Friday miscellany – pizzachick, chic hotels and Christopher Hitchens…
…I might be going out on a limb here… but I am predicting a green Christmas in Ottawa.
At the risk of being flamed, I gotta say that I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about after hearing Trudeau call Kent a pizzachick! I don’t know what that means, necessarily… maybe it’s a French word I am unfamiliar with.. could be Ukrainian or something, I guess. Could be…
He said WHAT!!!
I like this guy even more than I did before… in spite of his weirdly wicked facial hair…
The Gunners will face AC Milan in the round of 16 in the Champions League… gonna be a tough go… but we’ll pull it off…
So the Canadian Taxpayer Federations thingies have nailed MacKay to the wall with the claim that the Defense Minister spent a small fortune on hotel rooms.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay charged taxpayers $2,904 for a two-night stay at the luxurious Bayerischer Hof when he went to a security conference in Munich, Germany in February of 2010. MacKay arrived in Munich after attending an informal meeting of NATO defence ministers in Turkey, where he billed taxpayers $2,310 for a three-night stay at Istanbul’s Ceylon Intercontinental Hotel. At $1,452 and $770 a night respectively, these room tabs go far beyond what most taxpayers would consider reasonable.
OK. Some of you are gonna freak out here, but I don’t think what he did was all that unreasonable.
Sounds of collective jaws dropping to the floor…
I’m serious. And you know that I am the first to diss the guy. But this is different. Where do we expect the Minster to stay? At a Travelodge? A Super 8? I have done a fair bit of travel and know that, in some parts of the world, it is difficult to find a room rate that any sane person would consider reasonable. It is quite common to find rates of $300+ minimum in Paris, for example. The guy has to stay where the meetings are taking place and where the rest of the delegates or attendees to meetings are staying. The Munich stay might have been excessive, but $700/night is not.
That being said… if this was a Grit Minister, you know that those eager young lads at the CTP and the Cons would be up in arms and calling it HotelGate or something…
The great Christopher Hitchens has died. The world is a lesser place.
1. “It [Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize] would be like giving someone an Oscar in the hope that it would encourage them to make a decent motion picture.”
2. “Hatred, though it provides often rather junky energy, is a terrific way of getting you out of bed in the morning and keeping you going. If you don’t let it get out of hand, it can be canalized into writing.”
3. “A good liar must have a good memory. Kissinger is a stupendous liar with a remarkable memory.”
4. “Cheap booze is a false economy.”
5. About Sarah Palin: “She’s got no charisma of any kind, [but] I can imagine her being mildly useful to a low-rank porn director.”
6. “If you gave [Jerry] Falwell an enema he could be buried in a matchbox.”
7. “The governor of Texas, who, when asked if the Bible should also be taught in Spanish, replied that ‘if English was good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me’.”
8. About Mother Teresa: “She was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”
9. “Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.”
10. “[O]wners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
11. About George W. Bush: “He is lucky to be governor of Texas. He is unusually incurious, abnormally unintelligent, amazingly inarticulate, fantastically uncultured, extraordinarily uneducated, and apparently quite proud of all these things.”
12. About Michael Moore: “Europeans think Americans are fat, vulgar, greedy, stupid, ambitious and ignorant and so on. And they’ve taken as their own, as their representative American, someone who actually embodies all of those qualities.” — his description of American filmmaker Michael Moore.
13. “The four most overrated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics.”
The world? It be doomed… yup.
FINALLY, a very Happy Birthday 8th to my dear youngest daughter! I don’t know what she is more excited about, turning 8, tomorrow’s party, or not having to use a booster seat in the car anymore!!!
Love ya tons, honey!
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