Archive for February, 2009

Seperatists Win…

February 14th, 2009

… now if only they would actually leave, instead of just stopping an activity. I’ve been covering this idiotic We Want to Win the Plains of Abraham this story that has been going on over a reenactment of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. Well, it seems the morons rule the day, as the Federal government takes the cowards way out:

Given the real risk of violent confrontation between federalists and sovereignists, the federal government abandoned the idea of a recovery in due form of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

Ottawa a step backwards, but do not beat a retreat: the Committee on National Battlefields still highlight the 250th anniversary of the Wolfe-Montcalm confrontation through various educational activities dedicated to the history.

And so history will be re-written and violent separatists must be obeyed. For Shame!

Uncategorized, Wolfe Kicked Montcalm's Ass

Saturday Fluffernutter: Ryan Adams Gets Engaged!; Frying on Twitter;

February 14th, 2009

Saturday Fluffernutter – all the fluffy news about those nutty celebrities.

fluffincolorFunny how different people see the same story different. People magazine is reporting: Mandy Moore Gets Engaged! Her affianced? Rocker Ryan Adams. Now if I was writing the headline, I would have wrote Ryan Adams Gets Engaged! At least I have some clue who he is.

fluffincolorFor those who twitter, this will appeal. Otherwise move along, there probably is nothing to see here. English actor and long time foil to Dr. House’s Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry is one of the most popular follows on twitter.  So much so that he has offered vague suggestions as to how “your twitter experience might be enhanced”.

You can follow Fry on twitter here.  You can follow me here.


Scott Bryson “We Heart America!”

February 13th, 2009

There’s an opinion piece in today’s Post by Liberal MP Scott Bryson in which he opines on the value of a good Canadian American relationship and how Stephen Harper has done so much damage to that relationship by… what exactly, Mr. Bryson? Getting along with the American’s?

The Canada-U. S. bond transcends economics and politics. We are friends, neighbours and family. We share common values. We believe in equality, democracy and the rule of law. We face common challenges, whether in security, the environment or economic policy.

We trade $1.5-billion worth of goods and services every day across the Canada-U. S. border, and since 1989, Canada-U. S. trade has more than tripled to over $700-billion this year.

We build things together. The average North American car crosses the Canada-U. S. border the equivalent of four times before it is completed.

Each province in Canada now trades more with the United States than with other provinces. Our economies are so intertwined that if we were ever to try to separate them, it would be like trying to unscramble an omelette…

During a time of economic crisis, protectionism can turn a downturn turn into a depression.

OK, so far, I agree with everything Scott Bryson just said, and believe me, that is not something I type every century.

There is a strong vein of protectionist sentiment in the U. S. Congress. When American congressmen move forward with protectionist measures, Canada must respond immediately through established relationships. The Conservatives were so focused over the last three years on building relationships with neo-con Republicans that they neglected to build relationships with Democrats. Now that there has been a sea change in the American political landscape, Canada is disadvantaged.

Bipartisan relations that are strong during the good times help protect our joint interests during the tough times. Fixing those relationships now, during an economic crisis, is like trying to fix the roof during a rain storm.

Hold on. They aren’t even in charge anymore and Bryson is blaming the Republicans. Where was all this from Bryson when Liberal governments were calling the President of the United States a moron? Making major foreign policy announcements regarding the Americans before telling the Americans? Blaming George Bush for global warming?

Bryson is dead on, a Canadian government needs to have a bi-partisan approach to relations with American governments. But when the Liberals had the chance, they acted like spoiled, bratty, pouty teenagers.

Stephen Harper is Barack Obama’s first foreign visit, and that visit hasn’t taken place yet. Relationships take little time to destroy, but time and effort to build. Stephen Harper knows this better than some minor Liberal thinker. The Harper Conservatives were not focused on building relationships with neo-cons these last three years, they were focused on repairing the damage done by the Liberals with the sitting President. The fact Bryson spent time bashing the Conservatives for repairing that damage proves how little the Liberals understand the damage they did.

Over the past thirty years, Conservative governments have proven they know how to get along with American administrations while the Liberals, and their public relations arm in the media have mocked, protested and chided the Conservatives for doing so.  It is Liberals who have actually had difficulty getting along.

Mr. Bryson’s comments today read like a teenager scolding his parents. His vitriolic hatred of both Stephen Harper and George Bush shows through in this piece, and renders it unfit for publication in a serious paper like the National Post. It goes without adding, Scott Bryson is equally unfit for a serious position in any government.

Politicians acting badly, Silly Liberals

Sam the Koala

February 12th, 2009
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Yesterday I posted a sweet picture of a Koala, Sam, taking a drink from a fireman. Turns out the pictures are from a video, available on YouTube. (warning: the sound does not work on my computer. I assume but do not guarantee the language is family friendly).

A second video shows Sam on the mend, along with a new friend Bob (apparently Koala’s are monosyllabic).

The Victoria RSCPA is accepting donations, if you would like to help.

Charity, YouTube

Losing the Fredom of Speech Fight

February 12th, 2009

We sit here and pontificate on the Human Rights Commissions in this country,  fighting the forces of censorship, of state controlled speech, and some days,it feels like progress is being made. Ezra Levant goes off the deep end on Michael Coren, and we cheer. Mark Steyn fights with high profile and a high margin of victory, and hooray! Baby steps forward. But it is clear, the fight against censorship is being lost,and lost badly.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is calling for Parliament to force all Canadian magazines, newspapers and “media services” Web sites to join a national press council with the power to adjudicate breaches of professional standards and complaints of discrimination.

Barbara Hall, who claimed a lack of jurisdiction in the Steyn complaint last year and then pronounced on the complaint anyway, thinks all media, including blogs, should be subject to a national press council.

The implications for this are massive, and they affect every current event blogger. Doesn’t this mean that anonymous bloggers must register their blogs? Won’t they have to unanonymousize? What about reptilian kitten eaters? Must they register? Would a press council even allow us to call Gilligan that, or would we be forced to post, on our own blogs, paid for with real after tax day job dollars, an I’ve been a very naughty boy judgements against us?

No, we may be winning the debate, but we are losing the war. When the pimply minions of bureaucracy feel quite at liberty to make such suggestion, we not only aren’t making progress, we are going backwards.

And what Gilligan Kinsella and the rest of the apologists need to realize in a hurry is, either we all have free speech, or none of us do.

free speech, freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy, human rights, Jacobian Piece of Impertinence, pimply minions of bureaucracy

Watering the Koala

February 11th, 2009

h/t to Rondi for finding this great picture from the Australian Wildfires.

APTOPIX Australia Wildfires

As she notes, the trusting gesture of the Koala holding firefighter David Tree’s hand is sweet, although other reports say the Koala is injured, so it may be a case of Tree holding the paw for other reasons. Nonetheless, a great picture from AP/Mark Pardew.


Happy 40th Birthday…

February 11th, 2009
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It has been said that there are two types of people in the world, Angelina people and Jen people. I am unquestionably a Jen person, not a disgusting skanky hoe person.

Looking better than ever at 40, over that fool Brad Pitt, reportedly set to be engaged to rocker John Mayer and with two movies rakin’ in the dough, one at the current number 1 spot and the other number one a month ago, things are looking good for Jennifer Aniston as she turns 40.

Happy Birthday to At Home in Hespeler’s favourite girl next door, Jennifer Aniston.

Birthday Wishes

Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week

February 11th, 2009
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The Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week for the week of February 8th, 2009 is:

Freedom is My Nationality

The name of this blog comes from a quote from the Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier. “Canada is free and freedom is its nationality.” This blog is meant to contribute to the philosophical and political movement towards greater personal responsibility and freedom.

Blogging Tories Site of the Week, Uncategorized

“Prominent Sovereigntists… “Have No Clue What They’re Talking About.”

February 9th, 2009

People who think this is a celebration have no clue what

Wolfe: The Hero of Quebec

Wolfe: The Hero of Quebec

they’re talking about….

Twice in three weeks with this dumb little story means these Quebecois babys de cri aren’t going to say, “hey maybe we look stupid here,” anytime soon.

So I’ll keep posting my “hero of Quebec,” picture.

Silly Politicians, Wolfe Kicked Montcalm's Ass

ShutterBugging Picture of the Day: Sharpie

February 9th, 2009

Saturday Fluffernutter: Springsteen can’t even get his regrets right; Sex in my Favourite City; Not Very Christian – Smart as a Bale of Hay.

February 7th, 2009

Saturday Fluffernutter – all the fluffy news about those nutty celebrities.

fluffincolorBruce Springsteen just released the worst CD of his career, Working on a Dream.  Along with The Seeger Sessions, Live in Dublin and, to a lesser extent his last CD Magic, Springsteen has been systematically ripping off his fans for a few years now. Regrets? Yes, he should have a few. But what does he regret. Selling a greatest hits CD at Walmart.

This is the problem with the socialist mentality that Springsteen has fallen under. Putting out crap is OK, as long as it’s not sold in Walmart.

fluffincolorOK, I’ve been hard on Springsteen the past few weeks, time to say something good. Man did he steal the show at the Superbowl! A prime example of just how good he can be. And did anyone notice, Springsteen didn’t lip-sync anything.

fluffincolorYou’ve heard it haven’t you? Christian Bale going nuts on the set of the new Terminator movie on some poor schlep doing the lights. Crass, graceless and classless – the epitome of the modern day celebrity. Anyway, here it is if you’ve missed it (warning – gratuitous use of vulgar language): Christian Bale MP3.

fluffincolorConfession time: I like Sex and the City.  Not necessarily for the characters, or their relationship. Don’t much care for the loser men these girls have a tendency to latch on to either.  But the truth is, it’s well written, much better than most things on TV or in the theatres these days. But mostly I like it because of the fifth star of the show: New York City. My favourite place in the world, I watch SITC and spend the episode missing New York, plotting ways to get back there.

Word this week that shooting will happen this summer for a summer 2010 release of a new Sex in the City movie. Now I won’t be lining up in a pair of Milano’s to watch it, but I will check it out to see how they’ve dressed up my favourite city.

fluffincolorReview in Brief – Marley and Me: If they were doing the story of my life I would really, really love to have super-sexy Jennifer Aniston play my wife (although Courteney Cox is a closer approximation), and would hate to have super-doofus Owen Wilson play me.  (I’m thinking Ron wouldn’t mind being played by Eric Dane though).


Somebody Has to Stand up for Taxpayers:

February 6th, 2009
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Australian opposition liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull gets what Stephen Harper used to get:

Somebody has to stand up for strong financial management; somebody has to stand up for taxpayers; somebody has to stand up for future generations.

Economic Fundamentalism

ShutterBugging Picture of the Day: Mona’s House

February 6th, 2009
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ShutterBugging Picture of the Day: Bridge Over River Seine

February 4th, 2009
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Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week

February 4th, 2009
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The Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week for the week of February 1st, 2009 is:

Dr. J and Mr. K. Blog – Politics and Powder

Two gentlemen who should be on your daily read list.

Blogging Tories, Blogging Tories Site of the Week