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Happy Birthday…

August 17th, 2008
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It’s one of those days when there are more than one birthday of note, and I have to chose who to honour.

First up is Robert De Niro. De Niro, who is responsible for the greatest acting performance of all time in The Godfather Part II, turns 65 today. That alone should qualify him for At Home in Hespeler birthday wishes, but add in Taxi Driver; New York, New York; Deer Hunter; Raging Bull; Good Fellas and the immortal “Harry Tuttle’ In Brazil, and you’ve got yourself a tidy little career.

Then there’s The Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle, who turns 50. Back in 1982 or so she sexily fronted a band that kept some 19 year old guys of my acquaintance highly entertained. That Go-Go music didn’t really make us dance, but we sure loved Belinda, and for that alone it should be happy 50th birthday Belinda Carlisle.

Finally Kevin Rowland turns 55 today. Rowland was the lead singer of the band Dexy’s Midnight Runner’s and in that role wrote one of the great songs in pop history, Come On Eileen. While De Niro has had, and continues to have an impressive career, and Belinda Carlisle gets hotty points, it is to one hit wonder Kevin Rowland who I wish a full and happy 55th birthday today. If only I could dance like that…

Birthday Wishes

The Best of This Week on my i-pod: To Dance

August 17th, 2008
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This one comes from my fifteenth anniversary. A little different in that it didn’t involve quiet listening of MP3’s, this is more what I hope the new feature will be like. Current addendums to the list would include Bon Jovi’s Seat Next To Me, Kid Rock’s Blue Jeans and a Rosary, Bob Seger and Martina McBride’s Chances Are (from the movie Hope Floats) and for fun, Delbert McClinton’s One of the Fortunate Few:

Sunday, April 30, 2006
This Week on my i-pod #8 – To Dance

This week I am doing this a little different as it is my 15th anniversary. I have tried to express in this feature how music is an important, vital part if my life. This holds true in my marriage as well. My wife is a great music lover and has said my passion for it is one of the things that attracted her to me in the first place. A couple of years ago on her birthday, my wife’s one request was a dance on the patio: it’s romantic or something. So this year for our anniversary, I offer the following dance on our virtual patio.

Any talk of anniversary music must begin with our first dance. We struggled to come up with the perfect song, and were having no luck. Then we saw an episode of the Wonder Years, where Kevin and Winnie have there first kiss, and they played an Elton John song called Seasons, from his album the soundtrack from the movie Friends:

For our world, the circle turns again
Throughout the year we’ve seen the seasons change
It’s meant a lot to me to start anew
Oh the winter’s cold but I’m so warm with you

Out there there’s not a sound to be heard
And the seasons seem to sleep upon their words
As the waters freeze up with the summer’s end

Oh it’s funny how young lovers start as friends
Yes it’s funny how young lovers start as friends

It was perfect and we went to some trouble to make it work perfectly, editing the orchestral section for brevity, even finding the song took some work. Nobody cared, nobody listened but it was without question a special song to us. We still have the cassette with the edited version on it, and have played it for our kids, to great yawning indifference.

But through the years other songs have taken prominence, probably too many to mention here. But the last few years when she has a yearning for some romance and asks me to dance on the deck, always the music is my part of the responsibility. What the neighbor’s think when they look outside their kitchen window and see us fools dancing I have never heard, nor do I really care. But for our anniversary, if she wants a dance, this is my choice of music:

Shania Twain – You’re Still The One. Not the old Orleans song, but the far more modern Shania song. I’m not a big country fan, and neither is she, but Shania Twain isn’t bad. Our daughter is a fan so we have her Greatest Hits around, and I always think of my wife when I hear this song:

Looks like we made it
look how far we’ve come my baby.
We might have took the long way,
We knew we’d get there some day
They said, I bet, they’ll never make it
But just look at us holding on
We’re still together still going strong.

Still the One
Still the one I run too
The one that I belong too
Still the one I want for Life
Still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
Still the one I kiss goodnight

Ain’t nothin’ better
we beat the odds together
I’m glad we didn’t listen
look at what we’d be missin’

Can you beat those lyrics to sing to your lady or man? Especially when they are true. And for my wife let me say, you are Still the one.

Next up is some Dave Matthews Band from his latest album Stand Up. There’s a few lines on the song Dream Girl that are so appropriate:

You’re my best friend
And after a good, good drunk
You and me wake up and make love after a deep sleep
Where I was Dreamin’, I was Dreamin’ of a
Dreamgirl, Dreamgirl, Dreamgirl, Dreamgirl

I was feelin’ like a creep
As I watched you asleep
Face down in the grass,
in the park, in the middle
of a hot afternoon
Your top was untied
And I thought how nice
It’d be to follow the sweat down your spine

But that’s not the song of choice here. For this dance, I choose Steady as We Go.

I’ll walk halfway around the world
Just to sit down by your side
And I would do most anything, girl
To be the apple of your eye
Well troubles, they may come and go
But good times, they’re the gold
And if the road gets rocky, girl
Just steady as we go

Any place you wanna go
Know I’ll be next to you
If it’s treasure, baby, you’re looking for
I’ll search the whole world through
I know troubles, they may come and go
But good times, they’re the gold
So if the road gets rocky, girl
Just steady as we go

So if your heart wrings dry, my love
I will fill your cup
And if your load gets heavy, girl
I will lift you up
Well troubles, they may come and go
But good times be the gold
So if the road gets rocky, girl
Just steady as we go

The sentiment is syrupy, but true. After all, how do you survive 15 years of marriage? Steady As We Go.

When the storm comes down you shelter me
When I don’t say a word and you know exactly what i mean
In the darkest times, oh, you shine on me
You set me free and keep me steady as we go

It’s simple sentiment, but honest. If not Steady As We Go, I would replace it with John Hiatt’s Have A Little Faith in Me, the Delbert McCLinton version:

When the road gets dark
And you can no longer see
Just let my love throw a spark
And have a little faith in me

And when the tears you cry
Are all you can believe
Just give these loving arms a try
And have a little faith in me
And

And when your back’s against the wall
Just turn around and you will see
I will catch, I will catch your fall baby
Just have a little faith in me

That’s what we have done all these years, have faith in each other and it has never let us down. This one would usually be higher on this list, except it’s old to us, so down she goes.

Finally, I offer The Temptations Sugar Pie Honey Bunch because it’s an anniversary, not a funeral, and what’s wrong with having a little fun on our anniversary?

Oooooooooooooooh!
Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
You know that I love you
I can’t help myself
I love you and nobody else…

‘Cause, Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
I’m weaker than a man should be
I can’t help myself
I’m a fool in love ‘ya see

Besides, she married me, and fell in love with me, when there was more playful child than man ready to take on the challenges of family life about me. Doesn’t she deserve that guy once in a while?

So there it is. If my neighbours read this wonder no more, we are dancing. And sometime this week, next week or next month we will no doubt be doing so again. I’m sure you’ll find the soundtrack familiar.

This Week on my I-Pod

Koo-koo-ka-choo Joe Dimaggio

August 16th, 2008
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Welcome Back…

the cold war: SPECTRE, Captain Ramus, cheesy fake Russian accents, Boris Spassky, B.B. Gabor, Lada’s, defectors, holding me closer Tiny Dancer (for that matter, here at Home in Hespeler we just miss Bailey Quarters), Paul Henderson, MAD, Kennedy’s who fought communism.

Personally, I’ve missed you.

Godless Communists

Saturday Fluffernutter: Kiddie Diddler Gary Glitter; you say protester, I say…; Isaac Hayes 1942 – 2008 RIP.

August 16th, 2008
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Saturday Fluffernutter – all the fluffy news about those nutty celebrities.

People this week were picketing the L.A. Premiere of Tropic Thunder. Apparently actor Robert Downey Jr. used the word retard, a new no-no in the politically correct world: they are to be called protesters.

Kiddie Diddler Gary Glitter will be released from a Viet Nam prison next Tuesday after serving 2 years and five months of a three month sentence for abusing children. He will then be deported to Britain, where he will be met by police, interviewed and required to sign the sex offender registry.

Glitter has said that returning to Britain is a matter of priority for medical and dental treatment, hopefully because somebody has kicked his teeth in.

The latest Led Zeppelin news, courtesy of Ramble On: Guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Leona Lewis will be part of the “handing over” as part of the closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics on August 24th. Finally a reason, any reason, to watch the Olympics.

Isaac Hayes, performer of “Theme from Shaft,” writer of “Soul Man,” and voice of Chef, died last Sunday at his Memphis Home. Hayes was part of the legendary “Stax records writing and production team, along with David Porter and Booker T and the MGs, was responsible for much of Stax legendary output through the early 1960’s.

Hayes was reportedly found beside his still running treadmill, yet another celebrity to die while exercising.

Fluffernutter, RIP, The Mighty Zep

BBS Blogging Tories Site of the Week

August 13th, 2008

The Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tory Site of the Week for the week of August 3rd is:


Controversial, sometimes funny and always fighting the fight. Some people might not consider the tent big enough for Gerry, I think that’s a mistake. You might not always agree with him, but his principled brand of conservatism is essential to the debate.

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The Best of This Week on my i-pod: Don Henley and the Summer of 1985

August 10th, 2008
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For much of 2006 I wrote a Sunday item called “This Week On My i-pod.” Here’s how I described it on the first one, back in Feb 2006:

Starting today, I ‘m going to do a new feature “this week on my i-pod.” I listen to an mp3 player all week. Over time a variety of stuff gets listened to and, as my job is dead boring, the mind wanders. Often what I listen to provokes a thought, a connection maybe even an idea. Sometimes I just end up analyzing some piece of music that I have fallen in love with, or fallen in love with all over again. In this place every Sunday morning, I will ruminate on the music and the thoughts created through the music. So grab a coffee, and spend a few minutes this Sunday morning remembering along with me:

Beginning in September I am going to replace this week on my i-pod with similar feature, but with a broader musical scope: I listen to music in the car and at home without an i-pod. In fact all but 2 of the this week on my i-pod’s I didn’t actually own an i-pod, but an RCA 40gig Lyra. Nice MP3 player, but not an i-pod. As well, I have hooked up a turntable to my basement surround sound system, so record listening just got easier. So I will expand the feature to include other forms of listening, give it a new name, a new look and, hopefully, an old feel. Meanwhile, for the next three weeks, I will offer my favourite three from this week on my i-pod:

Sunday, March 26, 2006
This week on my i-pod #6 – Henley and the Summer of 85

Music is at it’s best when it moves you beyond all rational reason. For me music can create an emotional connection that visual art or movies simply can’t. It can be for different reasons: sometimes it’s a memory that it returns me too. Sometimes it just stirs an emotion in me that is unexpected.

This week, I turned on Don Henley’s greatest hits and was immediately, wonderfully transported to the summer of 1985. A lot happened that summer, two that matter here. I had broke up with the ‘love of my life’ that spring, and I went to a Don Henley concert. The break up is relevant because the Boys of Summer always, always reminded me of her. To this day it is like Don Henley is describing her in that song:

But I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
You got your hair combed back and your
Sunglasses on, baby…

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
I see you walkin’ real slow and you’re smilin’ at everyone…

I can see you-
Your brown skin shinin’ in the sun
You got that top pulled down and that radio on baby…

I can see you-
Your brown skin shining in the sun
You got that hair slicked back and
Those wayfarers on, baby…

That’s her all right, the slicked back her, brown skin on the beach. I can sense her still in that song, all these years later. And his Henley’s response to her is so visceral, so copmpletely on the mark to what I was feeling then:

And I can tell you my love for you
Will still be strong after the boys of
Summer have gone…

I never will forget those nights
I wonder if it was a dream
Remember how you made me crazy?
Remember how I made you scream?
Now I don’t understand what’s happened
To our love,
But babe, I’m gonna get you back
I’m gonna show you what I’m made of…

Out on the road today I saw a deadhead sticker
On a Cadillac
A little voice inside my head said, don’t
Look back. you can never look back.
I thought I knew what love was,
What did I know?
Those days are gone forever
I should just let them go but-

That was it exactly. I was going to wait her out and I was going to show her. Here it is, more than 20 years on I think of her rarely, unless Boys of Summer comes on, then she gets some memory time. All the girls I knew, all the times I was heartbroken, there is not one song that brings back a person and time like Boys of Summer does for me.

Then there was the concert. I dated a girl that summer whose name, sadly, escapes me. She was one of the nicest women I ever dated, and she was in the process of mending her own broken heart. We were dating really casually, more like friends than lovers, and it was her birthday. Nothing was planned because, well that’s not the kind of relationship we had going. But I heard an ad for Don Henley at Kingswood (Wonderland), part of the $5.00 concert series, and called to see if she wanted to go. So off we went, caught a couple of rides, then to a show neither of us had any expectations for.

I don’t know why I didn’t know what to expect, I had been a big fan of Henley’s first solo album, I Can’t Stand Still, when it first came out, had been an Eagles fan all thorough high school, Sunset Grill and All She Wants to Do is Dance had been hits off the Building the Perfect Beast Album, and Boys of Summer was on the charts at the time. But for some reason I had tuned out Henley that summer, and had forgotten I was ever a fan.

Then a funny thing happened, the rains came. It poured an hour before the show, and we had lawn seats. Huddled under a one of those cheap plastic dollar rain ponchos, unable to sit because our seat for the night was now mud, we met our neighbours up on the hill. The next thing you know, we are having a good time with a good group of people, who haven’t much to do except a) complain about the weather/mud seats or b) enjoy themselves. We enjoyed. Dancing to the pre-show music, sharing laughs and (if I remember right) somebody’s smuggled bottle.

Katrina and The Waves were the opening act – Walking On Sunshine was a hit that summer as well – and they were OK. I expected bland pop, but they were better than that. It was a good omen, but who knew. Then Henley came on. What I remember so distinctly was he opened with the song Building The Perfect Beast. It has an 80’s electronic feel, and he came out robot dancing, everybody choreographed like they were Devo. We are wet, standing on the hill looking at each other and thinking, how many songs do we give this? I’m planning on getting some rides in within 20 minutes, and my date is thinking the same thing. Then Building The Perfect Beast ended, and Henley says “Now that we got the crap out of the way…”

From there on it was one of the best shows I have ever attended. He played nothing but great songs, all the solo hits plus some Eagles material. The only choreography was at the very end, when he tangoed with one of the singers while the band played the solo section from Hotel California. He played a song I was unfamiliar with, A Month of Sundays and we all stood on the grass weaving back and forth, like they do on TV concerts. It was a perfect night, a great concert, made all that much better because it was unexpected.

So now when I listen to Don Henley, I always manage to remember that night – and Boys of Summer takes me even further into the summer of 85.

This Week on my I-Pod

Saturday Fluffernutter: Driving Miss Daisy… Off the Road; Heath Ledger; If the House is Reelin’ and Rockin’, Don’t Bother Knockin’

August 9th, 2008
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Saturday Fluffernutter – all the fluffy news about those nutty celebrities.

This page offers best wishes to Morgan Freeman who is convalescing in a Memphis hospital after a car accident Sunday night. The eminently wealthy, yet classy, superstar was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima just before midnight Sunday when the car lest the road and rolled. It is thought Freeman fell asleep while driving.

Speaking of classy superstars, Mary Kate Olsen was refusing to talk to DEA investigators who were investigating the death of Heath Ledger at Olsen’s Manhattan apartment. Olsen wanted a promise of immunity before talking to investigators about some of the drugs found in Ledger’s system.

One question: What do you suppose the chances are that anyone writing or reading this blog would be able to demand immunity before talking to the DEA?

While on the subject of Heath Ledger, I have seen The Dark Knight and the reviews are right, Ledger is great in it. What the reviews don’t tell you is it’s an awful movie. There is three or four exceptional performances, the aforementioned Ledger and Morgan Freeman among them, and they are wasted on one of the worst movies ever written.

A house owned by Chuck Berry from 1950 to 1958 is being considered for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Berry reportedly wrote and recorded many of his classic songs including “Maybelline,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and “Roll Over Beethoven” in the house in St. Louis’ Ville neighbourhood.

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The Battle of Amiens

August 8th, 2008

August to November 11, 1918 is known as “The Hundred Days”. The last days of World War I. But to many it is known as “Canada’s Hundred Days” for during this time the Canadian Corps was the vanguard of the march to Mons and the end of the war.

It was slated to start Aug. 8 with an attack on an important position near Amiens. But, before that, a deception was played out. After the successes by the Canadian troops at Vimy and Passchendale the Germans had come to regard any movement by the Canadians as a sign of an imminent attack. Therefore, the head of the Canadian Corps, General Sir Arthur Currie, sent part of the corps north to Ypres. After making their presence known there they hurried back to Amiens. All preparations were done at night in great secrecy.

Starting the advance at 4:00 am, without the usual bombardment to soften up the enemy positions, the Germans were taken by surprise. Flanked on the right by the French and the Australians on the left, the Canadians followed the British tanks. By the third day the Canadians had advanced 12 miles. In a war where lines remained static for weeks on end this was a huge advance. It came at a cost though. The corps suffered 9074 casualties in those three days. But the morale of the German High Command was badly shaken. General Ludendorff said that Aug. 8 was the “black day of the German Army.” And it wasn’t to be the last one. Continuing with a series of innovative and daring attacks the Canadian Corps spearheaded a breakthrough of the mighty Hindenburg Line – Germany’s main line of defence and on to Mons by the time of the Armistice.

Why do I have an interest in this particular battle? Part of the 3rd Division of the Canadian Corps was the 1 Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, and a soldier in that battalion was Private Ernest Boicey, who just happens to be my grandfather. He and his brother Wilfred had enlisted together in 1916 and were soon sent to France to join the fighting, though with different units.

It was on that first day of the battle during the crossing of the Luce River that the battalion came under enemy shelling. One soldier was killed and five others were wounded, including my grandfather. He was shipped back down the line and due to his injuries, and the after effects of a previous gas attack, he did not return to the fighting. He was eventually sent home, married and raised a family (including two sons who served in WWII and beyond), and worked in the civil service. He passed away in 1960, still feeling the effects of that late night gas attack.

Almost all of the veterans of the Great War have gone now. But that does not give us license to forget their sacrifices and I hope this little article gives someone the incentive to learn more about our brave countrymen.

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Is Deterred Speech Free?

August 7th, 2008
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Ezra Levant is all over the pages of the National Post today, as the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission rejected the Danish cartoon complaint against the Western Standard magazine. To Levant this was a freedom of speech issue, and rejected claim or no, he believes freedom of speech lost:

This censor approved what I wrote. His decision is not that I have freedom of speech. His decision is that I have his approval. I’m not interested in his approval. The only test of free speech is if I can write what he disapproves of with impunity. That’s what freedom of speech is, to piss off some second-rate bureaucrat like Pardeep Gundara and know that you have the right to do so, because you’re in Canada, not Saudi Arabia.

I’m frankly usually unimpressed with many people who think their free speech has been trampled on : The Internet is full of grieved morons who believe someone asking them to watch their language in a public chat room is speech oppression; or Australians who know their firsts amendment rights and how they apply to the internet. No, just because Ezra says his speech was limited does not mean it was.

However, the complainants representative, a director with the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities, Yasmeen Nizam, appears to support Levant’s argument:

Obviously we didn’t want this to continue, so [another goal was] perhaps to discourage people from further maligning our prophet and our religion…. We wanted this to have a deterrent effect.

Discourage people from maligning their prophet and religion and have a deterrent effect. And how might they do that:

I never wanted someone’s freedom of speech curtailed. I always wanted to sit down, with some third party, for mediation, and have a discussion

The question is, if a you can get a government agency to sit down and “mediate” a “discussion” about somebody maligning your prophet and religion to create a deterrent effect, how are you not curtailing that person’s freedom of speech? The answer is, as Levant argues here, that’s exactly what you are doing. And he is right.

free speech, freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy, Go Ezra Go

BBS Blogging Tories Site of the Week

August 6th, 2008
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The Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tory Site of the Week for the week of August 3rd is:

Conservative Queen

The Conservative Queen caught my eye this week with her posts on Election Financing. Her sharp eye also caught the fact that the Liberal Party website is still soliciting donations for Carolyn Bennett’s Leadership Campaign, even though she has already paid off her debts. (Maybe they’re helping her get a head start on the upcoming Liberal Leadership race!)

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Warn the Archduke

August 5th, 2008
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If it’s “1914… all over again,” someone should warn the archduke!

About 376 would-be immigrants — mostly Sikh passengers –on a Japanese ship were denied entry into Vancouver in the spring of 1914.

The Komagata Maru was stuck in the city’s harbour for two months before Canadian immigration officials forced the vessel to return to South Asia.

Once the vessel arrived back in India, the British Army shot 26 of the passengers to death, fearing they were sympathetic to the country’s independence movement….

“Jason Kenney personally declared on behalf of the Canadian government that they were going to address this in Parliament,” he said.

“Now the community feels like it’s 1914 on the boat all over again.”

Yea, there’s a comparison between what happened in 1914 on the Komagata Maru and receiving an official apology at a banquet hall and not in Parliament.

Ingrates.

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Happy Birthday…

August 5th, 2008
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Loni Anderson.

I’ve stated before I normally save this space for the significant birthdays. However, there are always exceptions. I picked up season 1 of WKRP in Cincinnati while shopping in Buffalo last month, so I have been watching a lot of Ms. Anderson the past few weeks. Furthermore, I ended my July blogcation with a Newsweek cover featuring a young Jan Smithers, Anderson’s WKRP co-star.

For those reasons, happy 62nd birthday Loni Anderson.

Birthday Wishes

Picture of the Day: Have You Seen My Mother?

August 5th, 2008
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What’s Going On at the Toronto Sun?

August 4th, 2008

Yesterday I ran a post titled Welcome Back Paul, today I could call this post Go Away Paul. In today’s case I’m referring to the Toronto Sun’s Paul Berton. Berton, a Star wannabe, today has the lead editorial and does a counterpoint arguing why Stéphane Dion will be the next PM.

First the editorial. It’s the usual complaint against negative campaigning. However, it’s focused on John McCain’s negative ad comparing Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Barack Obama. No mention of Obama supporter, and possible VP candidate, general Wesley Clarke questioning what part of John McCain’s military experience actually qualified him to be President. To these left wingers, negative campaigning always runs right to left.

The point/counterpoint, will Dion be Canada’s next PM? (read, will he win the next election), is another example. Rob Granatstein says no, Dion will not be the next PM. To his column I will return. But Berton argues that he will be the next PM because the next election will be about the candidates:

…his record, his team, his platform and on our confidence in his party to get the job – the right job – done.

And what is the right job? Here’s a hint:

Dion is hoping Canadians will judge him… on his strength of character and the policies of his party, particularly his Green Shift program…

Berton has been in full chicken little mode over global warming for a while now and seems to firmly believe that paying more taxes, killing off more manufacturing jobs &tc. is the answer to saving the world. Hence Dion has the best policy and will win the election.

As for Granatstein’s argument that Dion will not win, it’s not because of policy, or because PM Harper is doing a good job, it’s because Dion is “largely incomprehensible” in English. However, he notes:

I can’t see myself voting for any of the other leaders, either.

Oh, good. A supposedly conservative paper has a debate about who will be the next PM and can’t find someone who would vote Conservative to make an argument.

All this from the paper who regularly brings Michael Den Tandt’s columns about how wonderful Stéphane Dion is doing this summer. I swear if it wasn’t for the fact I’d miss Gerry Nicholls occasional column, I would give up on the Sun.

Oh and memo to the Sun’s editors: it’s Stéphane with an accent on the first é, not the accent-less Stephane . If your going to pronounce him PM these details matter

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Welcome Back, Paul

August 3rd, 2008

Paul over at Blue Blogging Soapbox, an old friend of At Home in Hespeler, has returned to the Blogging Tories after a year-and-a-half absence. As such, he is returning to an old habit, the Blogging Tory Site of the Week.

Last January when he left the Blogging Tories Paul asked me to take over the Site of the Week. I did and ran it until October. It faded from sight as other blogging activities here faded. I was actually pondering whether to restart it in September, along with some other old standards. Now that Paul has returned, I will instead go to an old habit of parroting his choice sometime through the week.

For the record, here is the choices I made when I was picking Blogging Tories Site of the Week:

October 21: Freedom is My Nationality
October 14: Liberty is Good
October 7: Crux-of-the-Matter

September 16: Joanne’s Journey
September 9: Making Sense With Nicholls

May 13: The SFrank85 Report
May 6: Little Old Lady Speaks Out

April 29: Exactly Right
April 15: NB Tory Lady
April 8: The Lasso of Truth

March 25: Climbing Out Of The Dark
March 11: Right In Manitoba
March 4: The Great Pumpkin

Feb 25: Le Politico
Feb 18: Hobbs is “Right”
Feb 11: Clear Conservative Thought
Feb 4: Liberty is Good

Jan 28 Truth About Marketing Choice
Jan 7: Christian Conservative

Welcome back Paul, and if I can help please feel free to let me know.

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