Monday, July 31, 2006
How Monte Kwinter squares this fact with his barefaced lies to the media that 'she remains in charge until October,' I'm not quite sure, except that, of course, lying would come naturally to Mr. Kwinter after all those years of being a Liberal.
So presumably, she's not working unpaid for the Irish, and being in charge of the OPP until October (maybe by MSN Messenger?) she continues to be paid by the taxpayers of Ontario. Nice work if you can get it.
This ties in with another case of double-dipping I came across the other day. A representative of the elementary teachers' union was on CBC, expressing 'concern' that the government might investigate the excessive number of sick days teachers are taking these days. She didn't feel that an average of 12 days, or up to 20 days off sick was unreasonable.
Three or four weeks off sick, out of 9 working months each year seems high and I'm sure it bears investigation, but the real kicker for me was the revelation that teachers get paid for sick days not taken at the end of the year. That's right. If you show up for work for all the days you're supposed to, you get paid twice for 20 of them. Apparently this applies to most people in the public sector in Ontario. Budget deficit, anyone?
Of course, on the days when a teacher does call in sick, the taxpayer is bilked three times over: once for the teacher who's at home in bed, once for the supply teacher, and once at the end of the year to reward the supply teacher for not being sick that day. Makes my head hurt, but I bet it makes sense to Monte Kwinter.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Let's suppose for one minute that we accept the Great Myth put about by lang, Tewksbury and their ilk, that there is any major significance in the PM's decision. What then; will the PM be expected to attend swinger's clubs to show his tolerance of others' sexualities? Should he go to a strip club regularly to show his solidarity with exotic dancers? Would lang and Tewksbury extend the same tolerance to pedophile groups and expect the PM to show up at their meetings? The notion of the PM being expected to show at any event, based solely on the sexuality of those participating is a nonsense.
I'm a firm believer that the state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation, but if that's the case, then demanding political attention based on sexuality is also a no-no. It's time for the homosexual lobby to practice what they preach, and do what they say it is they want, which is to get on with their lives and live as who they are. They don't need special attention from any politician in order to do that.
Tewksbury has said (in an Ottawa Citizen article accompanied by an Adonis-style photo shoot) that the Outgames have enabled him to be whole; both gay and an athlete. If that's true, I'm surprised he needs validation from PMSH. It was however, touchingly naive of him to think that nobody knew he was gay until he came out. C'mon... with those looks, that voice and that fashion sense? Please....
Friday, July 28, 2006
The One leaves behind a grieving Canadian, left-wing, pseudo-cool, fake political hack turned big-time presenter, and a large hole in the CBC television schedule. George Strombolombolombolombol (that's enough ombols - Ed) was also injured in the train wreck. CBC spin doctors are working urgently to save his career.
The One was already missed by just about everyone, and now will be missed by noone. Peter Mansbridge, a remote acquaintance, said "Now I get my slot back, at least until next years' playoffs."
- On Monday, Ottawa Police announce they will investigate the OPP's (non) actions in Caledonia.
- At the same time, Ottawa Police Chief Vince Bevan resigns.
- On Tuesday Justice David Marshall orders what passes for a police force and a government in Ontario to once again explain why they are ignoring his court's orders and not even attempting to enforce the law in Caledonia.
- On Friday OPP Commissioner Gwen Boniface resigns, and plans to emigrate to Ireland.
- The same Gwen Boniface was silent for months in the face of criticism of her force, then came up with a weak and ineffective defence a few weeks' back. Insiders say the 'restraint' exercised by OPP in Caledonia was as a result of orders from top brass, including Boniface.
No wonder she didn't give a monkey's testicle what was happening in Caledonia. She already knew it would be Somebody Else's Problem.
More, including idiotic comments from idiotic Community Safety Minister Monte "Twinkie" Kwinter, here: http://hallsofmacadamia.blogspot.com/2006/07/boniface-bails.html
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
But the leader of the Canada-ites, Harp-er, standeth steadfast by the side of the Israelites and praiseth the measure of their response.
When they heard this, the Global-ites, the Mail-ites and the Star-ites were angered and they rose up, saying, "Yea, this shall cost the Harp-er votes, see if it doeth not." And the great Leader of the Liberal-ites also riseth, saying "Wherefore abandoneth Harper the role of honest broker?"
And the multitude of the Gallery of the Press threateneth Harp-er, saying "Wherefore wilt thou not give us bites of sound, or answereth our questions? Wilt thou not throw us a frick-in bone?" But Harper leadeth onward and heedeth them not. "Then shall we smite thee in the Med-ia," sayeth the Gallery, but their threats were empty, for the People simply yawneth.
And the assembly of the Canada-ites heareth all and wondered among themselves saying "What manner of Leader hath we elected, who heedeth not the Polls of Opinion." And Harper's stock raiseth higher with the People.
Now, I am not a fan of Karla Homolka. Her crimes were horrific, and I don't know if she is a reformed character or not. But, rightly or wrongly, she has served the amount of time she was to serve and she is a free woman. Many might want her back behind bars, but that's not going to happen. What, then, is the best outcome that we can hope for? Surely it has to be that she does not reoffend.
I just don't see how sensationalist journalism and endless stalking is going to help. I have no objection to her neighbors knowing about her presence; they can take steps to protect themselves and their families. But keeping a national spotlight on Homolka, keeping her on the run and on the move, keeping her from any kind of normal life, is not going to help the cause of anyone's safety.
The truth is, the reporter and his tabloid brand of journalism are simply there to sell airtime and newspapers. The goals of public safety and rehabilitation would be far better served by discreet, local, management of Homolka, out of the camera's sight.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
I haven't seen Mr. Millan's show, although I doubt that a half hour TV show tells all there is to tell about the life of any dog or any dog trainer. But, curious, I went to check out his website at http://www.dogpsychologycenter.com/. At the bottom of the opening page, the rather bold claim is made:
"In essence, CMI plans to make the world a better place, one dog at a time."
Interesting... I started to look for some information about Mr. Millan's methods, or some advice for struggling owners (not that my corgis are problem dogs, I hasten to add). However, it seems that Cesar Millan Incorporated doesn't offer even a hint of a whiff of a trace of advice for free. Rather than making the world a bettter place one dog at a time, it seems Mr. Millan actually wants to make the world a better place $29.95, taxes, shipping and handling excluded, at a time.
Colour me cynical, but that's reason enough for me to avoid the man and his methods.
Respecting Kate's wishes, I refrained from commenting there. But I will use the freedom of my own blog to respond. In these situations, a trust fund for the children is not a substitute for an insurance policy, but it is a way for a town, a region, a province or a nation, to respond collectively to the sacrifice of one of their servants. We don't know these officers or their children, but the officers were working for each and every Canadian when they gave their lives. Each and every Canadian owes them a debt, and the trust fund lets those who wish and who are able to, repay a little of that debt.
We give, because they gave, and their children gave.
Monday, July 24, 2006
My life in backwoods rural Ontario is a world away, both figuratively and literally, from the world I knew then as a young man. But Dave reminded me of the life we both shared at that time - a group of young men and women, eager to serve their country. Young, frivolous, playful, often drunk, and yet deadly serious about the calling they had chosen to pursue. None of them had any illusions about a military career, or about what that career could mean to them and their families.
It is a salutory reminder in these days when some of our own have and will continue to fall in Afghanistan. I suspect, that like my friends in the UK, our troops are serious about their calling and under no illusions about the possible outcome of their work. Certainly, this young man is.
The mass hysteria of the mainstream media, led by the CBC, when one of our soldiers is lost, would be alien to my friend, and I suspect it is alien to many of the comrades of Canada's fallen. The crocodile tears of left-wing politicians are a poor tribute to a brave soldier.
Far better to recognise the bravery and sacrifice, the dignity and honor of those who serve, whether they fall or not. That is what the young men and women I went to school with understood, and that is what they would expect and want. A soldier should be allowed to serve and die with dignity and not end his days as a political football punted this way and that by the chattering classes.
Reflecting the findings of this poll, in a randomly selected 30 minute sample of Ottawa Morning today, 3 minutes were devoted to sports, 6 to a local newscast, 3 to weather, 2 to traffic and the remaining 16 to interviews and 'interpretation' bashing Stephen Harper.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Bill Graham is a slimy, hypocritical, weasel who should put his defence cuts where his mouth is and risk his own neck in the crumbling military hardware he inflicted on a generation of our soldiers, sailors and airmen.
In fact, I expect it was the gun registry that tipped the RCMP off. Now don't you feel better about your $1,000,000,000.00?
I've been silent on the Mideast situation, because, to be honest, I don't know an awful lot about it and, from what I do know, I think it's very complicated.
That said, I am finding the wholehearted and one-sided support of the Israeli destruction of southern Lebanon just a little difficult to take.
Two soldiers have been kidnapped, and this has unleashed an air, land and sea bombardment from Israel, using state of the art US weaponry. Hezbollah is responding in kind with the slightly blunter instruments at its disposal. Tit for tat, eye for eye, and so it goes on. Civilians are the victims on both sides of the border, although in far greater numbers on the Lebanon side.
No doubt it's true that Iran and Syria are being opportunistic and using Hezbollah to achieve wider aims. But it must also be seen that Israel is not averse to seizing this opportunity to destroy its own enemies and to use extreme force with impunity.
The quality of writing and debate in the blogosphere is what brought me here and I'm saddened to see a less than reasoned, almost zealously one-sided position being adopted by most conservative bloggers. Let's try to keep more of an open mind and recognize that both sides are capable of ulterior motives, that both sides are probably more worried about their political goals than civilian deaths and that we should be applying the same moral standards when judging the actions of both sides.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
I lasted three days with Vista. Buggy, slow, unpredictable, harder on the eyes than the OS it replaces. However, the real story is not what leads someone to want to lose Vista, it's how difficult it is to do. Once the Beta is on your drive, there's no way to uninstall it. No problem, I thought to myself, I'll just reformat the hard drive and reinstall XP. I had (of course) backed up all our personal files and settings before the Vista adventure began.
Two attempts later and XP still wasn't recognising any hardware on the laptop during the install. Thankfully having internet access from my other machine I was able to search around, and determine that the XP CD that shipped with my computer didn't support the Intel CoreDuo CPU that was in my computer. The technical details of the next 5 hours, I will spare you.
However, the upshot of all this is that I have been thinking about how OSs are named and represented by members of the animal kingdom.
First, MacOS X. All versions of this OS are named after big cats. Sleek, elegant, powerful, fast, efficient, with no excess weight. The tiger and the jaguar are perfect metaphors for what is the best desktop OS on the market today. And of course, when it comes to security, who's going to attack a tiger?
Next, Linux: The Penguin. To the uninitiated, a slightly awkward and ungainly creature, and on land, perhaps that's a fair impression. But watch March Of The Penguins, or see them slide gracefully into the water and swim, and a different penguin emerges. Highly optimised for their environment, graceful, and benign. No penguin has ever set his sights on world domination. The perfect metaphor for the open source OS.
Finally Windows. Before someone coined the Vista name, this version was known as Longhorn. To me, this is a kind of sheep. And again this fits. Large, woolly, not very clever and born to follow, never to lead. Sheep are, of course, also prone to bloating. This describes Windows perfectly. Vulnerable to attack from many predators, Windows needs regular shearing to keep it down to size. And it's only tasty when it's very young. When it gets old, it gets tough and tasteless.
The next time I'm shopping for a computer or an OS, I'm going to be considering what kind of animal I'd like in the machine.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
It strikes me that there is some irony in the fact that many of the virtues of good governance, social order and responsibility that the British imposed on their colonies have been maintained by the independent states making up the Commonwealth, while the British themselves have largely abandoned most of the things that made them Great.
I have travelled widely throughout Commonwealth countries and have lived here in Canada for 10 years, but still occasionally make it back 'home'. Modern Britain is a mean, materialistic, society, with little regard for education, order and respect. What matters now is what car you drive, what training shoes you wear and how much your house has gained in value in the last week. Crime is rampant, albeit mostly petty crime, and many people live daily with a fortress mentality.
By contrast, Australia, India, Singapore, New Zealand and to a lesser extent Canada, maintain many of the traditions of social order and good governance that the British left with them. In Perth, Australia, it is illegal for a teenager to sit on public transit if an adult needs a seat. Without exception, the young people I met there were polite, respectful, well educated and proud to be so. In Britain it's fashionable to be as ignorant as possible.
India and Singapore have maintained the 'old-fashioned' British education system, while in Britain that has wilted. The Commonwealth remembers what the Old Country has forgotten and is the better for it.
Friday, July 14, 2006
I have been trying to get myself fired up about things, but with limited success. Flaming Ontario's Liberals over the Caledonia farce is easy, and yet somehow unsatisfying. On the federal level, it seems that the more the government does the less people feel the need to say, even including the petulant Parliamentary Press Gallery.
Hence my new theorem, that in political life, as in most other walks of life, action is inversely proportional to talking. An old friend of mine expressed this succinctly in the email signature "And we're going to keep having meetings, until we find out why nothing's getting done."
Stephen Harper has essentially arrived in 24 Sussex, quietly and effectively got on with the job of governing and has done things. Alien as this is to Canadians, it would seem to be welcome, or at least not unwelcome, even among many who don't share the Conservative viewpoint. Stephen Harper has won grudging approval from most of the people I know, even those of a Liberal or Dipper bent. And even they are left with less to say.
I will be looking for more material here, and have a suspicion that Ottawa City Hall will continue to provide rich pickings. So we at the Doggerel Party are back, and it's time for us to do less and say more once again.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
None of us would want to be in his place, or have to live the rest of our lives with the label that will forever be attached to him. So credit where it's due and kudos to Mr. Fernandes.
There but for the grace of accessible washrooms go many young men. Let he (or she) who has never been completely, mind crushingly, reason removingly drunk and done stupid things cast the first stone.
The intent here was clearly to depict Mr. O'Connor as arrogant, heartless and joking about the very serious subject matter of the report. It's a low journalistic trick and one for which the reporter and CBC should apologise.
Friday, July 07, 2006
But there is one group of people who've suddenly had a lot of good luck out of this situation.
Liberal-friendly ad agencies.
Steve Janke has all the details.
Does the concept of turning a national crisis into an opportunity for funneling taxpayer dollars back to political cronies (and in turn back into party coffers) sound familiar....? We're going to need a bigger brush and more tar over here......
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Presumably, Argyle Street will be bundled along with the other 267 acres of land that McGuinty has already gifted to Six Nations, wrapped in a red ribbon with a 'Love From Dalton' card.
There is so much wrong with this picture it's hard to know where to begin. What a pathetic excuse for a government we have here. To the victor go the spoils, and the victor here is Six Nations. McGuinty has caved to every threat, to every act of violence. He's done nothing to protect the 'non-native' residents of Caledonia, and has prevented the OPP from doing anything. He's created a two-tier justice system that sets a precedent for years to come.
If the 'non-native' victims here were Toronto or Ottawa upper-middle class metrosexuals like him, you can bet Dalton would be at least bleating a little louder. But most rural Canadians don't vote Liberal and Dalton can afford to throw them to the Six Nations wolves.
Maybe, just maybe, if enough is made of this situation in the media, right-thinking Ontarians elsewhere can at least teach Dalton and his cronies that crime doesn't pay at the ballot-box. It's already too late for the Six Nations to learn that lesson.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Either way, I think the private marriage providers are missing a valuable marketing opportunity here, because if a bride wants to wear perfume on her wedding day, she isn't going to be able to do it at Ottawa City Hall, thanks to Cllr. Alex Cullen and his tame band of moonbats.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Imagine my surprise then, on discovering that the (admittedly excellent) pint of Church Key Holy Smoke I enjoyed recently at the Sam Jakes Inn in Merrickville set me back virtually all of $9 by the time taxes were factored in - $7.50 plus tax. This is a full 40% more expensive than anywhere else I have ever drunk, or anywhere I have ever got drunk for that matter.
Having consumed the beer, there's not much choice but to pay the exorbitant bill, and just not go back. But being so dramatically ripped-off leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
While the 'men' in the Citizen story are said to have laughed as their pictures were taken (presumably the Citizen is using the term 'man' loosely here), let us hope that at least for the one individual whose picture graced the front page today there might now be some shame. It's one thing to laugh about when you're drunk, but quite another to have to face the stares of people on the street; the disgust of friends and family; the muttered asides at your place of work. Let's hope this individual suffers all this and more.