Archive for July, 2009

Ford to CAW: WE Want Pattern Bargaining

July 8th, 2009

Now that Ford has told the Canadian Autoworkers Union they want the same concessions bankrupt GM and Chrysler got, what choice does the CAW have? From day one their motto has been the same deal for all. It’s called pattern bargaining, and they insist it’s necessary for a variety of reasons, one of which is to not provide a competitive advantage to any one company.

ford-mustang-shelby-cobra-gt500kr_fs1“Wait,” I hear Ford workers saying. “Ford didn’t go bankrupt; Ford didn’t take government money; Ford is doing just fine, why should we give concessions?”

The answer: pattern bargaining. It works on the way up, and it works on the way down. Chrysler and GM weren’t good enough at doing business to survive with that contract, so why should Ford have to?

Thus, Ford Motor Company will get their wish, they will recieve the same concessions that the other companies got, and Ford’s workers will be pressured and threatened and cajoled into accepting those concessions, because that’s what’s good for Chrysler and GM employees.

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Street Racing Death?

July 7th, 2009
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In Toronto? It can’t be so!

They passed a law. Grandpa lost his car on the way to the mall.

The Star actually has a street racing map, by postal code. But here’s the catch, it’s people busted using the Dalton McGuinty/Julian Fantino variation of street racing: anybody exceeding the speed limit by 50K (or people following too close, but there’s some rather arbitrary aspect of that one so nobody talks about it).

When a rash of street racers hit the GTA a few years ago, the new law came into effect. It was bad law that was designed not to stop street racing, but to appease Fantino’s dictatorial desires. Now that the Don Valley Parkway has been closed due to real street racing, what response can we expect? More bad law? Street racing re-defined down to 30 km/hr?

Dalton McGuinty and Julian Fantino’s bad “stunt driving” law didn’t prevent last night tragedy on the DVP because it was never intended to prevent real racing.

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Led Zeppelin to Fill Michael Jackson’s Glove?

July 6th, 2009

When Michael Jackson died, he left a variety of assets, most of which will be dealt with in his will.

The 02 Marquis

The 02 Marquis

One that will not be is his 50 dates at London’s 02 arena. Promoters AEG Live have 50 dates booked at the London site that recently held Led Zeppelin’s reunion show, and nobody to fill them.

Many media sources are now reporting that Abba and Led Zeppelin have been approached to share those spots. Abba’s Benny Andersson has already denied being approached, and has also stated that if approached the Swedish quartet would decline. That leaves Led Zeppelin.

To be sure, it seems doubtful in the extreme that Robert Plant would agree to such a thing. However, no word, denial or otherwise, has emerged from the Zeppelin camp. Abba was denying this rumour three days ago. It must be a considered possibility that Led Zeppelin is considering the idea, although by considering it I really mean Jimmy Page and Jason Bonham have tied Robert Plant to a chair and are forcing him to watch Brett Michaels Rock of Love re-runs until he says yes. None the less, the silence is interesting.

Maybe for this series of shows, the Zeppeliners will play something from In Through the Out Door, which was recorded at Abba’s Polar Studios.

Crossposted via: Ramble On


Saturday Fluffernutter: Michael Jackson; Michael Jackson; Weird Al Yankovich Spoofing Michael Jackson

July 4th, 2009

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

Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson and, oh yea, Michael Jackson. When the “legit” news outlets are 24/7 on a long past his prime singer, you know what’s dominating the entertainment press. pinkfluff I don’t want to be writing about him, however, this post is called The FlufferNutter and is dedicated to all those fluffyheaded nuts in Hollywood. There can be little argument that Michael Jackson was the king of fluffyheads and nuts, so without further ado…

fluffincolorMichael Jackson had been dead about two hours, and I was watching the TV with another guy. I turned to him and said, all these people who are praising him now, are going to be denying they ever did so in two years, when all the real stories are told about him. My logic was, all the people who kept quiet, either for financial or contractual reasons or out of plain politeness, now had lost all incentive to stay quiet. The real Michael Jackson story would be told, and it would be appalling to all decent people.

The game is, not surprisingly, already afoot with a new Michael Jackson book about to be released by Ian Halperin. Halperin, most famous for his collaborative books on Kurt Cobain in which it is suggested that Courtney Love may have had Cobain murdered, has been working on his biography for a while now, and timed it’s release for July 2009 because he felt Jackson was likely to die around that time. He was, of course, uncannily accurate. Look for this to be the first of many books with the dirt on Michael Jackson.

fluffincolorThe arguments that Michael Jackson was a great talent tend to elude me. I have spent the last week dismissing them as the ravings of a lunatic society. However, the video from the Mowtown 25th Anniversary show where Jackson first performs the moonwalk during Billy Jean has made me do a rethink. This is pop music at it’s absolute finest, and it is a brilliant performer at his peak.

fluffincolorRemembering Michael Jackson naturally enough brings out some other strange memories. Parody specialist Weird Al Yankovich, the worlds greatest rock ‘n’ roll accordionist, did great parodies of the 80’s pop hits and their videos. Here, he nails Michael Jackson’s Beat it with Eat It.

If you liked that, his Madonna parody, Like A Surgeon is even better.

fluffincolorKarl Malden – 1912- 2009

In Non-MJ news,  the world lost a different type of great this week when Karl Malden died at age 97 in Los Angeles. Malden won an Oscar for his supporting role in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1951 alongside Marlon Brando. But it was his Oscar nominated role as Father Barry, again alongside Brando, in 1954’s On The Waterfront that is Maldens great work in my opinion.

Karl Malden was a fine actor and equally important he was, by all accounts, a fine person. Married for over 70 years, remarkable by any standard, astounding by Hollywoods, Malden is survived by his wife Mona (nee: Greenberg), daughters Mila and Cara, granddaughters, Alison, Emily, and Cami, and great-grandchildren, Mila, Stella, Charlie, and Thomas Karl. Condolences to all of them.

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Associated Press and Sarah Palin

July 3rd, 2009

Couldn’t help but notice how the David Letterman, Sarah Palin dispute of a few weeks ago got played to Letterman’s favour in the AP story about Palin’s resignation as Alaska governor:

She recently led a public spat with “Late Show” host David Letterman over a joke he made about one of her daughters being “knocked up” by New York Yankees baseball player Alex Rodriguez during the governor’s recent visit to New York. Palin’s 18-year-old daughter, Bristol, is an unwed, teenage mother. Letterman later apologized for the joke.

Notice the story mentions the spat, ‘led’ by Palin, was about a joke regarding her daughter and Alex Rodriguez having sex. They then discuss Palin’s 18 year old daughter, Bristol.

Bristol, however, had nothing whatsoever to do with the Letterman story, the joke was at the expense of her 14 year old daughter Willow. By placing the “unwed 18 year old mother Bristol” nonsense in the same paragraph as the story about the joke, it clearly implies, and is meant to imply, that the joke was about Bristol. It was not, and this is dishonest journalism. Fully expected from AP, but garbage that must be called none the less.

And shame on Sun media for running with this bit of AP crap. I have been titling my Sun links with “Not the Sun I used to Know and Love,” for a while now, and this is exactly why.


Update: Welcome to readers of Blue Like You, who is noticing the bias on the television coverage.

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Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week

July 1st, 2009
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The Blue Blogging Soapbox Blogging Tories Site of the Week for the week of June 28th, 2009 is:

Tim Hudak

Right for Ontario

Congratulations to Tim and his team on winning the leadership of the Progressive Consevative Party of Ontario.
861 days till the next election!