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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!


Update to my last post about the Alberta election…

Yup, some of the biggest wing-nuts can be found the comments sections of the on-line stories.

Check out THIS doozy comment on a CTV News story about a new poll showing that the PCs are creeping back into the race:



A couple of things…

… have me wondering what is being put into the water consumed by the good burghers of a) Toronto and b) Alberta.

Exhibit A, Toronto:

Rob Ford’s approval rating is up.


As in the Mayor, Rob Ford?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s approval rating is at its highest point since last June, a new poll by Forum Research Inc. has found.

The automated telephone poll of Toronto residents found that 47 per cent of those surveyed approve of the mayor’s work, up from 41 per cent last month, and an analysis of the numbers by Forum Research suggests that Mr. Ford would be the likely winner in a three-way race if an election were held today.

Must have something with Leafs being out of the playoffs again. Or the smog. Or the water. or the…

C’mon! Help me people! Throw me a line!

Exhibit B, Alberta:

Well, our good friends in Oil-land will be going to the polls soon to elect a new government. And, Alberta being Alberta, the fight is between a right-wing party and an even more right-wing party. Extremist parties on either end of the political spectrum tend to attract, well, let’s call them “wing-nuts” for lack of a better word.

And nowhere is this more evident than in the upstart Wildrose Party… an Alberta-centric, f*** the rest of Canada group of folks who have a REAL chance of winning this thing. And if they do, Alberta is going to swing more to the right than any southern U.S. state could imagine! Hey, the Tea Party would do well to relocate some offices to downtown Calgary!

Anyhoo.. back to the wing-nuts.

Let’s look at this guy, a premium Grade A Alberta wing-nut if there ever was one. His name is Richard Evans. He’s a good old boy…. well, no… more like a neo-Nazi. He also advocates the murder of peeps whose views don’t line up with his… like, oh, Tweeting that David Suzuki should be assassinated…

h/t to the intrepid Warren Kinsella for posting this…

Aren’t death threats illegal in Alberta?

And let’s look at Allan Hunsperger. This is what he wrote about gays:

Wildrose candidate Allan Hunsperger wrote about his views on homosexuality on his blog in 2011. Hunsperger, a minister with The House church in Tofield, suggested if gays and lesbians continue to choose their sexual orientation they will suffer in the afterlife: “You will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell.”

Hunsperger suggested that for their own sake, gays and lesbians must be made aware of the imperative to change, and not simply accept who they are, as singer Lady Gaga suggests they do. “Accepting people the way they are is cruel and not loving!”

On Sunday afternoon, after this blog post was spread on the Twitter, Hunsperger took down the blog post from his church’s website, but others had copied it and it continued to circulate on the Internet.

Oh yeah… way to go! You win the hate-monger prize of the year!!!! What a FUN guy!!! I can just imagine the cool and interesting convos I could have with him!!

And there are others too! In fact, the party demanded that all candidates – even those vying for nomination at the local level – post a “good behaviour” bond of $1,000 that would be returned if they didn’t do something or say something too stupid during the campaign

Others have a prior history of regretting quotes, too. Wildrose candidate Doug Faulkner, after losing a mayoral re-election bid in Fort McMurray to challenger Melissa Blake, once told the Calgary Herald that “lady mayors don’t go over well in industrial towns.” Another Wildrose candidate, Don Koziak, once kicked off a failed mayoral bid in Edmonton by declaring light-rail transit to be a dirty mode of transportation – cities should just widen roads instead, he said.

Alberta? Do you REALLY want these wackos in charge of your province? Really?

Then you should move to Toronto. You’d be in like company, it seems.