hour of cheap political shots, very little real information.

I mention these stories to explain to the wife why there’s cornflakes all over the kitchen. It’s Buzz Hargrove’s fault, honey. You see, after these two events, I thought cheap political points where OK, that’s what we do. Then I open todays Toronto Sun and voila:

Cheap shots at Premier McGuinty are unfair


Oh, grow up Buzz!

So when Bob Runciman and Howard Hampton stand in the legislature and question giving money to a company who is laying off a few thousand Ontarians, it’s a cheap shot, and unfair to boot (unfair, by the way, is the official whine of the CAW).

On the other hand, attending a corporate celebration, or an unrelated contract ratification meeting, political thoughts are fair game. But doing so in the legislature, not so fair. Or rather, poking Conservatives in the eye, with other peoples money, is fine. Poking Liberals is cause for another bottle to go with the glazed chicken in truffle sauce.

One thing is becoming clear, I was right three months ago, Buzz is running in the next election, and auto-workers got sold down the river to accommodate that ambition.


Update: Progressive blogger Mack the Hackistan (i.e. Kevin Wilson) has written a piece for Now Magazine Blowing off Buzz.

Auto Industry, CAW, I Love My Job, Wasted Away Again in Buzzistan

Congratulations Cambridge Penguins

May 18th, 2008
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The first team to make it to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals? The Penguins of Cambridge!

Of course, Jim Balsillie hasn’t gotten around to buying and moving the team yet. But it’s coming, it’s coming.

And to think, in a year when I never got the rink built in the backyard, I could have been hosting the Stanley Cup Finals.


Saturday Fluffernutter: The Late Yet Short Edition

May 18th, 2008
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The nutty stories from the fluffy world of celebrities.

Happy Birthday goes out this week to, in my opinion, the best Bond – Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan turned 55 on Friday, too young to be put to pasture by the heartless bureaucrats at MI5 (but way old for action movies).

This weeks Led Zeppelin rumour, courtesy of the fine folks at Ramble On, is a beauty:

Led Zeppelin to play Toronto in August?

Now that David Coverdale has denied ever claiming Zeppelin will tour this fall and Whitesnake will be there, comes a report of four shows scheduled for Toronto in August.

I have read another report that suggested four shows between Aug 20 and 27th, two at the Skydome/Rogers Centre and two the the Air Canada Centre.

Finally, farewell to original Rush drummer John Rutsey.

Rutsey, who left the band soon after the release of their first album in 1974 due to difficulty he had touring. Rutsey had severe diabetes. It would be the diabetes that eventually felled him, and he passed this week at age 55. Other original members, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee had the following to say at the news:

Our memories of the early years of Rush when John was in the band are very fond to us. Those years spent in our teens dreaming of one day doing what we continue to do decades later are special. Although our paths diverged many years ago, we smile today, thinking back on those exciting times and remembering John’s wonderful sense of humour and impeccable timing. He will be deeply missed by all he touched

Deepest condolences to family and friends of John Rutsey.


Ladies and Gentlemen…

May 12th, 2008
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The Kitchener Rangers, 2008 Ontario Hockey League Champions.

Peter DeBoer’s Kitchener Rangers beat the Belleville Bulls 4-1 tonight in game seven of the seven game series. Kitchener had gone up 3-0 in the series, but allowed Belleville back into the series, losing the next three games.

In game seven, Kitchener scored late in the first period and again early in the second to take a 2-0 lead that they would never relinquish.

Congratulations Rangers!


It’s Limerick Day…

May 12th, 2008
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There was a blogger of Hespeler.
Said his wife to him “monsieur.
There’s too much blogging.
I’ll give you a flogging.”
So he logged off and he let her.

fun, Limericks