Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Reasons to Hate the Leaves

Okay...

Reason 1:

The NHL is back. 29 of the 30 teams paint the slogan "Thank you, fans" on the ice. Toronto, on the other hand, paints "Thank you, Leafs fans". Typical obnoxiousness.

Reason 2:

INXS, while on a promotional tour for their new, soon-to-be-release CD "Switch", sing the national anthems at a Toronto Maple Leafs (sic) home game. All but one of the members of the band are Australian and probably know NOTHING about hockey. They are all wearing Leafs (sic) jersies. Obnoxiousness.

Reason 3:

Oddly, the Leafs (sic)have won the past few games while enjoying a 5 on 3 power play. Very odd, given the set of circumstances that have to be present for that to happen. Can you say "fixed"?

Reason 4:

Based on Reason #3, they have won more games than they should have, simply due to somewhat questionable calls by the refs. I mean, once in while it happens, but at least two games in a row?? Too suspicious.

Reason 5:

It appears that only Leafs (sic) home games are in High Definition.

Reason 6:

There is no such word as "Leafs" in the english language.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Wha?

(Okay...okay...I know I am blasting too many posts all at one, but hey...the floodgates seem to be open right now...if anyone has an RSS feed of my site, my apologies for inundating you (though, I doubt anyone does).)

Now, to the meaning of the title of this post..."Wha?". Check out this nutbar called Dr. Kamau Kambon and some of the things he said in an address at the Howard University Law School...essentially he is telling people that we (meaning blacks) should exterminate all white people.

Around the same time ABC news had this headline: Young Singers Spread Racist Hate. So, in the interest of unbiased news reporting, where is ABC's headline: African American Doctor Spreads Racist Hate? I mean, I'm just asking.

Can anyone say The Turner Diaries. How does that book (and I am stretching the definition of the word "book" here) differ from the comments of this nutcase? Oh...right...he's black...he can say these things. I guess that's it.

If a white guy had said something like that, the blogosphere would be all over it. Funny. Funny, too, how it was a black blogger from whom I first heard of this (La Shawn Barber).

The Left and the Right

You know, I consider myself all over the political spectrum. I don't have any particular allegiance to the political left or the right. So, I think I might have a fairly objective viewpoint.

The blogosphere is dominated by those with left-wing opinions, educated or not. The tone of most of their diatribes remind me of the same diatribes I see coming out of the Right. But whereas the Right is harsh and insulting, the Left tends to be condescending...like anyone with opinions that differ from theirs is substandard and a fool.

Rarely have I ever seen anyone from either side admit to being wrong and modifying their opinions...but less so from anyone on the Left. This is the same argument I had about unions: how viable is an organization if, in its own collective mind, IT IS NEVER WRONG? When is the last time a union has said "Oops, we screwed up. Boy, were we ever wrong. Sorry about shutting down the company...can you reopen the factories so we can get our jobs back?"? I mean, the present US administration is a prime example of Right-wing loonies who cannot admit they have screwed up, but since the Left is "so intelligent" and "knowledgable" about everything to do with life, the universe, and everything, they must be intelligent enough to realize that they can, and are, often wrong on issues.

Nope. Not in my experience. For proof, I offer any number of left-of-centre blogs as proof.

Petals around the rose

Interesting brain teaser. Blindingly simple, once you know the answer. It took me a good 20 minutes, then I turned off my brain and looked at the dice.

Essentially, you roll, in this case, 5 dice (5 die?). The score is either a 0 or an even number. All you, as a newbie, can be told is:

The name of the game is Petals Around the Rose
The name is significant
Every answer is zero or an even number



That's all the hints you get. When the dice are rolled, you can always be told the score, but not how it was calculated.

If you ever figured it out, you become part of the Potentate of the Rose and are pledged...

...to be a cruel and heartless wretch who will never divulge the secrets of membership even under threat of the Rack and has taken an oath to comfort the miserable, ill, unfortunate and anguished members of the STUPE CLUB. Impossible as it may seem, each member has vowed to convert all STUPES to the grand and glorious P.A.T.R.


Check it out here: Petals Around the Rose

Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Dumbass Scammers

Got this email today:

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Man, must be my lucky day! Yippeee...

Oh wait...the dumbass sent me this letter, dated Nov 15th, 2005. The draw TOOK place on November 29th, 2005. In order to claim my prize I had to respond by the deadline of Sept 30th, 2005. Sooo...lemme get this straight...I had to claim my prize 2 months before the numbers were actually drawn and I wasn't told about any of this until a month and a half AFTER the deadline, but the draw isn't for another 2 weeks?

Now all I need is a Delorean loaded with a flux capacitor and I can go (BACK TO?) the future, ensure my numbers were drawn, then go back to Sept 29th and send in a claim for my prize...

You think I could sue this Mr Collins Smith guy?

Monday, November 14, 2005

Thoughts on Politics as a "Career"

Now that a federal election is imminent, I keep thinking about an idea I had a while back regarding the seemingly constant problems with corrupt politicians.

I don't think anyone should choose to run for office....I think it should be like jury duty. Every 4 years, a random selection is made in each riding of potential candidates (like potential jurors...!). Administrative representatives from each party choose from those available (like jury selection). These are the people who will run in the election for each party. One way to be disqualified is to have shown any interest at all in RUNNING for political office. Nor can you be a lawyer or an accountant. Perhaps a basic personality and intelligence test...though, to some, that may sound elitist.

You can only serve a maximum of 8 years (two terms). Your 2nd four years is voluntary. No one is eligible for a Senate position (in fact, the Senate would be abolished).

From within the candidates of each party selected to run in an election, someone is chosen to be the PM (no convention, only those selected to run can choose their "leader").

Also, after every election, the Deputy Ministers of every federal department are reviewed, exhaustively. This will weed out the corrupt ones, hopefully. This is done by ALL the people elected, regardless of the governing party.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Cultural Mosaic, my ass

Fred's (Fred On Everything) latest column hits the nail right on the head. Oh, the left wingies will wring their hands at him and call him nasty things like racist and redneck, but what they can't successfully do is refute his arguments. Go on..if you be a left wingnut, I dare ya. Refute them with FACTS...not with pie-in-the-sky, holding-hands-across-the-nation opinions on what you think SHOULD happen, and SHOULD be, but actual, irrefutable facts.

The question: can a society live in harmony when a part of that society has morals and values fundamentally different from the other parts?

Second question: Does throwing money at issues really solve anything?

Monday, November 07, 2005

Riots in France

The first fatality was recorded in the ongoing riots in France that has begun to spread to other parts of the country.

Typical for a politician in France, President Chirac, finally made some public comments - 11 DAYS AFTER THIS ALL STARTED!

“The law must have the last word,” Chirac said after a security meeting with top ministers. France is determined “to be stronger than those who want to sow violence or fear, and they will be arrested, judged and punished.”


Man, that must have the rioters in a state of panic.

Of course, now that there has been a fatality, it is only a matter of time before France surrenders.