30 November 2010

Holy Abraham, Martin and Dawg!!!

Oh, c'mon, never mind the US State Department... or the supposedly world savvy McDreamy administration... who among us doesn't actually know that the Middle East... with the notable exception of Israel... is a corrupt, totalitarian sh!thole?3rd world shitbagsThe fact is, despite massive ongoing U.S. aid programmes... Egypt can't even feed its own people...

"I have many coptic Christian friends that tell me stories that will make me pi$$ my pants. People there have dreams about eating meat, they even have songs about it, lol "Anna aiz lahma, anna aiz lahma, etc."
And please don't give me that, "Lebanon is the Paris of the Middle East" nonsense.

Two words, Peace Moonbeam... Rafik... Hariri.


Remember back when you were a kid...

...you had a beef with somebody... you smashed them lifeless with your car?

-- Yeah... me neither. --

-- TORONTO -- A few hours later, the York University student was dead. He was run down early Saturday by an SUV police say was deliberately driven into him by one of a group of people he and his friends had gotten into an altercation with at the club.

Naveen Ariaratnam, 26, a former resident of St. Catharines who was convicted of fire bombing a home in that city, has already been named by police as the alleged driver.

Based on images seized from the cab the group briefly rode in, police claim detectives have identified one passenger as Kim Allen Cacao, 20, of Toronto.
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RELATED: Must be Murder Monday
A father came home to find his son shot to death in their River Street townhouse on Monday afternoon, Toronto police say.

The shooting was called in about 2:20 p.m. Monday at 124 River St., which is just south of Dundas Street and at the eastern edge of Regent Park.
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UPDATE: Shooting victim identified
Police identified Nicholas Yombo as the victim of the city’s 58th homicide of the year on Tuesday. He was 18 years old.

Yombo was known to his friends as Frenchie. But he was also known to police. His mugshot, was taken two days after his 18th birthday for theft-related charges. His lengthy rap-sheet also includes drug-related charges.
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LAST WORD: Yet another school lockdown...

...must be Tuesday...
East York Collegiate was locked down for about 90 minutes Tuesday morning because of concern about a gunman.

Officers from 54 Division were called to the high school at Coxwell and Cosburn Aves., just south of O'Connor Dr., around 10:30 a.m. to investigate a report of a person armed with a gun, police said.


29 November 2010

That evil, double-dealing Stephen Harp...

...wait a minute...

The McGuinty government’s relations with the incoming mayor of Toronto are off to a bumpy start, with Ontario’s Finance Minister calling on Rob Ford to stick to his penny-pinching ways when it comes to provincial funding.

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan suggested that Mr. Ford, who campaigned in the mayoral race on reducing “waste in the system,” should be agreeable to lowering the city’s funding request.
Except, Dwight... you dumb bunny... this is an agreement you already made with the socialist chuckleheads who ran Toronto smack into the red zone......
For his part, Mr. Ford declined to discuss the funding request made by his predecessor, saying he will address the matter next month when he meets with Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Stuart Green, spokesman for outgoing Mayor David Miller, said he fully expects the province to meet its obligation.
I dunno, Stuart... sounds like they pulled one over on you too.


Hope, change and...

...who's your Daddy now?

-- WASHINGTON -- "Clearly this is a difficult decision," Mr. Zients said, lauding federal workers as dedicated civil servants. "The president is clearly asking them to make a sacrifice."


Illustrating the Liberal "flameout"

Apparently, the higher-ups at the Globe & Mail... decided a picture of Stephen Harper being shot in the head might be a little excessive...

bias, what media biasSo they settled for immolation.
bias, what media biasFROM THE GLOBE COMMENTS:
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LAST WORD: Remember the last time...

...the Globe & Mail tried to pull this kinda shit?

"So when Hanoi Jane Taber teams up with National Liberal Fund director Adam Smith... to rage against deconstruction of the 2 billion dollar "Farmer Bob Rifle Registry"... why exactly do they lead off with a picture of a prohibited assault rifle with an illegal 30 round clip?"


The Six Million Dollar Mouse

Apparently... we have the technology...

DePinho said none of Harvard's mice developed cancer after the treatment. The team is now investigating whether it extends the lifespan of mice or enables them to live healthier lives into old age.


I don't get it

How exactly, does..."Haiti is a violent and extremely corrupt place"... even qualify as news?

Ditto, Afghanistan...

The shooting — the highest toll for NATO forces since nine Americans died in a Sept. 21 helicopter crash — was the latest in a series of shootouts in which Afghan security forces have turned on their NATO partners.

There have been a number of incidents in which Afghan police officers turned on their trainers in deadly shootouts.
Hmmm... that's some Religion of Peace.


28 November 2010

Seems folks at the national broadcaster...

...have their hands on more than our wallets...get your hand off my ass

-- OTTAWA -- Canadians paid out to settle workplace harassment lawsuits at the CBC but the state broadcaster is refusing to say how much money taxpayers spent to settle the claims.

At least 30 invoices were submitted to the CBC for harassment claims in the fiscal year that ended last March.

Details on amounts paid to each firm and whether the bill was for workplace harassment, sexual harassment or another matter have also been removed.
C'mon, now people... you really think $1.1 billion in annual taxpayer subsidies, somehow makes these folks accountable?

Give yourself a shake.

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RELATED: Just getting warmed up...
In the fiscal year ending in March 2009 — a month when 61,000 Canadians lost their jobs — the top 10 executives at CBC split a performance bonus kitty worth $888,699. The individual bonuses ranged from $4,300 at the bottom end to $165,090 at the top end, which is almost 3.5 times greater than the average Canadian salary, according to Statistics Canada.
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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"The mind boggles! It's like discovering that the CAW union pays their office staff minimum wage."


Wikileaks... the promised deluge begins

Hope, change and oops...

Pages from the German newspaper Der Spiegel were leaked early, before a mass publication of thousands of secret cables by the whistle-blowing website.

Der Spiegel also quoted the State Department as saying that President Barack Obama "prefers to look East rather than West," and "has no feelings for Europe".
Yeah... I'm shocked.

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RELATED: The game is indeed afoot
They go up to 28 February 2010, offering a potential window on Obama’s foreign policy which may well not show it in the sainted light he would prefer.

It seems to me that Assange is teasing Obama, letting him know what WikiLeaks has and making him sweat.


The Good Life

“So you’re healthy, healthy, healthy, and then at some point you kick the bucket,” Tarnopolsky says. “It’s like the Neil Young song: better to burn out than to rust.”


Coming soon to an...

...airport near you...

Prisons Minister David Hanson said: "This is a valuable tool towards identifying mobile phones.
And, I daresay, swollen prostates.


Yes, of course... I too, blame Stephen Harper

Adult club owners say Ottawa is shutting the door on foreign dancers and they could be forced to recruit students to strip from GTA colleges and universities.

If the plan is approved there could be scouts in schools by the spring, he said, adding about 20% of the city’s 5,000 dancers are students.

“Right now we are obtaining legal advice on what we can do,” Lambrinos said. “The government is creating a labour shortage and we have to hire new girls.”
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RELATED: Who's pimpin' who?

Yup... that is one of the differences between the Conservatives and the Liberals...
-- OTTAWA -- (Liberal) Immigration Minister Judy Sgro is defending the government's policy of admitting foreign exotic dancers to work in Canada, saying the strip club business is "a strong industry" with "lots of customers."


27 November 2010

"Saturday night's all right for..."

...well, you know.

-- TORONTO -- Five people were shot in three separate incidents across the GTA early Saturday morning in the latest spate of gunplay to rock local streets.

A steady hail of bullets has been heard across Toronto for the last couple weeks.

Though many shootings, like those Saturday morning, were non-fatal, over the span of a week ending Wednesday, four people were killed by gunfire: Tyrone Bracken, 16, Melvin Gomez, 24, William Nathanson, 19, and Carl Cole, 45.
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RELATED: Yes, indeed... life is full of...

..."challenges AND obstacles"...
Peel Regional Police are running into some obstacles as they investigate a double shooting in Malton early Saturday morning that sent two Toronto men to hospital.

"Investigators are having a challenge getting some information from the victims," Cst. Adam Minnion said this morning.
Yes, this is obviously a case for... Officer Twitter.


Is "Gross National Happiness" an idea...

...whose time has come?

"A study conducted by the Canadian Centre for the Study of Living Standards has concluded what many Canadians have long believed: That Toronto is the most miserable city in the country."
Hey... what's not to love?

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FROM THE COMMENTS: My best buddy Nonny...

...in his daily rant... (thank you comment moderation)... shrieks that he too can get doggie treats at his local Starbucks... and that I am "twisted and paranoid."

Well, case closed.


26 November 2010

Live and don't learn...

...that's us...

"Here I was, an educator and great promoter of his books, looking for help with the generation he claimed was most important, but because I was not spending money (other than the $45 I spent to hear him lecture), I was waved off."
Well, Jenn... don't take it too hard. It could have been worse... just ask journalist Licia Corbella.
I approached Suzuki to get a quick quote about the importance of saving this wilderness from logging.

He was curt. "Not now," he said. Silly me, but I took that to mean later. So, a little later and a lot more sheepishly, I approached the renowned environmentalist again and again he snapped, "not now."

Shortly before I was slated to get back on the helicopter and head back to civilization to file my stories, I approached Suzuki one last time. This time he was clearer.

"Fuck off," he snapped.


Hey, what the hell!!! This is Ontario...

...you can't just appoint a school principal... without carefully considering the colour of their skin...

Some questions still lingered about why a white male, George Brown Jr., was chosen as her replacement, a move parents and community members felt was 'insensitive'.

“I'm sure he’s a nice man, but the optics are bad and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time,” said Winston La Rose, executive director of the Jane and Finch Concerned Citizens Organization.
I'm with the JFCCO. I just thank the gawds his name wasn't George White, 'cos that would have been a real thumb in the eye. Obviously, if you're any sort of "concerned citizen" in the GTA... this week anyway... "optics" have to be the biggest item on the agenda.
“The fact is, is that it’s young black males who are dying,” Kemi Omololu-Olunloyo, a crime victim advocate, said Thursday.

“Until we find a way to get our youth engaged, they’re just going to keep shooting each other,” Omololu-Olunloyo said bluntly.

So far this year, there have been 28 gun murders in Toronto. Shockingly, 25 of the victims are black males. There have been 12 arrests in those cases, all black males, many just teenage boys, she pointed out.
Hey, Winston... way to keep your eye on the ball.

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UPDATE: When you wish upon a star...
-- TORONTO, Ont. -- Some local hip-hop artists have vowed to stop mentioning guns in their music to try and reverse the recent trend of young black males being shot and killed on Toronto's streets.
Alrighty... problem solved.


25 November 2010

The Venison Strikes Back

Up to Smith's, er... Smiths Falls today to look at tractors with a farmer buddy... and let me tell you, it was colder than an ex-wife's heart. Pretty country -- but the highlight of the trip had to be getting t-boned by a deer on the ride back home.

Our animal friend just appeared outta nowhere... crossing the road, we think... emerging behind an oncoming car and exploding against the driver's door.

It was dark and we were so stunned it took a minute just to realise what had happened. It must've been impressive, though... the car behind us pulled over as well, to make sure that we were okay... and provide an instant replay.

Apparently Rudolph wasn't K.I.A. -- he managed to pull himself off the road and head out for parts unknown.

Don't even want to contemplate the carnage had Rudy been another half-step to the right.

Anyway... good prep for our trip into the Devil's Armpit tomorrow. My antenna will be up and swiveling furiously.


You ever notice... a lot of the time...

...the comments at the Globe are way more informative than the articles themselves...stark reality


Remember when you were a kid...

...and cars would just roar up your street spewing the devil's hot breath?

-- Yeah... me neither. --

A man was killed in a drive-by shooting in Scarborough Wednesday night, the latest in a string of shootings that have plagued the city over the last week.

There were few details available about the city’s 56th murder of the year.

This is the eighth shooting since Nov. 16. Four of them were fatal.


24 November 2010

Yes, Michael... I bet you do

“I have people touching my private parts all day long,” Michael Ignatieff said Wednesday in the foyer of the House of Commons. --
Well... that sure explains a few things.

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FROM THE GLOBE COMMENTS:


Well... maybe some bullets just dropped...

...randomly down from the heavens...

Homicide detectives say it's too early to determine if a teen's murder is tied to his charge of trying to kill someone last year.

Billy Nathanson, 19, was shot to death in an ambush involving two male suspects outside his father-in-law's home around 9:45 p.m. Monday as he returned from work.

The victim was on $15,000 bail on charges of attempt murder, discharging a firearm with intent to endanger life, possessing a firearm without permit and using a firearm to commit attempt murder.
Geez... if only there was some giant, magical database...

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RELATED: The bodies keep piling up
Police are trying to figure who killed a Toronto man and put his body in a blue plastic barrel by the roadside in rural Milton.

Friends say the victim, Garfield Steele, was a gentle giant who was nicknamed G*KATT after the orange cartoon feline of the same name.
And...
A man wanted in the murder of a Mississauga pimp is the brother of a recent Toronto murder victim, but police said Wednesday there is no known connection between the killings.

Donald “Don Kartel” Grant, 27, was gunned down outside the Holiday Inn Express, on Ambler Dr. in Mississauga, on Nov. 7, nearly one month after his alleged killer’s little brother died in a double murder in Regent Park.


I wonder what Aqsa Parvez would say

Toronto Police has opened its doors wide to all applicants in an effort to be more representative of the communities it is serving.

In this ongoing effort, it is also seeking to enlist its first hijab-wearing officer, Superintendent Cyril Fernandes had told Focus this summer.
What exactly is the message here? More to the point... would a non-hijab wearing Muslim woman get the same consideration?
"Sorry Aisha... we're not really concerned how you feel about being a Police Officer... we just need someone who really looks the part."
I can't wait to see the musical promo for their "Officer Hip-Hop" initiative.


FROM THE COMMENTS:

What's a little radioactive peekaboo between friends, huh?ask marie curie

"Just as long as they don’t spy on Muslim Terrorists making international phone calls to the U.S."

"That would be wrong."
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RELATED: Go ahead and protest...

...they're still holding all the testicles, er... cards...
Once Harbor Police arrested Wolanyk, he was handcuffed and paraded through two separate airport terminals in his underwear to the Harbor Police office located inside a different terminal at the airport than Wolanyk had originally gone through during his TSA security process.
Yet another marvelous triumph in the "War on Terror".


Call me wacky... but I'm thinkin' I've got...

...a pretty good idea who Clifford, Willie, Paul & Russell will be voting for...libs & dippers

-- OTTAWA -- A bill to do away with the faint hope clause that allows murderers like notorious B.C. serial killer Clifford Olson to apply for parole has been sent packing from the House of Commons.

Opposition parties joined forces late Tuesday to pass a series of amendments to Bill S-6.
Seriously, Mr. Ignatieff? You're coming down on the side of convicted killers?

Convicted serial killers?!?!
The Liberals proposed the five amendments and secured the support of the Bloc Quebecois and NDP to pass four of the motions over Conservative objections.

NDP justice critic Joe Comartin said that while his party supported the bill initially, they have changed their minds and want to keep the faint hope clause.

“The system as it is now works. It’s as close to a perfect system as there is when dealing with rehabilitation,” Comartin said.
Well, it's official... Stephane Dion has been supplanted as the "Rainman" of Canadian politics.


23 November 2010

In other "healing power of the media" news

That was then...

El-Gamal allegedly cursed at Vassiliev, called him the Arabic curse word "sharmouta" and punched him in the face, breaking his nose and cheekbones.

When he was arrested, El-Gamal denied he socked Vassiliev, but conceded, "Vassiliev's face could have run into my hand."
This is now...
NBC will honor the Ground Zero Mosque developer Sharif El-Gamal as one of its People of the Year on Thanksgiving night.
It's like magic.


Another Jane Taber tongue-bath...

...must be Tuesday...

“Mr. Harper cannot keep standing by while the wealthy tax cheats and the biggest corporations ... essentially take tax dollars out of the pockets of hard-working Canadians,” the NDP Leader told reporters Tuesday. “It’s not right.”
Yoo-hoo, Janie... over here...
Last year, Chow claimed $530,000 in expenses, Layton claimed $629,000.
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FROM THE GLOBE COMMENTS:
oh, paulieUh, huh...
"I remember that steamship guy - Marvin? - Martine? - something like that."


Too many Chiefs...

...not enough sanity...

oh... my... gawd

"At least 80 aboriginal chiefs and band councillors made more money last year than Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and at least 200 were paid more than their provincial premiers, according to newly released federal figures."


Snake, huh?

Land of the Brave... Home of the Unemployed...

"It's not anything she did," said Jim King, the national executive director of Am Vets. "She got bit by the same snake that has bit a lot of people."

King would not say whether the organization had had other layoffs.


...

In Canada, you’d better watch what you say if you want to criticize The Man. You’d better make sure every word is the literal truth, and that you can back it up with records.

Ask Ezra Levant.


Time to exempt rapists & murderers...

...from the Young Offenders Act...

Two teenaged boys are awaiting their day in court on murder charges for last week’s execution of another youth at a North York apartment building.

Tyrone Bracken, 16, was found shot to death last Wednesday in the stairwell of a Toronto Community Housing Corporation lowrise at 135 Neptune Dr., southwest of Bathurst St. and Hwy. 401.
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RELATED: Homicide squad reportedly...

...rounding up local farmers, duck hunters & skeet shooters...
A 19-year-old man is dead after a shooting in Toronto's north end on Monday night. The man was shot multiple times at around 9:45 p.m., according to Toronto police.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was rushed to Sunnybrook hospital from the townhouse complex near Sheppard Avenue West and Jane Street, but later died.

The death marks the 55th homicide in Toronto in 2010.


22 November 2010

A little "green around the gills"

Following closely on Climategate and the collapse of the carbon credit exchange... Saint Al is now sheepishly climbing down outta the ethanol tree...

Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was "not a good policy", weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.

U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline.
Thing is, it isn't just financially and ecologically unsound... it's actually driving up the cost of food.
The U.S. ethanol industry will consume about 41 percent of the U.S. corn crop this year, or 15 percent of the global corn crop, according to Goldman Sachs analysts.

"The size, the percentage of corn particularly, which is now being (used for) first generation ethanol definitely has an impact on food prices.

"The competition with food prices is real."


Call me wacky, I'm guessing she's already...

...on the list...oh canada**********

RELATED: The more, the merrier?

Striking down Canada’s polygamy law would make the country a magnet for polygamous immigrant families and open the door to societal harms resulting from the practice, a lawyer for the B.C. government said in opening remarks for a landmark case.


FROM THE COMMENTS:

-- "Hey bigcitylib, why don't you come out and meet all us violent, racist terrorists? See for yourself how crazy dangerous we are!" --
C'mon out... the Cat Fur will be flyin'

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UPDATE: I have two words for...

...Taliban-sucker Nonny-mouse who has... yet again... bombarded the blog with his anti-semitic nonsense (thank you, comment moderation)...

Bibi Aisha.


Remember when you were a kid...

...the morgue kept filling up with 16 year-old kids?

-- Yeah... me neither. --

Toronto police are investigating after a 16-year-old boy was shot in the west end, Sunday.

The intersection of Dufferin and Dupont has been shut down as police investigate.

This is the second time a teenager has been shot in the city this week. On Wednesday, Tyrone Bracken, 16, was shot to death at an apartment building in North York.
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UPDATE: You know things are bad...

...when even the Peace Moonbeam network acknowledges the carnage...
There were at least four separate gun incidents in Toronto over the weekend — including the city's 54th homicide and an alleged attempt to shoot a police officer.
If only there was some sort of gigantic magical database.


And Galileo wept

Vatican seeks to reassure key demographic... who may be "feeling morally fraught"...

Male prostitutes, for example, could be justified in using them to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.


21 November 2010

In other "Religion of Peace" news

-- BERLIN -- German authorities have launched a large-scale search in Berlin for two suspected suicide bombers, according people close to the investigation.

Concerns of an imminent attack prompted a public warning by Germany's interior ministry this week that terrorists plan to strike one or more crowded public locations in major German cities by the end of this month.

German authorities have also received indications that a second group of terrorists is planning to travel from Waziristan via the United Arab Emirates to Germany in the coming weeks, according to a person briefed on the investigation.
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RELATED: AUDACIOUS?

Well, that's one word for it...
land of the audacious


20 November 2010

Orwell was right

What if you called 911... and nobody came?

-- Caledonia, ON -- As then-OPP deputy commissioner Chris Lewis wrote Haldimand County Mayor Marie Trainer in March of 2010, there had been “a verbal agreement” among the OPP, the Haudenosaunee and the Six Nations Police that, as “an interim measure,” Six Nations “would police the DCE property, as well as the 6th and 7th Lines.”

That “interim” measure lasted one month shy of four years.
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RELATED: Christie Blatchford's 2nd mistake


Bright lights, big city...

...more bodies hit the pavement... must be Saturday...

-- TORONTO, On. -- Two shootings in the city have left one person dead and four injured. A shooting at a bar killed one man and two others were sent to hospital. Police told 680News they responded to a call just before 3 a.m. Saturday at 3030 Don Mills Road.

Earlier, police were called to a double shooting in the city's west end. A call came in just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday after a shooting at Jane and Lawrence, police said.

Two men were shot and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
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UPDATE: Shooting victim identified
Melvin Gomez, a 24-year-old from Toronto, succumbed to his injuries.
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RELATED: Why it's called Hogtown?
According to police, a 38-year-old man was slashed in the neck inside a Queen Street bar. The victim reportedly stumbled out of the bar with blood gushing from his neck.


Ross ain't here, man

Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff said the party is "sorry to lose Ross" as a candidate.

Rebagliati announced in October 2009 he would seek to run as a Liberal candidate in the B.C. Interior riding. The decision withdraw was made for "personal and family reasons," Rebagliati said in a release.

"The time has come for me to focus on new life challenges."
Geez, Ross... like what... maybe being a responsible adult human being?
He was unable to collect his mail, go shopping, or pay his taxes. "I was completely unable to function. I was in shock, actually, coming back."

He has had more ups and downs in the years since: lawsuits and money problems.
Yeah, Michael... I can see why you'd be mourning the loss of such a star candidate.


19 November 2010

Stop... or I'll yell stop again

-- BRAMPTON, Ont. -- He insists he was just defending his property. The authorities accuse him of acting like Rambo.

And now John Hutchins is facing assault with a weapon charges for chasing down and "subduing" a young thief he caught in the act.
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FROM THE COMMENTS: Both sides now...
"Basically, if we can't trust the cops to get the right perp every time, I ain't gonna put my faith in the Bubbas of this world to get it right every time either."


Move along folks...

...nothing uni-dimensional to see here...

The prize piece in their display window is a coffin decorated with images of mostly naked, muscular young men in athletic poses inspired by Italian Renaissance paintings.

“We believe you should be able to have a coffin that lets you embark on your last journey in a way that reflects how you lived your life,” undertaker Thomas Brandl told Reuters on Thursday.
A life defined by what you did with your genitals?

Seriously?
The gay couple also sell coffins and urns in rainbow colours — the international symbol of the gay and lesbian movement — and offer burials around a tree reserved exclusively for homosexuals.
And the dulcet tones of The Village People offer a last touching memory.

C'mon, people... is that all there is?

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FROM THE COMMENTS: C'mon now, everybody needs...

...a hobby, says Chris...
"Would it bother you if a movie fan wanted to be buried in a movie inspired casket? Or if a car buff wanted to be buried in a metallic coffin with chrome trim?"
Yeah... there's a clear-cut equivalence.

See, Chris... I've said it before...
"Fewer feather boas... more David Sedaris."
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UPDATE: Wow, look who's back...

...apparently Chris really has a penis, er... dog in this fight...
"Oh, yeah, you(sic) concerned about how such things would affect the 'grandparents'."
10:23 AM, November 20, 2010


"Though I do understand your deep concern for "grandparents" and their impressions of such things."
10:57 AM, November 20, 2010


"I was getting your deep and honest concern about "grandparent" sensibilities."
1:40 PM, November 20, 2010


"Those poor "grandparents". Thankfully someone honestly has their best interests at heart."
10:29 AM, November 21, 2010


"Are we to assume you no longer care about grandparent feelings? If that's the case, then why do you care about the availability of these caskets?"
8:34 AM, November 22, 2010
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LAST WORD: Yoohoo, Chris... over here

In your personal crusade against perceived homophobia... ya think maybe there might possibly be some bigger fish to fry?
Thanks to an amendment supported by a group of African and Muslim nations — which passed by a vote of 79-70 — the reference to sexual orientation has been struck from this year’s resolution.

The effective message is that killing someone because they’re gay just isn’t that bad.
Nah... what was I thinking?


And Tommy Chong wept

So, you're saying what, bro... dope & hookers are only part of the solution?

-- AMSTERDAM -- If the idea ever becomes reality — it would be legally complicated and politically divisive — it would be the latest of the country's liberal policies to be scrapped or curtailed as the Dutch rethink the limits of their famed tolerance.

Amsterdam has resisted enforcing some of the conservative trends. For instance, it rejected a 2008 ban on marijuana cafes near schools that would have led to the closure of nearly all the bars, commonly known as "coffee shops."

But it has accepted others. In 2006, the city shut down a third of its legal brothels, saying they were a magnet for criminals.
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FROM THE COMMENTS: The Socratic method...
"people fornicating and shooting people in the streets"
Yeah... thanks for that, nonny.


18 November 2010

Take a pill, Ontario... and just remember...

...if you don't like what the McSlippery government is telling you today...

-- Wednesday November 17 -- Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky is steering clear of the debate and repeatedly refused Wednesday to say what she thought about the proposal.

It's up to the board to make a decision about whether it wants to pay kids for good grades, she said.
...just wait 24 hours...
-- Thursday November 18 -- Ontario's governing Liberals will do whatever it takes to stop Canada's largest school board from paying poor students to do well in class, Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky said Thursday.

Outside the chamber, the minister insisted that she always opposed the idea and wasn't swayed by critics who compare it to bribery.
Meanwhile, out in La-La land... it's the usual complement of idiots, explosives & falling anvils...
What all these shenanigans mean, however, is quite possibly a death knell to the hopes of those in the cabinet contemplating a run to replace Mr. Campbell, who seems to have gone from lame-duck to dead-as-a-dodo Premier in very short order.
Remember... friends don't let friends vote Liberal.


I miss Canada

Something is very wrong with Canadian campuses these days.

Left-wing students and outside agitators get away with shouting down speakers they disagree with, smashing windows to prevent lecturers they don’t want to hear, even chaining themselves to a stage and screaming “racist, racist, racist” at the University of Waterloo to prevent Christie Blatchford from talking about her new book.

Student unions routinely decertify pro-life clubs, and administrators frequently cater to the demands of a handful of vocal socialist anarchists.

But when right-of-centre student groups attempt to protest the censorship they face, or demonstrate against leftist speakers and those they believe are hateful, they are met with threats of lawsuits or expulsion by administrators or student unions.
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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"As Kissinger once said, the reason why university politics are so vicious is because the stakes are so small."


In other "affordable housing" news

While detectives have not established what motivated the teen’s slaying, tenants of the complex said local youth, calling themselves the “Goons,” have been locked in a battle with gangsters from the Lawrence Heights “Jungle” to the south-west.

One resident said the boy’s name was Troy, and that he had moved there with his family after being displaced from Regent Park by construction last year.
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UPDATE: Shooting victim identified

And the media has their angle...
targeting christians?
Tyrone Bracken was a boy who always helped carry his neighbours' groceries and occasionally took time to read the bible.

Bracken, 16, was found shot to death around 4 p.m. Wednesday in a Toronto Community Housing Corp. lowrise at 135 Neptune Dr.

"I gave him a bible earlier this year," said Andy Osazuwa. "When I see them outside, I preach to them. They'd be playing sports and he was the only one who actually responded to me and said, 'Can you give me a bible?'"
Hmmm... the bible. Not a single mention of that "known to police" thing they had on the 6 o'clock news.

Maybe... just to be thorough... we should ask people who actually knew this kid?
"Students who knew Bracken were tight-lipped about why they thought he was targeted."
Curiouser & curiouser.

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RELATED: One for the good guys
Police have charged a Markham man with first degree murder after a fatal shooting in the summer of 2004. Gaurav Bazaz, 31, died on June 19, 2004, after suffering a gunshot wound. His body was located at 2610 Weston Rd.

Vinjay Singh, 30, was arrested on October 6, 2010. He is charged with first degree murder.


Too big to fail... my hairy, pimpled arse

GOING, GOING...

Thursday, Sep. 30, 2010 -- Although he scrupulously avoided the word “default,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said on Thursday that Millennium Development Corp. paid only $192-million of the first payment due on Aug. 31.
...GONE...
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 -- After several weeks of tense negotiations that nearly led to an all-out legal battle, the troubled Olympic village has been put into receivership at the request of the city and the private developer.

City manager Penny Ballem and Mayor Gregor Robertson said the settlement was good news for the project and provided stability for the future.
You hear that Vancouver?

More "good news".

Yippee.


University Prez threatens legal action...

...against local Imam... wait a minute...

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RELATED: Ask a Liberal...

...for all the good it'll do ya.

Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky is steering clear of the debate and repeatedly refused Wednesday to say what she thought about the proposal.

It's up to the board to make a decision about whether it wants to pay kids for good grades, she said.
Yeah... that payoff thing.

It worked out so well in Caledonia.


Just keepin' it real, yo

word

Aye Jay has put together 48 pages of the biggest names in hip-hop, everyone from Biggie to 2pac, and placed them right at the tip of your Crayola. Thick black outlines of 50 Cent, DMX and many more await your stylistic eye.

Toss it on your coffee table before pouring gin and tonics and cracking the 40’s at your next house party or just indulge in some childish fun.


17 November 2010

Ex-movie star & ex-Ignatieff BFF...

...takes aim at federal Cabinet Ministers...

Dhalla said she also took offence to the defence department advertising on websites that promote violence, such as hockeyfights.com.

"The buck stops obviously with the ministers, whether they have contracted those (the advertising) out, the buck stops with the…government."

“I don’t think that any Canadian out there wants to have these types of keywords or websites identified which are objectifying and insulting and demeaning to women.”
So, Ruby.... you're all about respecting women?

'Cos I'm thinkin' there's a "Hooters" out there that had to go on a manic hiring spree.
feminism first
Why? And for Whom? -- is a six-year-old Hindi film that tells of a man poisoning his wife to collect insurance.
Let's not even get started on "Canadian values"... like, say... pensions for recent immigrants or indentured servitude.


It's like they're sitting around thinking...

...okay... food & water shortages, no order, no shelter... now... how could we possibly make things worse?

-- Port-au-Prince, HAITI -- There was turmoil on Monday in two cities in the north of Haiti, Cap-Haitien and Hinche, with protesters setting cars and a police station on fire, as well as throwing rocks and bottles at UN troops. One protester was shot to death by a UN soldier.

In Cap-Haitien, the country’s second city, the operations of Oxfam remain suspended on Tuesday because of the violence.
Okay... I think I see part of the problem here...
Although cholera is relatively simple to prevent, this relies on the population being educated in how to respond and practising good hygiene.
You don't fully appreciate the importance of "don't shit where you eat"... maybe burning cities to the ground is your inevitable destination.

Unbelievable.


FROM THE COMMENTS:

"One thing you can say for Kellar, he's certainly no grammar Nazi."


"Have a Holly-Jolly..."

...wait a minute...
duck!!!

"A whole corridor of the mall was cordoned off with police tape. Tristan Cox and Francis Koroma face charges, including robbery while armed with a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm and aggravated assault."
Oh, man... if only there was some sort of giant magical database.

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RELATED: David Miller's legacy
Regent Park is reeling after a string of shootings left three dead in as many weeks. Parents say they are afraid to let their children out after dark, even for the area’s free tutoring programs.

Police in the area started noticing an uptick in calls over the past year, but won’t say what might be driving it. “Radio calls, for sure,” are up, said Constable Joe Jaksa. “For everything.”
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LAST WORD: Oops, there goes another...
A shooting at an apartment complex at 135 Neptune Drive has reportedly claimed the life of a young man.

The victim, believed to be a teen male, was pronounced dead at the scene near Bathurst and Wilson.


16 November 2010

You can almost smell the rainbows...

...and candied unicorns...

-- OTTAWA -- He led two rebellions against the government of Canada, set up a provisional government for Manitoba and took part in the execution of Thomas Scott, but the NDP's Pat Martin says Louis Riel has been wronged by the history books and it's time to set things right.

Louis Riel is a hero, not a traitor,” Martin told a news conference in Ottawa Tuesday.
Apparently, in Canada, there's no such thing as a bad boy anymore.

Remember... friends don't let friends vote NDP.


I'm gonna go out on a limb here...

...and guess that's more money than we spend on "victim services" for a whole year...

B.C. spent more than $102-million dollars to put serial killer Robert Pickton behind bars for life.

Seventy-million dollars was spent on the RCMP investigation, including the meticulous sifting of dirt and debris on Mr. Pickton's farm – where the DNA of 26 victims was found.
Yeah... here's the thing... you had me, back at... "severed head in a bucket."


Say... how's that "Hopey-changey" thing...

...workin' for ya...

Thirteen demonstrators organized by the GetEQUAL campaign for gay rights -- including nine veterans, a Catholic priest and other advocates -- were arrested after shouting they were "proud to serve" and vowing: "We will not disappear."
Oh, Barry.

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RELATED: That racist Stephen Harp...

...wait a minute...
Once again, does anyone know what Mr. Ignatieff is talking about? Is he really suggesting that the Conservatives should have fielded a non-Filipino candidate to make it a fair fight for the Liberal contender?


From the very same Liberal Eco-crats...

...who brought you... "We're gonna shut down all those nasty coal-fired generating plants... in 2007...

Environment Minister John Wilkinson says he won’t even consider banning TV and computer trash from landfills until the province’s electronic waste diversion program is in stronger shape.

Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is improving but it would be premature to expect that all provincial residents have access to its diversion programs, he said.

OES, which levied $45 million in Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) fees in its first year, missed its collection and recycling targets by as much as 59%, its annual performance report revealed.
Yeah... let's have three cheers for Dalton McSlippery's bright, shining socialist paradise.

How ya likin' it so far?

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RELATED: Back at the Mother Corpse

Mrs Neo is listening to a CBC interview of Australian "activist" Helen Caldicott... who, apparently wants to tear down the entire town of Port Hope... and rebuild it somewhere else.

And you can just smell the science...
"This town sort of represents the world nuclear problem. I've heard remarkable stories of animals being born with congenital defects."
Hey Dalton... are you listening? Helen's heard some spooky stories.

You wanna get your eco-crazy on... Helen's at the Best Western in Oshawa tonight.

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LAST WORD: Advocating for sorcery

Good grief... the Ceeb is now exploring the role of witchcraft in our lives... according to the host...
"We don't allow enough room for the inexplicable in our lives."
Holy crap... it appears as though the CBC switchboard has lit up.

Good grief. We pay for this nonsense?


15 November 2010

In other Eco-Fraud news...

The Climate Exchange was created by a professor named Richard Sandor. In 2002, Time magazine called him a “Hero of the Planet” for that act.

But as the exchange’s own website suggests, companies bought and sold carbon as a public-relations exercise — to greenwash their operations in the eyes of the gullible media.

Don’t worry about poor Prof. Sandor, though. The Investors Business Daily reports he managed to sell his stake in the exchange for $98.5 million.


Coming soon... to a neighbourhood...

...near you...

-- TORONTO -- A newly released intelligence report says hardline Islamist groups want to build a “parallel society” in Canada, which could undermine the country’s social cohesion and foster violence.

The de-classified Intelligence Assessment obtained by the National Post says extremists have been encouraging Muslims in the West to reject Western society and to live in “self-imposed isolation.”

The report was written by the Integrated Threat Assessment Centre, which monitors threats to Canada’s national security and is composed of representatives of CSIS, the RCMP, Foreign Affairs, National Defence and other agencies.

It was circulated internally last year after Hizb-ut-Tahrir invited Muslims to a conference in Mississauga, Ont., to discuss the establishment of an Islamic caliphate.


Brave new world

"By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights," countered the TSA supervisor.
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RELATED: It gets better...
-- HARTFORD, Conn. -- A driver who's serving a manslaughter sentence for striking and killing a 14-year-old boy is suing the victim's parents, blaming them for their son's death because they allowed him to ride his bike in the street without a helmet.
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LAST WORD: From the comments
"Christie writes a book about a police force paralyzed by gutlessness and political correctness and her speech is hijacked by protesters who are allowed to disrupt it because of the university's gutlessness and political correctness."


Live and don't learn...

...the enduring legacy of Mark "The Mouth" Holland.

-- OTTAWA -- A Liberal MP is continuing a lawsuit against former OPP commissioner turned federal Conservative candidate Julian Fantino even though a good part of this lawsuit is based on another lawsuit and criminal trial now long over.

Mark Holland, the Liberal MP for Ajax-Pickering, launched his suit against Fantino in August 2008 seeking $350,000 in damages plus legal expenses.

That lawsuit ended in October with an out of court settlement and Holland apologizing.
Who is Mark Holland?

Well... he's at least as classy as... Marlene Jennings.


14 November 2010

Just another tiny bit of fallout...

...from the McDreamy administration's "War on Islamophobia"...

“The Christian people should leave their beloved land of our ancestors and escape the premeditated ethnic cleansing,” he said in a statement to CNN. “This is better than having them killed one by one.”

Many Christians have already left Iraq; almost 150 were recently granted asylum by the French government. Those who cannot afford to do so have found some measure of refuge in the Kurdish north.


Bright lights, big city...

...maybe "priority" isn't really the word you're looking for...

“The victim has not co-operated with police at this point, but we’re hoping that will change,” said a police spokesman.

Lawrence Heights has been deemed a “priority neighbourhood” by the City of Toronto for projects including affordable housing.
"Affordable housing", huh?

Isn't that what Toronto gives to the whole Khadr klan?


13 November 2010

Hang on a second... Libya?

Seriously... the folks who brought us the Lockerbie bombing... that Libya?


Antiques Roadshow, my ass

Christies believe the machine will sell for between £100,000 and £150,000.

It cost $666.66 when it was bought in 1976.


Homicide cops have been crazy busy...

...chasing after local farmers, deer hunters & skeet shooters...

[...]


12 November 2010

"Help me if you can, I've got to get back..."

"...to the House At Pooh Corner by one..."

Prof. Carasco, a one-time NDP candidate who teaches family and immigration law at Windsor, has asked the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to stop the search for a new Dean, appoint her to the position and award her compensation for “injury to dignity” of $60,000 from the school, and $15,000 from her colleague, hate-speech expert Richard Moon.


Oh my gawd... all those poor creatures...

...being driven into extinc... wait a minute...

-- KENORA, Ont. -- Rose Allin has had enough. It's one thing for the deer to scrounge around in her yard, eating all her flowers.

It's quite another for them to come up to the front step and ring her doorbell.

“I just wish they'd stop," she said, looking very cross.
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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"She should build them a basketball court."
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LAST WORD: "Paging Timothy Treadwell..."


I'm gonna go out on a limb here...

...and guess that Bob and Iggy are... despite the pretty words... gonna have a hard time settling for a "yes"...

“Look, I do note that the Liberal party, Mr. Ignatieff, Mr. Rae have indicated for the past several months that they favour a training mission,” he said. “If they have any specific ideas they want to share, I’m not resistant to having debates on that matter in the House of Commons."
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UPDATE: It doesn't matter what you say...

...we're the NDP... we have to scream and stamp our feet...
A deal between the Conservatives and Liberals allows Stephen Harper to break his promise and extend the mission in Afghanistan without approval from Parliament, New Democrats charged Friday.

That’s really deplorable,” NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar said.
Hang on a sec... what do the Dippers actually want?
The NDP supports the option of supporting transitional justice, aid, development and governance, which Mr. Dewar says would cost about $500-million over three years.
Geez, I'm just not seein' the big hairy-ball problem here.

Maybe Stephen Harper IS a diabolical chess-master.

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LAST WORD: Or... using Occam's political razor...
Michael Ignatieff has proven to be the Wile E. Coyote of political strategy when it comes to boxing in Stephen Harper – forever being burnt to a crisp atop his own pile of Acme Corporation dynamite.


11 November 2010

Less Powerpoint... more hollow-point

Looks like, yet again... we're dealing with the not-so-invisible hand of the market...

“What I can say is that in the organized crime division, for several months, there have been several multidisciplinary teams on the ground in different locations.”
Sure thing, Clouseau... how's that working out for you? Better than for the Rizzuto gang, I guess.

And despite CTV's efforts to pump up the story... the fact is... this is simply the end of a savage thug.


Ottawa's Million Dollar Babies

Hmmm... I'm thinking that's roughly the combined salaries of about 20 auto workers... and, bear in mind, that doesn't include "their excellencies" regular paycheques...

Last year, Chow claimed $530,000 in expenses, Layton claimed $629,000.

Chow's sensitive, caring-for-the-average-working-stiff response when asked about her above-average expenses? "It's within the law," she told the Toronto Star curtly.
So, Olivia... what you're telling us is... you're "entitled to your entitlements?"

That sounds so familiar.
Parliamentarians -- especially those such as Chow and Layton who make such a big deal about being the voice of ordinary working Canadians -- should not be shielding their expenses behind the letter of the law. They should be leading by example by offering full disclosure of their expense records.

The Layton-Chows act more like the Duke and Duchess of Downtown Toronto.
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RELATED: I'm sorry, I've just gotta ask...

...why exactly do we call them "Honourable Members"?
Not only did Liberal MPs Raymonde Folco, Carolyn Bennet, Rob Oliphant, Andrew Telegdi and Tom Wappel meet with the designated terrorist group Mojahedin e Khalq, their travel costs to France was included.
Friends don't let friends vote Liberal.


Lest We Forget

Do you know someone who enlisted in World War I in Canada?

-- Search the WWI CEF database --

Do you know a Canadian killed while serving his country?

-- Search the Commonwealth War Graves database --

My wife's grandfather, a member of the Canadian Cyclist Battalion, (pictured, in the kilt) was wounded by German shelling and carried around shrapnel from WWI for the rest of his life.

And he was one of the lucky ones... who got to come back and have a family and live out a long, productive and rewarding life.

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BY THE NUMBERS:
by the numbers


10 November 2010

Math, physics, all that boring school stuff...

...sometimes, it's more important than you might think...

Judging by the panicked screams in this video, the folks demolishing a 275-foot smoke stack in Springfield, Ohio didn't expect it to snap power lines, destroy power equipment, or terrify children when it collapsed into the wrong direction.

There were no injuries resulting from this incident, but 8,000 people did lose their electricity due to the power equipment being crushed.
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BONUS LINK: The world's cutest bomb squad


Like a fish needs a bicycle

From today's Bono-endorsed... "Journal of the Blatantly Obvious"...
rock on