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July, 2007:

The lazy daze of summer

I haven’t been active on the posting front lately. My excuses are the following:

1) Been freakin‘ bust work-wise with this.

2) Busy at home with subunits, gardening and general home stuff.

3) Parliament isn’t in session, and the BBQ circuit ain’t generating a lot of controversy.

Oh wait, there’s something! I see it!

Warren , Warren, Warren. You should know better than to blog when drunk. One tends to miss that line where humour blends into something-that-someone-may-find-offensive.

Never mind that if the thought bubble were over one of the guy’s heads and read “I wish very much I was somewhere else, at this very moment. Watching baseball perhaps. Oh my.”

Now I would most certainly be offended by THAT!

OK,OK,OK, I shouldn’t make fun of this. It WAS a bonehead move by WK and yes, stereotypes suck and should be stamped out with the vigour of a tattoo artist at a Marilyn Manson concert.

But back to the point that Kinsella was trying to make. What the frick were those three doing on the same stage as that wacko Randy Hillier. This is a guy who is best know for his anti-government stances on EVERYTHING! I mean, this guy musta been beaten with a brick wrapped in a tax form or something else government-related as a child.

Check this out – from his “rural revolution website:

“Join the rural landowners, farmers and small business – to fight for democracy’s return and a Canadian Bill of Rights – not Government Wrongs. All these intolerable acts are the result of our lost property rights. The Landowners are resolved to make Parliament restore “Our right to own, use, enjoy and earn a living on our private property” – free from the unnecessary and intrusive urban regulations that have closed our sawmills, slaughtered our abattoirs, broken the back of our family farms, threatened our maple syrup producers and clear-cut personal freedom and liberty from our woodlots and lands.”

Yeah – gotta save them abattoirs, Randy.

And here is what is even crazier – this guy has been nominated as the PC candidate in Frontenac, Lennox and Addington for this fall’s provincial election. The slogan on the site is “Rural Rights, Conservative values – there’s more to Ontario than just Toronto.”

Mr. Tory – shouldn’t this have beeen one of the ridings that you should have parachuted someone into? Someone perhaps a bit less, uh, conspiratorial? If your party forms the next government, do you really want this guy on YOUR side of the House?

OK – as someone living in Ottawa, I agree with the last part of the phrase. But what’s with the whole “rural rights” thing that Randy’s whole persona has been built upon for a number of years? This is a guy who has inconvenienced tens of thousands of Ontarians with those asinine tractor motorcades on express highways in and around Ontario cities like Ottawa. With only a very small proportion (15.3% according to 2001 data – this will have dropped when the 2006 numbers are released) of Ontarians living in rural areas, his appeal is (thankfully) rather limited to an even smaller number of confirmed red-necks.

All in all, hopefully Randy and his rural roughnecks are just a flash in the pan that will fade quietly into the soft night and quit annoying the 84.7% of Ontarians who can relate to nary a thing he says.

Nice going, Warren! Now my blood pressure is rocketing again!


Great new report

A new report by the statistical agency of our country is an excellent exploration of some of the environmentally-related behaviours and practices undertaken by households.

Definitely required reading!


The beautiful game

Those of you who are familiar with me on a personal (in a corporeal sense) level are aware that I am a bit of a sports fanatic – but am particularly crazy about hockey and soccer.

We in the Capital are fortunate to be hosting some of the matches for the FIFA U-20 World Cup – the second biggest sports tournament on the planet. Through the soccer association for which I coach my daughter’s U-15 team, I purchased tickets to all of the games being held here in town and am really pumped about today’s matches involving Argentina and North Korea and the U.S. and Brazil.

The Brazilian teams are legendary and the U-20 team has been the springboard to the pros for many fine players. This match should be a joy to watch.

Unfortunately, our own side isn’t really doing so well. They lost to a superior Chilean side 3-0 in their first fixture and lost to a so-so Austrian team last night by 1-0. The Canucks looked slow and outclassed – doing little creative with the ball aside from firing it through the midfield at every opportunity to try and catch the Austrian defenders napping.

It didn’t work.

And that will pretty much tie up the tourney for our side. We never thought for a moment that they could actually win the tournament, but many did think they would get out the group round.

Who to cheer on next? I’m partial to the Congo if they get through – great ball movement and individual skills.

Catch some of the matches on TV or live if you are able – it is simply artistry in motion!