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March 23rd, 2012:

Friday miscellany…

… complete with Dippers, Lisa Raitt, Ashley (boo-yaa) Madison!

And fish trafficking too!


The NDP leadership convention is this weekend and NDPers from across the nation are flocking to the land of the Toronto Blue Jays (used to be the Leafs) to choose and bless the leader to replace Mr. Jack Layton.

How will they choose? Will they stay the course and keep to their socialist roots? Or will they be more pragmatic than this and pick someone who promised to broaden their appeal to all Canadians by moving toward the centre of the spectrum?

Nick Nanos notes the following:

The fine line this weekend for the NDP will be for the policy driven party members to select the type of leader Canadians expect, while at the same time delivering on populist appeal. Likewise, for fair-weather political junkies (i.e., the majority of Canadians), they will likely tune in to see how well the leadership process is run by the NDP and also whether the winner measures up. Both are key signals that will drive the intermediate term fortunes of the NDP.

Personally, I’d like to see Nathan Cullen take the helm – if for no other reason than the fact that he has endorsed riding-level cooperation among the progressive parties; which is, of course, the only way that this country will rid itself of the disease called Harperitis.

And he has really nice teeth.

As for an outright merger? I don’t think any one of the leadership candidates has the balls to make the changes needed (e.g., remove the whole “socialist-thing” from the party Constitution) to facilitate the marriage. But it will, and must, happen at some point.


So, if I, say, booed or clapped sarcastically at a certain Treasury Board President if I saw him in the lobby of my building, would I be suspended?

I do not condone wildcat strikes, but it seems that a few Air Canada employees were suspended because they “clapped sarcastically” as Lisa “Back-to-work” Raitt picked up her luggage at Pearson Airport (soon to be renamed “Manning Airport” by the Politburo). And in protest, a num,ber of ground workers walked off the job, illegally.

Again, I don’t agree with illegal strikes, but I also don’t agree that the workers, if the story is accurate, should have been suspended. We all have an enshrined freedom to express our opinions and they were simply exercising that freedom. I would have done something similar in the same situation.


Ottawa. City of cheaters. At least according to Ashley Madison. You know, that organisation whose sole aim is to make cheating on your partner just a little easier? Those guys.

OTTAWA — Ottawa is the most “cheater-friendly” city in Canada, according to an infidelity website that allows would-be adulterers to hook up.

According to figured collected by, which has 37,800 members in Ottawa and the surrounding area, 3.87 per cent of residents in the capital area have accessed the website’s services at least once. founder and CEO Noel Biderman is not surprised Ottawa topped the list. It makes sense that Ottawa would have the highest per capita users, he says.

“Compared to the rest of Canada, I don’t know that Ottawa is boring. It’s a place for international people to come and go. There have even been spy scandals.”

Spy scandals?
Well, at least the city and the current membership of the Politburo have something very much in common: a complete disdain for ethical behaviour!



And, I mean, I know it’s The Star, but isn’t this just the laziest article you’ve ever read?

ABERDEEN TOWNSHIP, N.J.—More than 900 students at a New Jersey middle school have been told no more hugging.

The district says Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School Principal Tyler Blackmore made an announcement that students were in a “no hugging school” following some “incidents of unsuitable, physical interactions.”

School Superintendent David Healy says the district has the responsibility to teach children about appropriate interactions.

The superintendent says despite the rule, students who hug will not be suspended.

The superintendent says he believes the principal acted responsibly.

Students range in ages from 11 to 14 in grades six to eight.

Was it “bring your kid to work” day and the Star staff gave the job to a 10 year old?


Red meat makes people happy… well, duh!


Finally, fish trafficking – don’t be drawn into the whirlpool of self-destruction!

h/t to Christina for pointing out this gem!