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Friday miscellany…

… no particular theme edition…


A big problem with social media is that it gives idiots, racists, bigots, misogynists, etc., a tool to spew their ignorant venom.

And such was the case the other night after Joel Ward scored in OT to knock the Bruins put of the NHL playoffs.



A successful Wildrose candidate blamed urban Alberta for the PC win the other day.

Bikman said Tuesday: “I think that these social issues that came up during the last week and the PC’s ability to exploit them, caused some concern in the voters within urban areas, at least, because they didn’t really understand the issues, they didn’t really understand that there was an aspect of free speech.”

Bikman also said rural people “possess more common sense, a least that’s my experience.

“The people who make their living off the land really seem to understand the way nature really works.”

Yup, Myrtle, you country-folk have way more sense than those city-folk with all that learnin’ and stuff!



Lots of email phishing going on these days. Even if you know the sender, think twice about clicking on links if something seems not quite right…

I wonder where that phish has gone.
You did love it so. You looked after it like a son.
And it went wherever I did go.
Is it in the cupboard?
Yes! Yes! No!…
Wouldn’t you like to know? It was a lovely little phish.
And it went wherever I did go.
It’s behind the sofa!
Where can that phish be?
It is a most elusive phish!
And it went wherever I did go.
Ooooh, phishy, phishy, phishy phish!
A-phish, a-phish, a-phish, a-phishy, ooooh.
Ooooh, phishy, phishy, phishy phish!
That went wherever I did go.
Out of the WTF is THIS file:

Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives for up to six hours after their death, local media is claiming.

The controversial new law is claimed to be part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.

It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women’s rights of getting education and employment.

I’m at a loss on this one, kids…
And another one from the WTF is THIS files:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was shouted down during a debate in question period Thursday on the Afghanistan mission for suggesting the NDP – not yet in existence – didn’t even support Canada’s military involvement in the Second World War.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was asking Harper if he intended to extend the Afghanistan mission past 2014 after a Postmedia News report Wednesday said U.S officials had asked Canadian special forces to stay past the withdrawal date.

The prime minister responded the NDP has a pacifistic ideology “regardless of circumstances” and his government would make the right decision for Afghanistan’s security.

“In 1939, the NDP leader didn’t even want to support the fight against Hitler,” Harper said, before being drowned out by cat calls.

“CCF, NDP, same difference,” Harper responded curtly.

As my brother pointed out on Facebook:

If memory serves me correctly, the NDP didn’t support Canada’s involvement in WWI, supported a policy of Canadian neutrality in both the War of 1812 AND the Seven Years’ War – what a bunch of granola eating, tree hugging, whale protecting pacifists!

Mr. Harper is in clear need of a remedial history class. What a kook!


Even though I’m not a fan, congrats to the Ottawa Senators for a great season… the future looks brighter for these guys than for mine
Speaking of the Leafs, there are rumours going around that Roberto Luongo has identified the Buds as one of the teams he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause in his (over-inflated) contract to play for. After careful consideration of the pros and cons, I have the following advice for Brian Burke:
I think Reimer needs to be given another chance, plus there are some great young goalies (e.g., Ben Scrivens) that should be developed. The Leafs would have to give up the fifth pick and/or a top prospect like Jake Gardiner.
So, how did my playoff predictions pan out?

1) NYR vs. 8) OTT

Prediction: Rangers in 5.

Reality: Rangers in 7.

1) VAN vs. 8 LA

Prediction: LA in 7

Reality: LA in 5.

2) BOS vs. 7 WSH

Prediction: Bruins in 6.

Reality: Washington in 7.

2) STL vs. 7) SJ

Prediction: Blues in 5.

Reality: Blues in 5.

3) FLA vs. 6) NJ

Prediction: Yawn… Joisey in 5.

Reality: Joisey in 7.

3) PHX vs. 6) CHI

Prediction: Coyotes in 5.

Reality: Coyotes in 6.

4) PIT vs. 5) PHI

Prediction: Pens in 7. maybe.

Reality: Flyers in 7.

4) NSH vs. 5) DET

Prediction: Wings in 6.

Reality: Nashville in 5.

Not bad. 5 outta 8 correct.


Finally – from the news this morning… might Canadians FINALLY be paying attention?

An NDP surge following the party’s leadership convention has put them in a statistical tie with the federal Conservatives, a new poll suggests.

The Nanos Research monthly tracking poll puts the Conservatives at 34.7 per cent and the New Democrats at 32.4 per cent of committed voters, within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The Liberals are at 23.3 per cent, according to the poll, the Greens at 4.2 per cent and the Bloc Québécois at 3.9 per cent of committed voters. Almost 19 per cent of voters said they were undecided.

The poll suggests the Conservatives’ popularity slipped one percentage point — well within the margin of error — from a previous poll of 1,203 Canadians conducted in February, while the NDP are up 7.4 percentage points.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s leadership numbers, however, appear to have dropped dramatically. While 31.7 per cent of those polled two months ago said he was most trustworthy party leader, that number fell to 20 per cent in April.

Nanos is reliable. Let’s see if this is the beginning of a wonderful trend as Harper’s “trust” numbers plummet even further!


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  1. they didn’t really understand that there was an aspect of free speech.”

    Of course people knew there was an aspect of free speech. Wildrose idiots used their free speech to self-identify as idiots. Albertans in general, not being complete idiots, chose not to vote for Wildrose.

    It restores a bit of faith in Alberta’s politics, IMO.

    Speaking of the Leafs, there are rumours going around that Roberto Luongo has identified the Buds as one of the teams he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause in his (over-inflated) contract to play for.

    I think he’d be great in Toronto. Luongo is an excellent goalie when there’s no pressure. Toronto would give him an opportunity to shine all year, and if he chokes in the playoffs, it’s no big deal anyway. At least Toronto might GET to the playoffs.

    So I see Luongo to Toronto as a win-win. Vancouver can get a non-choking goalie, Toronto can actually get to the playoffs. What more could be asked?

    My predictions were:

    NY in 7 (Yay me!)
    BOS in 6 (Boo)
    NJD in 5 (semi-yay!)
    PIT in 6 (Boo)
    VAN in 5 (WTF??)
    STL in 6 (semi-yay!)
    PHX in 7 (semi-yay!)
    DET in 5 (WTF??)

    so 4/8 with a perfect call on NY vs OTT. Still figuring out what went wrong with VAN and DET.

    I have a hard time understanding how anyone can trust Harper but for some reason enough do to get him elected. Lousy opposition of course has some bearing on that.

    People are choosing the lesser of evils in Canada. With the Cons, you’re getting old-school graft with a bit of openly religious spin.

    But the Liberals? Ignatieff was a scary-useless guy, and nobody in Ontario wants to risk anything that involves Bob Rae, which pretty much sinks the Liberals all on its own. Canadians, collectively, don’t want to brave an NDP government for fear of becoming the next Greece. Green party? Sorry, there’s not enough shrooms in greater Vancouver to bring that one about.

    Canadian elections are basically “would you, the voter, like to be kicked in the arse with a left foot or a right foot.” So far, people are choosing right foot because they think the left foot will miss and get them in the nads.

  2. Dave says:

    I have a hard time understanding how anyone can trust Harper but for some reason enough do to get him elected. Lousy opposition of course has some bearing on that. As for Luongo he is a supremely talented athlete but his goalkeeping mechanics are horrible. As he ages now and the athletic capacity diminishes his performance is going to drop too. He was worse this tear than last and will be worse next then this. If the leafs get him they will have a top flight goalie for a year or two and then will be right back where they are now minus a few million bucks and a few draft picks.

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