It’s incredible how totally dumb some people can be … an unfitting tribute to the 4th.
It’s incredible how totally dumb some people can be … an unfitting tribute to the 4th.
Free Trade, The European Union and all that:
People are freaking out after the Brexit vote which saw the English people voting 52% to 48% in favour of leaving the European Union.
The European Common Market (ECM, later the European Economic Community, the EEC) was formed in the 1950’s when 6 countries – France, West Germany, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and Italy came together.
England tried to get in but France’s de Gaulle kept her out, questioning the UK’s commitment to Europe. In the end, with de Gaulle a dead duck and out of the picture, England gets admitted simultaneous to Denmark and Eire (Irish Republic). This occurred in 1973.
Trudeau has said that he “left other parties in the dust” with a popular vote of less than 40%. Many elections are won and lost with less than a 52% majority : Take the 1960 US presidential election when Kennedy squeezed out less than 50% majority win. 49.72 % vs. 49.55% where Nixon becomes the first man in history to lose a Presidential election despite the fact that he carried more states than his opponent, Kennedy, in this case.
JFK, the beloved philanderer and noted womanizer par excellence, glorified by the American people today simply because he was shot down by a deranged maniac in the prime of his life.
Tricky Dick Nixon, speaking of liars.
And speaking of tricky Dick – I remember a poster with a picture of Nixon on it, his five o’clock shadow prominent as usual, with the following cut line:
“Would you buy a used car from this man”?
Even in the defeat of McGovern in 1972, Nixon lost only one or two states and ended up with only about 60% of the popular vote.
All this to provide some historical context for my argument as follows: there is a petition going around stating that something like 2/3 (66.7%) of the British population should be required to say NO to Europe, rather than the 52% that actually did and, consequently, that the British government be petitioned to call a second referendum because they don’t like the result of the first.
Remember our feelings right here in Quebec when the PQ called the second referendum on separation in 1995 after what was called a “stunning” defeat in the 1980 referendum on Sovereignty Association (60% to 40% against, that time).
Setting the bar at 66.7% is way too high.
We have environmental laws which other countries like the USA supposedly have to respect when exploiting our natural resources for example. Free Trade hurts the working people whose wages must be kept low in order for any country to compete with others sans tariff protection.
Speaking of which, when is free trade not free trade? When tariffs and quotas continue to exist on foreign cars and parts entering Canada from the United States, regardless of their memberships in NAFTA. It’s a rhetorical question, by the way.
Same thing within Canada : even with free trade established long ago as a principle of inter-provincial trade, Ontario continues to protect its brewing industry by levying tariffs and/or quotas on beer imported from Quebec. Free trade among the provinces was supposed to be one of the cornerstones of the pro-Confederation movement which ended up creating this country in 1867.
Question: What do American beer and making love in a canoe have in common?
Answer: They’re both fucking close to water.
During the Free Trade Debate period in the latter 1980’s, one top executive of the then-government Crown Corporation, Canadair, speaks to around 1500 “line workers”, telling them that a vote for the Conservative Party in the upcoming 1988 (?) election would be a vote pro the adoption of the FTA with the United States, one of the planks in P.M. Brian Mulroney’s election platform.
Now there’s a liar that puts Hillary and Trump to shame – “Lyin’ Brian” we used to call him.
Anyway, back to the Canadair story: what the fuck do the workers know? Are they willing to take the chance that their jobs will be endangered and vote against Mulroney, in an effort to jettison the proposed Free Trade Agreement, or are they going to do what the executive suggests, supporting and casting their votes for Lyin’ Brian and free trade without knowing much about its implications other than what one of their big bosses has just told them? Rest assured of one thing though : that boss and others within the corporate greed structure knew damn well that Free Trade was a great deal for them and their already corpulent bank accounts.
That’s it for today.
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Peace and love.
This former CIA officer’s secret life taught her one lesson: Listen to your enemy. Her message is right on point. What can we do?
Hi there, friends.
Just thought I’d enlighten you and your evening with some bits of wisdom re. the kid, our Right Honourable P.M. Justin “Pretty Boy- Doe-eyed-in-the-headlights” Trudeau.
That’s the way he looked to me in his meeting with one of the three companies’ executives re. trying to get a commitment from them to invest more in Canada. Executives from Honda, Toyota, and Suburu, stated that they had no plans to increase their investment in Canada.
So now the spin is that this whole Japanese trip is part of a process of building bridges, getting to know each other (better?) and the like. Oohh-Kay.
Who’s he trying to “kid”?
Not someone older than him, me for example, or those Japanese fifty to sixty year olds sitting opposite Trudeau at the “negotiating table”, with Trudeau’s look and demeanour saying that he’d rather actually be anywhere else. Just totally out-classed and out-gamed on a playing field not of his making – let’s be fair here, give the boy his due.
He can’t play their game anymore than they can play his. Unfortunately, things get pretty well defined when one of the nations actually goes begging, literally.
Please remember at times of indecision that the “eyes have it” or as in the words of a Phoenix Alternative colleague, Susan Gilmore, “you know what you saw”.
And then there’s poor little Sophie Gregoire, the Prime Minister’s wife, to whom I deliver a simple message: Stop falling all over yourself and get real, babe.
#not in this lifetime
Donald Trump’s quite popular, we see. This should worry sane, educated and intelligent people not only in the USA, but also in North America and the rest of the world. This guy just yesterday told one of his crowds that he felt “like punching (one of the protesters at the rally) in the face”. Enough said to the sane, educated and intelligent among us.
There is actually a chance that this brash … adjectives defy me at the moment, so let’s just refer to this jerk as Trump, he has a chance to become the US president next November. Horror of horrors.
In order to view this scenario in a less negative light, we have to go with what may be referred to as the “Marxist Dialectic Route” [MDR] which argues that history unfolds dialectically. What this implies that for every Thesis, there is an Antithesis (anti-thesis), which invariably leads to a antagonistic struggle between these two with result that a Synthesis takes place, combining the “best” elements of both the above-mentioned Thesis [T] and Antithesis [A]. This Synthesis [S] then becomes a spanking new Thesis which we can and will label as T1. Hence the process begins again so that T1 + A1 = S1 and so it goes.
Back to Trump in a moment.
First though, it must be noted that a conservative view of the Dialectic as Marx, Karl, described it, would lead to the end of history as we know it because eventually all antagonistic stuff would be eliminated. Mao Zedong took care of that which doesn’t mean necessarily that Mao was a “conservative”; he probably decided that Marx’s theory needed a supplement purely to make this ideology more palatable with conservative Communists and/or Progressives in the house.
What he argued was this. He stated that there were going to exist “Non-Antagonistic” Syntheses and Antithesis which would enter the picture once the ultimate stage according to Marx had been reached. Then the contradictions between T and A would never end as we seek purer and purer forms of life, friendship, generosity, etc., all good.
With the Trump phenomenon, we are very much viewing his progress towards the Presidency as some kind of Antithesis of something more positive with the ultimate result being a higher Synthesis with Trump no longer in the picture.
The two questions that then come to mind are: (a) For how long must we endure him?; and (b) How much damage can he do in the time he remains “in the picture”?
All this is in the context of the Dialectical interpretation of history. If that theory did not exist or if we don’t swallow it “in all its glory” then God help us. All.
This I can’t believe: the mother of the “affluenza” teen who got off lightly after driving drunk and killing four people (!) in the process, was shown being deported from Mexico with a smarmy, little smile on her face while her son, Ethan Couch remained in Mexico. I would like to wipe that smirk right off her fucking face.
Couch, the son, was caught on video playing a beer-drinking game, thus breaking his parole conditions. What a jerk.
The Chicago Police Department is issuing the following directive to its officers: at both airports in the city, Midway and O’Hare, cops who are not gonna be carrying guns for the next while, are being instructed to run and hide if confronted by armed psychos.
What a difference a culture, a continent and a country all make. In England, as far as I know, beat cops (Constables On Patrol) are still unarmed. This says a lot about the state of fear and anger in the Excited States. Imagine what the States would like if the police were not armed, as in England and in the remainder of the U.K. including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Fifty percent of registered Republicans down there support that fascist demi-“God”, The Donald.
Scott Gomez, remember how useless he was as a winger/centre when he was here, has been placed on waivers by the St. Louis Blues. Does anyone think another team will pick him up?
Subban had a poor game last night (Wednesday vs. Florida). He’s starting to get on my nerves.
Babcock is just in the process of proving that no matter how good the coach, you can’t win with so poor a team. Last year, the Leaves finished with 68 points. After their one-sided loss to the Islanders on Tuesday, they sit one position from last place in their conference with only Columbus behind them. With eight games to go until they reach the halfway point in their season, they have 33 points. As is said, you do the math. I would if I could but I can’t. No patience.
The fact that Jonathan Bernier allowed six goals on a mere 15 shots didn’t help on Tuesday in the TBO’s loss 6-3 to the Islanders a save percentage (and this arithmetic I can do) of .600, probably the lowest in history, at least since they started keeping this particular stat.
With Florida’s win, our beloved Canadiens on Tuesday, Florida is now in first place in the division containing the Habs, the Atlantic Division.
The Canadian juniors required a shoot-out to beat Switzerland in Helsinki, Finland on Tuesday. Who’d have thunk it?
Well, Trump is lying. He obviously mocked the poor guy, it’s evident to anyone who ain’t sight-impaired…
Braden Holtby, stood on his head, while our boy, Mike Condon, showed why he is a back-up …
The Republican Party is fucked in the head …
The man’s definitely in trouble. Ben Carson’s virtual admission that he lied about receiving a full scholarship to West Point and this in the aftermath of other questions being posed regarding the veracity of some autobiographical details as these have been both written and discussed by Carson himself, well let’s just put it this way: is that the sound of a nail being hammered into Carson’s coffin, I hear?
In a recent comment on Facebook, I said something to the effect that the more I got to know about Carson, the less I liked him. To that statement I would add, after having given his record a quick perusal at www.bbc.com., that I have absolutely NO respect for Ben Carson in either domain: on the one hand his reactionary, Christ-oriented message is not what 21st century Americans need right now. They need (and so do we, Canadians) a progressive political leader who will approach the challenges of high office in a way which will lighten the economic and social burdens which are driving many of us to desperation. Say, yeah. Yeah.
**But instead, we get this: according to the above-mentioned website, Ben Carson has compared gun control, political correctness, life in the US under Obama and the progressive movement in general to life under Nazi bootstraps. (I think “rule” is the word used, not “bootstraps”.)
Carson has apparently said that the fact that prison sex occurs supports his view that homosexuality is a choice. Say what?!
He has also stated that Muslims should be ruled out as far as their eligibility to run for the office of President is concerned, believe it or not, and is a bible-thumper which is a shame because what follows is gonna make Dr. Carson look pretty bad.
Not only is the man living in the Dark Ages ideologically (see above), but he has also shown us that he’s a liar, a stunning demonstration that Carson is a dishonest hypocrite who should quit the race. Now. Today. Right now. Don’t mean tomorrow. He’s supposed to be a Christian, even has a painting hanging on a wall of his house showing Carson, seated, and Jesus standing to his left, with the latter’s arm around a beaming Ben. I saw it on the television. A little pretentious. Yeah? Yeah.
He says he doesn’t believe that any religion is superior to another, yet he has said, in virtually the same breath, – out of the other side of his hypocritical face – that there’s only one way to get to God, and that’s through a belief and faith in Jesus which pretty much leaves most of the world’s population, the non-Christians among us, out in the cold, does it not?
I was surprised to find that a good friend of mine, a person who says that she is a Christian, holds the same belief as Carson so I won’t slam this “one path to God” idea more than to say this: Religious ideology of this nature causes division between Christians and everyone else – Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Jews, for example. Religious challenges are birthed when one group believes that its way is the best or the only way. Say yeah. This is one reason why I, a non-observant Jew, personally refuse to characterize the Jews, or any other religious group for that matter as the “chosen people”.
Now, back to Carson – Smokey has these words of wisdom for Ben: “Only you can prevent the raging inferno which your Presidential campaign is about to turn into. Get away. Now. Before your campaign spontaneously combusts from all the crap it has spouted”.
**Before continuing, if you are interested in more meat, I got the above info directly from the bbc site. I know the BBC has had its detractors over the years (as has its younger sister Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the CBC) but it’s still widely respected as a news gathering and distribution maven. See www.bbc.com.
Now for the other side of Carson’s coin – the non-political side, the character issues recently raised about Carson’s recall of events from a past stretching back fifty years, during Carson’s adolescence, when he claims to have gone after one of his peers with a hammer and to have tried to stab another of his so-called friends.
When confronted by a CNN person about the fact that no one has so far been able to vet these stories, he argued that he had changed the names of the people involved. “Was there any sort of disclaimer to that effect in his recently-published memoir/autobiography,” asks the CNN person.
“No,” answers Carson. Huh?
Carson, himself, brought these stories up in this book, no one else except him has put these tales out there, foolishly, as it looks at the time of this writing.
Two days ago, the big one dropped when people associated with the Carson campaign publicly admitted that Carson’s story about his having received a full scholarship to West Point is false. The fact of the matter is that this simply never happened.
Pathological liar for President, anyone? Or perhaps you’d prefer the most politically and militarily powerful country in our world to have as it’s leader a reactionary nut job? 🇺🇸
Or both of the above all rolled into one package, and a fairly off-putting one at that.
We need peace.
We need truth.
Many of us are in desperate straights which is why contemporary western youth (and not only western, but the young in the so-called Third, Fourth and Fifth Worlds too) – why do you think that contemporary youth is proving itself to be a fertile ground from which ISIS and other terrorist organizations have been able to radicalize and recruit girls, boys, men and women and to get these kids to commit acts of terror in the name of the Islamic state?
Yes, it’s because a goodly number of youthful members of society have become desperate. They feel completely hopeless and pretty much alone. They are looking for an identity divorced from western cultural and social values such as those associated with getting a good education to start and then moving on in attempts to make it in the world, with family, friends, a car and a house.
We, Hippies that we were and some of us still are, reject these values as well but we do it in a reasonable and much more moderate way. I only gloat about my car and my bike to bug people; these things do not define me. I hope not anyway. Don’t get me wrong; I am not dissatisfied with the things I own. I do not need them however. I don’t have to drive a Cadillac or a Harley. I drive them because I enjoy nice things.
What we don’t need is Ben Carson or anyone else who even comes close to thinking like him. Our needs require direction from a totally different person who occupies a place on the political continuum as divorced as possible from Carson in particular, and from the Republicans, in general. I know that the American people are not yet desperate enough to throw their electoral support to Carson or someone like him, but that day may soon be upon us at which time I’d have purchased and learnt to use a weapon.
Starting off with the third Republican debate last last week: Carson and Trump, especially the latter, toned down which was surprising in Trump’s case considering the subject of the debate which was supposed to be finance and Trump’s career in business.
Marco Rubio got the better of Jeb Bush in an exchange begun when the former Florida Governor attempted to take Rubio to task – at least that was what it looked like he was trying to do anyway – based on Rubio’s spotty attendance record as a US Senator. Bush told Rubio that he should show up for work when it came to light that Rubio had missed over seventy Senate votes in the last year, which does seem like a high total if it’s true. (Note that Obama and John Kerry, Democrats both, had missed comparable time in their respective runs for President.)
That’s not the point though. Rubio confronted Bush with the following repost: “You’re only saying that because someone told you that attacking me was the right way to go,” or words to that effect at any rate. Well, no fucking kidding, Rubio. Talking about stating the obvious. And besides, isn’t everyone trying to do the same thing to everyone else in the first place?
The accolades garnered by Rubio were both heartening in the sense that it makes me happy when Jeb gets knocked but disheartening at the same time.
Disheartening in the way that the whole debate and the race in general, seems to be playing out. Chris Christie whom I actually can’t really stand, put it out there that the “American people” aren’t interested in personal attacks but would rather hear discussions dealing with issues like jobs, education and health care, although the latter dies in Republican-land – won’t glorify it by calling it a “nation” because that would imply some kind of principled approach to policy-making beyond the “I-Me-Mine” approach favoured by the more conservative segment of American society.
These men and one woman are not – to use a seasonal reference – the most brightly lit pumpkins in the window, you realize. According to Bloom’s taxonomy, there are eight different types of intelligence such as athletic, intellectual (intelligence), artistic musical and emotional as well as a few others. These guys may be inclined to be intelligent – but in many of these cases, this would not be intelligence in the sense of the word as it is generally understood and used.
Let’s deal with the obvious idiots: Michael “Mike” Huckabee is an opportunistic, bible-thumping, evangelistic moron. He’s the one who went down to Kentucky to defend the rights of he then incarcerated county clerk, Kim Davis, who had directly disobeyed state law by refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. A candidate for chief executive spouting off about judicial tyranny is certainly not my cup of tea to put it mildly. The fact that Huckabee doesn’t see the obvious contradiction between occupying the Office of Chief Executive on the one hand, and supporting a blatant law-breaker on the other, speaks to how ridiculous this clown’s campaign for the Presidency is, unless of course this guy has decided to cater to the lowest common denominator within the American electorate, the so-called reactionary Tea Party and voters of their ilk. If this is in fact true, it may make Huckabee a bit more politically astute than I have given him credit for but he’s still an idiot.
Donald Trump, yes, The Donald, Donald Duck. Certainly not an idiot in the usual sense but one nonetheless. A blusterer who could be dangerous if he wasn’t so dumb, again not in the conventional sense of dumb but dumb in the sense that he actually believes that transferring his personal lifestyle and ways of making his financial, business and various decisions to running a country, much less to his dealings with other world leaders would be the successful way to go. “We’ll build a wall … and get Mexico to pay for it.” Maybe this is intelligent to the extent that it is manipulative but this kind of thing will not stand the test of time. Not at all, Mr. Trump.
What about his proposal to get rid of some twelve million immigrants? Can a mind that small even begin to conceive of the logistical difficulties alone involved in the execution of so enormous a task? Think of the bureaucracy which would be required – mind-blowing.
Not to mention the social and psychological costs of so vast a deportation – there’s no room in Trump’s brain for considerations of a moral or ethical nature.
You would think that he would be better in measuring the economic impact of so huge a displacement of people. It would be difficult to actually realistically calculate the impact on the American GDP (Gross Domestic Product) if twelve million people were unceremoniously dumped out of the country; regardless of that fact, there will be an impact and I would guess that overall, in the medium term, the impact would be negative. Mr. Trump. Businessman. Beeg businessman. Beeg, huge businessman. Hey Joe. What do y’all really know?
Regardless of all of his wealth and business success, he does not have the intellectual energy to lead what still is the most powerful nation in the history of the world. Like it or not, we live next to the Leviathan and having Trump in charge – which will never happen – would put the entire world in danger. That’s all for Trump. A true idiot with business acumen and loads of bread.
Jeb Bush. Ah Jeb. Jeb the jerk. I was mildly concerned to see this guy announce his candidacy. However, he just hasn’t caught on, continuing to trail badly in the polls, reminding voters of his brother and father, Presidents both. His brother, George W., although meeting with some success in his obvious effort to rehabilitate his image, was intensely disliked. This was an important reason for Obama’s successful bid for the Presidency in 2008.
Jeb’s campaign is dying at the moment, with his financial backers which include his Super Pac (Presidential Action Committee), the latter having raised over $100 million, calling for more bang for their buck. Apparently Bush!s failure to turn things around during the third debate, was too much for some of the wealthy ones who have, with their donations to his campaign, made Jeb’s run possible. Rumour has it that some of these contributors may be looking for another horse on which to place their bets.
Lindsey Graham, Senator from South Carolina, who, on March 7, 2015, at a “Politics and Pies” forum, … advocated the reversal of defense spending cuts and quipped: “If I were President of the United States, I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to.” Great idea from a not the most reactionary person in the group but an idiot nonetheless.
Ted Cruz: a real greaser who has obviously been told to stop using shit on his hair which was a good move but still doesn’t cover up the type of person that Cruz has been proven to be.
He has an informal alliance with Donald Trump, a self-serving move which Teddy-boy hopes will garner him a significant slice of the Donald’s support if and when Trump is forced out of the race as a result of a slide in the polls which has already begun.
Cruz is extremely conservative and proud of it.
Note: In Canada, calling someone a “socialist” is tantamount to labelling your political opponent a “liberal” in the Excited States, which somewhat and somehow the explains the pride (and total lack of reticence) which many Americans take in unabashedly calling themselves and the people they support “conservatives”. By the way, the term “reactionary” is an antonym for the term “progressive” and means “conservative in the extreme”.
A reactionary wants to re-enact the past. That would mean returning to the past including outlawing abortion, getting rid of Obamacare (Medicare), and in Canada, returning to the days of capital punishment.
These certainly are not the only idiots in the group, but it’s a good start.
So what’s happening with the Boston Bruins? How can they expect to be competitive when they trade away young talent like Johnny Boychuk, Dougie Hamilton and Tyler Seguin (Remember him?). Well, they can’t and they aren’t and the way it looks now, they won’t be. Is it time to hit the panic button in Beantown?
Fourteen goals against allowed by Boston goalie Tukka Rask in three games – the worst in the entire National Hockey League (NHL) – isn’t helping either. Too bad. So sad.
Much ado about less than nothing: It is upsetting to see the shine being taken off the Blue Jays’ win yesterday by the discussion about manager John Gibbons’ decision to take starting pitcher R. J. Dickey out of the game with two out in the fifth inning, with Dickey a ere one out away from becoming the pitcher of record in the game the Jays actually WON, regardless of a out-rightly smelly relief performance by David Price.
As Dickey (pictured below in his pre-Jays days) said, in a post-game pointe de presse, it’s amazing what a team can do when the issue of who gets credit is taken out of the equation. As far as I’m (JC) concerned, this is a non-issue and should never have ever been brought up. End of story.
Stick a fork in the Alouettes, they’re done. In the aftermath of Monday’s Thanksgiving Day loss to the Toronto Argonauts, at home in Montreal, our team can now only make the play-offs as a cross-over. All depends on who finishes the most strongly amongst the Als, BC and Winnipeg.
This could be the first time in about ten years that the Alouettes finish out of the play-offs and I hold out little hope for the team as long as they go with the likes of Tanner Marsh and that other guy – not Cato, the other guy who played in Monday’s game and proved himself unable to hit the broad side of a barn door, that guy – are playing quarter-back, although in this case, “nickel”-back would appear to be a more apt description. Rakeem Cato has potential if he could only stay out of sick bay.
And I’d rather see Anthony Calvillo suit up than have the Als trying to get their hands on the apparently-available Kevin Glenn. At about forty-three years old, the All-World All-Star who is presently playing the role of co-offensive coordinator of the team, Calvillo, looks to be in decent physical condition while Glenn is a proven loser. As for Tanner Marsh, he was intercepted five times vs. Ottawa sometime in September, which proved to be the last time he saw any game action before yesterday, when he turned the ball over twice more, actually the first two times he got his grubby little mitts on it, in the wake of Cato getting hurt. Although under Marsh, the Als almost pulled the game out of the fire – they trailed by eight points and were at the Toronto seven yard line when time expired on a glorious Thanksgiving day afternoon – Tanner doesn’t appear to have what is required for success as a quarterback in the CFL (Canadian Football League).
Keep looking, Jim Popp, who would have more time and energy to cut into that task if he were to stop coaching and hire someone who knows what they’re doing behind the bench, as it were. To see Popp, almost pleadingly arguing with the officials – with the game having already been declared as over by said officials – that there was still one – no make it two, two – minutes left, was pathetic.
Shout-out and a question: Peter Marmorek, what’s the difference between the Habs and the Leafs?
Answer: Where shall we start? Defence, offence, goal-tending? What?
Mike Babcock, our featured shot-of-the-day, the Leafs’ $50 million man, is the new kid on the TBO (The Big Onion) block. Supposedly hired to turn things around in Toronto with virtually the same mess (pun intended) of players to “work” with, Babcock finds the team winless in three starts, having garnered one measly point which puts it ahead of the eight teams in the entire League who have zero points as of Tuesday morning.
Not a very promising start but the season is in its very embryonic stages.
Corderre accused the Feds of playing politics over Montreal’s controversial plan to dump about 8 billion litres of untreated waste into the river.
It’s interesting to note that pre-election polls in this country have begun to trend towards Trudeau and the Liberals and away from Mulcaire’s NDP. I never have viewed Justin as that Prime Ministerial although the last time I heard clips of his electioneering, I must admit to being a little more impressed with his sense of gravitas. The fact that more people are apparently taking him seriously is obviously good for the Liberals and their chances in the election, to be held on October 19th, a measly week from tomorrow. Finally.
If you think the Canadian election campaign has been going on too long, imagine what it’s like in the Excited States where the Presidential election is still more than a year away and candidates have been going at it and each other for a good six months already, if not more. When lacking breaking news, the US media can always turn to their election campaign to see what’s happening and to extol its audience with the latest exploits of Hilary Clinton, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and numerous others as well as speculating on the political future of VP Joe Biden. Will he or won’t he throw his hat in the Democratic fight for the Presidential nomination? Seeing Biden recently, literally running around outdoors in a polo and slacks, greeting people, makes one think that he’s trying to prove to observers that even though he is already 72 years of age, he still has the stamina and energy to be the President of the world’s strongest nation. [BELOW: Hilary and Joe: potential political opponents?]
Biden has already engaged in Presidential runs twice before this, both weak-kneed attempts that ultimately failed. Miserably. He is also being accused of planting a story in the NY Times regarding his dying son’s wish, expressed to his dad, that he would like his father to run. More times than not, in interviews, Biden works in some statement or other about his son, who passed away about two months ago. What’s he trying to do? I would hasten a guess that Biden wants the Presidency and will file his papers before the deadline, provided, of course, that he can raise the bread. Head.
What else? The Bruins are not the team they once were. I’ve barely heard of any of their defence men except for Big Z, Zdeno Chara, all six feet-eight of him, thirty-eight years old, at the end of a Hall of Fame career, but injured and out of action. Boston lost its home opener and first game of this 2015/16 hockey season to, of all teams, the Winnipeg Jets, but they didn’t just lose. They were creamed by the Jets, shut out, 4-0. It’s looks like it’s gonna be a long season for Boston and their devoted, faithful fan base and you know something? I don’t care. Let ’em suffer.
Still in the sports domain, say good-bye to the Jays, who would have surprised only a few people had they gone to, and even won, the World Series of baseball. However, the way it looks now, the Jays are virtually done, having lost the first two games of their divisional playoff best-of-five series vs. the Texas Rangers at home, at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, no less! Now they’re in Arlington, waiting to resume their series, which will be happening Sunday.
What has happened to that vaunted Jays offence? With their recently acquired ace, pitcher David Price living down to his poor playoff performances in past years, combined with defensive errors and mental mistakes makes one wonder if the Toronto squad was ready for Texas. Or not. If they weren’t prepared, some of the blame, at least, must be placed on the shoulders of their easy-going manager, John Gibbons who, in answering a question from the media in the wake of the Game 2, fourteen inning loss, made the obvious remark that the Jays need a bunch of runs and fast. No kidding. Stupid question. Dumb answer.
Don Cherry. Believes that there is a conspiracy to ensure that Toronto doesn’t advance because, “they don’t want a Canadian team to win the World Series”. It’s everybody’s fault except the team itself, including the commissioner of MLB who decided to keep the roof of Rogers Centre closed and, as everybody knows, and if they don’t, that jerk, Cherry is there to inform them of the fact that the Jays hit more home runs and win more games with the roof open. Incredible that anyone takes this jingoistic red neck seriously, in any way, shape or form.
Finally a comment on the Republican race for the Presidential nomination – Ben Carson, featured above, may be a neuro-surgeon but he’s evidently also a walking statement that intelligence may not be as important a pre-requisite to get a medical degree as I thought.
His argument that victims of mass murders in the United States may not have been victimized to the same extent if there were more armed people walking around and if these victims had decided to storm the attackers is, to say the least, questionable. Apparently Carson, himself, was once face to face with a gunman whom he told that he, the attacker, should be pointing the gun at the guy behind the bar who was in charge of the cash register.
In answer to the interviewer’s question about why he did that, putting another individual in real danger, he said that he knew that the gun man was there to rob the place, rather than shoot anyone. Nice guy, eh? Lovely.
That’s it; that’s all.
Shout-out to my fellow Mount Royal High School grads, class of 1965, as we prepare for our up coming reunion, with special mention to Barbara Spence (York) and Peter Marmorek.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Be grateful for small mercies.
I just finished watching an interview with Palin, John McCain’s Vice Presidential nominee in 2008, and ended up turning it off before its conclusion.
The selection of Palin by the McCain camp didn’t help his cause, to say the least, and was a major reason for his defeat, I think. Imagining Palin as President if something would have happened to the older McCain was too much to contemplate for any intelligent soul. McCain’s judgement that he would win the female vote simply because his running mate was a woman was totally off-the-mark obviously.
I can’t decide which would be worse for the world – President Palin or President Trump. Gag me with a spoon.
Judging from her “performance” in the above-mentioned CNN spot, she remains totally conservative and just plain ignorant. It says a lot about the Americans that her narrow-minded “views” resonate with so many of them.
From her statement that Obama should have been carrying a big stick instead of a selfie stick on his just-concluded (I think it’s over; ain’t sure) Alaska visit to her idea that Mount McKinley’s name should not have been changed because the name of the national park was changed (it is now Denali), to her belief that Americans should speak “white” echoing her hero Donald Duck, it was all too much.
Palin knew something that I did not and possibly should have as a retired secondary school geography teacher and that is that Mount Danali is the highest peak in North Anerica. What I do know is that Canada’s highest peak is Mount Logan, located in the Yukon Territory. But it is not as high as Mount Danali, though.
By the way, Palin, in epitomizing self service took a second to mention that she has a kid named Danali and a kid called McKinley which I’m sure is all very nice.
In answering a question regarding selective abortion being legalized in the case of a Downs Syndrome fetus (she opposes this) – she said, in case this had slipped our collective mind that her son, Trig, has Downs Syndrome. The only real part of the segment of that interview that I actually watched before closing off in disgust concerned what she said went through her mind when she learned that her yet unborn child was afflicted.
She described being fearful in terms of the enormous challenges which emanate from raising any mentally or physically challenged kid. I must say that I was touched by this.
Needless to say that Palin supports Trump and secretly wants to be his Vice Presidential nominee – birds of a feather can totally fuck us together. Imagine that. She, however, stated that she would like to be Energy Secretary in a Trump administration due to the fact that she would be able to exploit the enormous natural gas and oil deposits in Alaska rather than the USA having to import oil from hostile nations. Umm. Since when is Canada, which is the major source of American oil and gas imports, hostile to the United States? Also, in this context, she had the nerve to indirectly deny the notion of global warming.
On Trump labelling foreign policy questions which he obviously could not answer in a conservative radio host’s interview last week – and I didn’t know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah – which operates mainly in Gaza while Hamas works mostly from Lebanon – on Trump’s calling out a conservative radio host for posing what Trump calls “gotcha” questions, Palin agreed with that characterization. Well no freaking kidding, considering how ignorant Palin was proven to be while running for Vice in 2008.
(Yes, I didn’t know that either but I am not running to be the leader of the free world.)
That’s it for now. Hope your day is being good to you and you, to it.
I disliked that smirky little smile that Tom Brady was wearing, along with his suit, while leaving the court house yesterday. The process was ruled to be flawed, Tom. You’re not off the hook. Outside of New England, you’re perceived as having done something unfair, to say the least.
It doesn’t matter, seemingly, how often NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, screws up. According to John Kryk, it doesn’t matter as long as Goodell continues to make money for the League owners who hired him and to whom he’s responsible, he will continue earning around $50 million a year.
Come off it. A monkey could earn the owners money. What does Goodell do that another person with similar qualifications – and there must be plenty of people out there who fit that description (aside from matching good old boy Roger’s experience as NFL Commissioner obviously), could not? ZEERO, in my opinion.