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Saturday, June 04, 2005

Photo Caption Contest, #3--Special Phil Spector edition


musical genius, possible murderer, probable abuser of hair products.
note though--as the hair gets bigger, the glasses get smaller.
very interesting.
leave comments--the snarkier, the better!

Birthday suggestions

I don't normally go freaking ga-ga over cars (sorry Dad!), but I reeeeeeeeeeeeally want one of these:


It would be the exact amount of incentive required for me to get my driver's license.

Do you think he's connected to the "Piano Man" guy?

From NakedWisdom's blog, a big-time mystery that somehow managed to not grab headlines in either Canada or the US, despite the fact that an explosives expert went missing for two years, while stationed in Afghanistan.

The following excerpt is from the Above Top Secret News Network site:

That's right, this man has avoided being found by the Canadian NIS for almost 2 years. And they knew where to look - Thailand. That's where Paisley headed in August 2003. But first, he cleared out his bank account, got his personal business in order, grabbed his laptop and flew to Thailand, never to be heard from by his family or the Canadian military again.
If he had shown up with a drugged-out naked Courtney Love at his side, would more questions have been asked? What if Paisley had demonstrated musical talent?
Not wanting to show any disrespect, but is Tom Cruise's alleged love life really more important than this story?

Some weekend fun things

...'cuz the name of the page still ain't "Rantcentral"tm, right?

First, from E!online's "Watch With Kristin", a cool little item for Lost fans, and even newbies or stragglers.

1. Go to the "official" Oceanic Airlines Website.

2. At the bottom, where it says "Travellers," enter Hurley's unlucky lottery numbers: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.

3. Click the "Find" button.

4. Click on the row numbers on the flight's seating chart that match Hurley's numbers.

5. Don't blink.

6. Change shorts.

7. Figure out what the hell it all means.

8. Email me.

9. Keep digging. The site has much more to spill.


the numbers again are: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42 . Let the guessing games begin. My heart was pounding after that. Make sure that your sound is on.

Not a Lost fan, but still want to experience some interactive Flash-fun? Thanks to my awesome friend Catherine, I bring you The Sith Sense!

Darth Vader asks you 20 questions and tries to guess the identity of an object that you have in your mind.

The first time, my object was a baseball. He guessed on question #20.

The second time, it was a frog. He guessed in 17. I suck.

The third time, it was a dildo. Sorry, mom. Darth failed after 27 questions. Feeling better about myself, still a bit sucky though.

The fourth time, it was a cat. He guessed, but only after 24 questions, so who won there?

Try it, you'll like it!

Have fun, kiddies, and play nicely!

Qur'an abuses? What Qur'an abuses?

This is horrible. This is abyssmal. This is beyond disrespectful.

This is the path to total and absolute religious warfare. If the Abomination cannot see that, could someone please remove him from office, before anyone else dies because of his idiocy?

Replace "Qur'an" with "Bible" in the following text, and let yourself imagine the howls or outrage the fundies would let loose, if it were happening to their people:
The latest confirmed abuses are contained in a report put together by Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, the commander of the detention center in Cuba. They include: splashing urine on a prisoner and his Qur'an, stepping on and kicking the Qur'an, throwing water on it, and scratching an obscenity on the inside cover.

It is no longer about Newsweek and an apology. Muslims everywhere deserve one. This needs to end now, and the people at the top need to fall.

Rant finis~~

When did name-calling replace diplomacy anyway?

North Korea calls Cheney 'bloodthirsty beast'

Okay, I'll grant them that one, but how does that move along the bridge-building agenda?

--excerpt--
Earlier this week, in an interview with CNN, Cheney said North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il was "one of the world's most irresponsible leaders" who neglected his people, and ran a police state.

Following that remark, I'm frankly surprised that Kim didn't come back with, "I know you are but what am I?"

Kids these days!

Friday, June 03, 2005

Breaking news--Karla out on conditions

I still don't agree with it, and I'm pretty certain that she doesn't either, but this is the latest on the Homolka case.

She must also report to the nearest police station on the day of her release and tell them:
*where she is living
*who are her roommates
*notify police of any change of name
*report to a police station the first
*Friday of every month (or arrange another time)
*give 96 hours notice if she plans to move
*three days notice if she plans to go away for more than a weekend
*complete and specific information about any travel plans leaving
Quebec she must give police her travel plans
*no contact with people with a criminal record
*no contact with her former husband Paul Bernardo
*no contact with former victims Jane Doe or Nicole T.
*no contact with the French or Mahaffy families
*not allowed to possess drugs or illicit substances
*cannot be in a job which gives her access to benzodiazepine, opiates or barbiturates
*no job or volunteer with people under the age of 16
*must continue therapy and counselling
*provide police with a DNA sample

The judge said Homolka had better obey the conditions over the next 12 months, or
else they will be renewed. If she breaks any conditions she faces two years in jail.


I never thought that I would be on her side--ever!

my last post not-withstanding...


...don't you think that it is still really neat that we don't know for certain whether or not Jack and Meg White of the band the White Stripes, were ever married, or if they're siblings? Or both? We should know everything about everyone right? Isn't that the promise of Google? Anyway, Jack's marriage seems like a perfect screw-you, I'm-so-over-you to ex, Renee Zellweger. You go, boy!

have a better one.

we look to the south for distractions

If it were not for our American neighbours, Canadians might actually have to pay attention to what is going on in our own country. Save for the premier of the third ("turd") edition of Canadian Idol, there hasn't been that much homegrown entertainment news in the past few weeks. Well, CanWest did cancel Train 48. (sound of crickets chirping)

Thank you then, for the continuing trainwrecks that are the Michael Jackson trial, Paris Hilton and the other Paris, Tom Cruise and his gushing love, and all things Star Wars-ish.

Mind you, when we really should be paying attention. as in the recent parliamentary showdown, we rise up to meet the challenge. Of course, the whole affair had all of the soap operatic themes of power, betrayal, and thwarted love. For a moment or two, House feeds started to look a bit like Desperate Housewives. Would it have been so appealing if it had been Elsie Wayne crossing the floor? Maybe...?

With the exception of Conservative caucus meetings, though, the Gomery inquiry is being met with a collective "meh" on a daily basis. Hardly the same type of Ken Starr attention, right?

Pogge has a great post about the Maher Arar case, and how our major media outlets are reporting it. "It doesn't pass the smell test," he writes. Not a lot does these days.

Perhaps desperate for our own Watergate governmental full-nelson, the Grewal tape saga seems to veer daily, between being outright damning towards the Liberals and simply embarrassing to the Conservatives. Buckets of Grewal has been monitoring the case for a while. Try it, you'll like it!

None of this grabs our attention the same way as Tom Cruise expressing his love, on Oprah. How could it?

Sliding Into Chaos--the Canadian Iraq?

From Matt Good's blog, this is a link to a story on Rabble about Canada's occupation-slash-peacekeeping efforts in Haiti.

The way Yves Engler tells it, the Haitians don't really dig their imposed leader.

Hmm...
On April 27, thousands of peaceful anti-coup demonstrators were fired upon by
the Haitian National Police (HNP) and, according to Amnesty International, nine
protesters were killed. Subsequent video footage shows the police planting a gun
besides a dead demonstrator. The HNP has fired on demonstrators at least four
times in Port Au Prince over the past few months; each time they claim
protesters were armed or violent.
Yeah, this doesn't sound familiar at all, does it?

vacation frenzy



Today is my last day of work, for a whole week.

There's so much to do before I leave. I have to create and send detailed instructions for my replacement; change my out-of-office notification; make sure that all important files are off of my desk, and ensure that work is delegated evenly.

Add to all of that a last-minute flurry of vacation requests from my staff to approve.

Don't forget the two new students who started this week. I can't believe the amount of trouble one of them has caused in only three days. She hadn't been in the building for more than five hours when I was inside a closed room with her, asking her to cease and desist being such a distraction in her training room.

True to my title of "Boss From Hell', she started crying. Here I am, with no Kleenex. Mind you, the last time that I offered a weeping employee some Kleenex, she ended up being allergic to the moisturizing lotion in the paper, and her eyes started puffing up. So it was probably all for the best. That's what I've told myself, anyway. Tears in the workplace unnerve me.

Oy.

Unfortunately for me, she appreciated the honesty that I showed towards her so much, and she now figures that I am the only person in the building that she can trust. Yay--a new friend. She sat at my desk at the end of the day yesterday asking me to reassure her that her job was secure.

I'm so glad that I've developed a poker face. Still can't win at cards, mind you...

Yeah, I'm looking forward to a week away.

Happy Friday, kiddies!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Deep Throat 1992

Here is a link to the 1992 Atlantic Monthly article, alleging Mark Felt's ties to Deep Throat. The amazing thing is that it actually took 13 more years to have the mystery solved.

Any chance that we could start looking for Osama?

Faux News--Now Less Fair, Always Unbalanced!

In a fun-filled week, during which one notorious Deep Throat was revealed, and another notorious Deep Throat became engaged, comes perhaps the biggest shocker of all: Fox News--umm, sit down for this!!!--its kinda prejudicial towards conservatives.

--link--

--excerpt--

Fox News Admits Bias!

Even we at Fox News manage to get some lefties on the air occasionally, and often let them finish their sentences before we club them to death and feed the scraps to Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly. And those who hate us can take solace in the fact that they aren't subsidizing Bill's bombast...

Next thing you know, Bill "The Thrill" O'Reilly may even confess that his Zone may actually contain a bit of Spin.

DEVELOPING!!!

--wait a frickin' minute!!! Did he just admit that Karl Rove works for Fox News? Maybe the White House should be asked to comment on this one?


Ever notice how these things only happen to guys?

I don't mean to imply that women are less sexually adventurous than men, and the good folks at the Darwin Awards probably have evidence to the contrary--but damn if it isn't always the guys who buy the farm trying to get off a bit.

--link--

--excerpt--

Sex experiment killed man

A man died after a sexual experiment involving dental anaesthetic went badly wrong, an inquest heard today. David Baron, 58, was found dead wearing women's clothes and hooked up to a machine pumping out nitrous oxide.

As always, judgments are harmful. He died smiling. That's the message.

Ahh...those crazy Brits!

Fresh-Squeezed Motivation

I don't make this stuff up, folks. I swear!

--full story--
--excerpt--
Coach Resigns After Allegedly Using Penis As Object Lesson

According to a Coral Gables police report, Gulliver Prep School baseball coach Lazer Collazo dropped his pants, took out his penis, pointed at it and his testicles, and asked the team if they "had a set of these or were they equipped with a vagina."

I know not every one can be an Anthony Robbins or a Knute Rockne, but geez! Do jocks still wonder why they get reputations of being insensitive clods?

Impeach Bush Now--Nader drops the "I" Bomb

Technorati link:

With the revelation this week of Deep Throat's identity, and the re-ascension of Bill Clinton on to the world stage, don't you think that it is more than time to start drawing up the articles of impeachment?

Ralph Nader does. And how--



Eighty-nine members of Congress have asked the president whether intelligence was manipulated to lead the United States to war. The letter points to British meeting minutes that raise ''troubling new questions regarding the legal justifications for the war." Those minutes describe the case for war as ''thin" and Saddam as ''nonthreatening to his neighbors," and ''Britain and America had to create conditions to justify a war." Finally, military action was ''seen as inevitable . . . But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy."
It should no longer be a question of whether or not it should be done, but rather why has it not been done yet? And of course, how far of a net to cast?

Ralph isn't alone. Not by a long-shot. It is as though the articles of impeachment just wrote themselves.

I could keep going.

And going.

I could go all day.

I haven't even worked up a sweat.

That being said then, of course it will never happen. It is simply to popular a choice to make. The people didn't want Clinton to be impeached. Publicly neutered, sure. But not impeached. Blow jobs--sorry--adulterous oral sex and splooging on dresses bought at the Gap--are not worthy of being punished by removal from office.

Sending thousands off to die, and lying to the world to justify it, and running up the biggest deficit in history anywhere to pay for it--that's probably going against the intent of your oath of office, Georgie.

But you'll sail off into the sunset, unscathed--won't you, George?. Unlike Clinton, you'd probably scream bloody murder at the outrage of being impeached. You would accuse your foes of "hating freedom", rather than enforcing the Constitution. Alternatively, you'd sick your Mommy on them. This will never have to happen though, right Georgie?

Never mind the fact that you and your administration deserve it. Oil=Blood in Bush-land.

With all of the popular support, an increasingly pissed-off media, growing potential for Republican bi-partisanship (finally, a uniter not a divider!), it could just be a matter of time though. You just need to do it before he repeals the 22nd amendment.


Wednesday, June 01, 2005

from Bartcop:

I didn't write this, wish I did though. Enjoy!

Subject: Dear Red States

We're ticked off at the way you've treated California, and we've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us.
In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California.
To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay.
We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand. We get Intel and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss.
We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay their fair share.
Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian Coalition's, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.
Please be aware that Nuevo California will be pro-choice and anti-war, and we're going to want all our citizens back from Iraq at once. If you need people to fight, ask your evangelicals. They have kids they're apparently willing to send to their deaths for no purpose, and they don't care if you don't show pictures of their children's caskets coming home. We do wish you success in Iraq, and hope that the WMDs turn up, but we're not willing to spend our resources in Bush's Quagmire.
With the Blue States in hand, we will have firm control of 80 percent of the country's fresh water, more than 90 percent of the pineapple and lettuce, 92 percent of the nation's fresh fruit, 95 percent of America's quality wines (you can serve French wines at state dinners) 90 percent of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of the U.S. low-sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy and Seven Sister schools, plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
With the Red States, on the other hand, you will have to cope with 88 percent of all obese Americans (and their projected health care costs), 92 percent of all U.S. mosquitoes, nearly 100 percent of the tornadoes, 90 percent of the hurricanes, 99 percent of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100 percent of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the University of Georgia.
We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
Additionally, 38 percent of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale, 62 percent believe life is sacred unless we're discussing the death penalty or gun laws, 44 percent say that evolution is only a theory, 53 percent that Saddam was involved in 9/11 and 61 percent of you crazy bastards believe you are people with higher morals then we lefties.
By the way, we're taking the good pot, too. You can have that dirt weed they grow in Mexico.


Sincerely, Author Unknown in New California.

--more of my stuff tomorrow.

andy

Chapel of Love


Congrats to you both, Lynn and Alex--you crazy kids. Thanks for picking our fair city to start your married lives together. I wish you both a long and happy life.

Every move you make

Woman Unchained

Just so we're clear, I think that Karla Homolka is a dangerous, murdering freak who should have--in a better world--spent the rest of her life in prison. Whether or not she actually participated in the murders, or simply stood by while her husband committed them, she played a role in their deaths.

That's where this gets tricky for me. Because unlike the boisterous mobs, I think that we (as a society) should leave her the hell alone when she is released in July.

Still with me?

She will have served out her entire sentence.

We should also keep our damned dirty paws off of her DNA.

Although her crimes were gruesome and many, she has fulfilled her end of the bargain, and we must live up to ours. The deal was, for twelve years of hard time, Paul Bernardo would go to jail for the rest of his life, or at least the bulk of it. At the time, it seemed like the Crown prosecution did the right thing.

It truly sucks that twelve years was not enough for the Mahaffey and French families to heal from their losses. Perhaps, as has been alluded to, prison was not as much of a rehabilitation for Karla as it could have been, however that was her sentence.

Bernardo would have been convicted without Homolka's testimony, I am certain. The hatred for him was unlike any ever expressed by Canadians. We even would have brought back the death penalty for a one-time special event.

A deal is a deal, though. It is why I also don't agree with sex offender registries. If the criminal is not rehabilitated by the time they are released, the answer is not to increase the "sentence". Rather, the laws require changing, as does the penal system. But these are not the tangible fixes that society--ever the blood-thirsty crowds--demands.

We want to know if Karla is shopping at the local Wal-Mart, or visiting her Aunt Agnes, or working out at the local Curves for Women. We demand that information. What exactly we would do with the info is uncertain. One thing is for certain, people want to know every step Homolka takes for the rest of her life, and we are just not entitled to do so. Her comings and goings will surely become mini terror-alerts if we proceed with this madness.

Blame the Attorney General of Ontario's office if you must. They should have been savvy enough to have foretold this day arriving. However, the Galligan report exhonerated them of any wrong-doing, so why bother with them?

There's always Dalton McGuinty--maybe we can blame him instead! After all, she is being released under his watch. "Iron" Mike Harris would never--oh, who's kidding who? -- Harris would have found a way to bankroll the surveillance by taxing the Homolka family, and we would have enjoyed watching it like the puppets that we were.

It's time to spread your tiny wings and fly away, my little jailbird--your time to shine has come. However, rest assured that you will be watched to some degree or another. Or, you could just move to Vancouver. They don't stare at shit there.


Amnesty International: Big Poopy-heads

Hey, wait a sec--aren't terra-ists being put in the same category as the folks that are trying to end human rights abuses? To retort by saying that Amnesty International is run by "people who hate America" is more simplistic and myopic than I would have ever given Bush credit for. Although frankly, I am kind of surprised that he didn't dismiss the report as being a bunch of "Fuzzy English".

The report details human rights abuses in almost every country in the world. So please, Mr. Easily offended, don't think for a moment that you're alone here. Granted, the list of your offences was quite extensive, but that too is the price of freedom. I suppose that Finland(less free) should aspire to follow in your footsteps. AI doesn't hate America, just what it and other countries to do the voiceless people it oppresses.

No...screw the niceties. What I really want to say is: "George, we are sick and tired of you going around the world and beating up on third-world countries in this lame-ass excuse of a war on terror, and then turning around and acting all surprised that your old friends talk about you behind your back, and that you may have broken a few/thousand international laws. We hate you and are counting the days to the end of your heartless and pathetic reign!"

Wow, that felt good.

"And you're an idiot too."

I'm done now. Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

cool toy for my newly single readers


Breaking up just got a whole lot easier to do!
Feel free to e-mail your results, kiddies!

Conform-- or be cast out!


"Don't you make me angry, or I'll twist your titty off! Pansy!"

Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!: Ever the statesman, The Dick-man all but guarantees John "Two-Tone" Bolton's ascension to UN ambassador on Larry King last night.

Trekkies takin' a hit: You know, I was kinda upset about Enterprise going off of the air too, but this is no way to cope. That isn't what the rule of First Contact was supposed to be about. For the love of Spock, people!

About the Grewal thing: My new best friend Paul Wells has a point on this one--if the Conservatives wanted to sink the Liberal/Martin love boat over the Grewal tapes, shouldn't they have revealed/released the damning evidence by now? Then again, not even Jean Chrétien himself could succeed in do that, and damn--did he ever come close. As for Harper and his not-so-merry men and ladies ever hoping to lead the country--not bloody likely. Ontario just demands more of its boorish troglodyte politicians than what Harpo has to offer. Except for Myron Thompson--him we dig. Just so long as he continues to represent the good people of Wild Rose. He's always reminded me of a creepy uncle--anyone feel the same?


Finally: Even if it isn't true--and it may not be the case that the lovely Paris is marrying the lovely--er--Paris-- her's is still a more lovely image to view than mean old unca Dick's. Kids, if I don't get an invite, I'd be more than happy to just download the honeymoon!

Have a blast!

Monday, May 30, 2005

RIP, baby--now comes the GOOD kibble


Our dog T'Pau died on Saturday. It was sudden, so on the very shocking side--even though for a chow-chow she lived two years longer than the normal life expectency. Knowing that didn't make it any easier though. A week ago, she seemed fine. She was still bolting out the back door, hoping to kill the demon-squirrels.
At the end, she could barely move. In retrospect, when she didn't bite me for picking her up and puting her in the car to go to the vet should have been a sign of things to come. Maybe we just didn't want to see the signs.
The hurt is still fresh. I keep waiting to hear the sound of her claws tapping against our hardwood floor, or ... there's so many "or's" right now. I'm holding back a lot. I miss her so much --everything about her, even her snoring.
She never tired of chasing her tail.
She had a good life. Lots of belly-rubs.
She made our lives better by being in them.
We miss you.
I only hope that her last thoughts were: "So long, and thanks for all the steak."

Mixed Grill

I just can't seem to muster sympathy for this guy. Call me a bastard, but more billionaires should spend a bit of time on the government dime.

Is there time left to make wife-carrying an Olympic event for 2008?

Mother Jones presents another dark story out of Gitmo. Damn--does anyone come out of there happy? Is it the food?

Cancel "Heterosexual Day"??? Those bastards! We luuuuuuuuuuuuuv parades!

Finally, not only do we still not know the damned chicken crossed the road, it doesn't even have to pay the fine!

God--Cheney's on Larry King right now. Gotta run! Sweet dreams, kids!

We want you as a new recruit!

(Probably the last Village People quote for a while, by the way!)


All Canadian Edition

From Tilting at Windmills, a suggestion on what Canada can do to help Gay Americans live the happy, free lives that their own country doesn't seem to be prepared to offer them.

Essentially--bring your style, attitude, talent and money up north!
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From Democracy Watch, news about political donations in Canada during the first quarter of 2005. Liberals have richer donors, Conservatives have more donors.

* secret, unlimited donations to nomination race and election candidates are still legal as long as the candidates do not use the money for their campaign;
* donations of volunteer labour do not have to be disclosed, allowing corporate and special interest lobby groups to make large, secret donations to parties, riding associations and candidates;
* the individual donation limit of $5,000 facilitates funnelling of donations by corporations, unions and other organizations through executives and employees, and is much higher than an average Canadian can afford and therefore is undemocratic (the limit should be lowered to $1,000);
* a donor’s employer and major affiliations are not required to be disclosed, nor are the identities of donors who donate less than $200, making it too easy to hide funnelling of donations by corporations and other organizations (for example, Jean Brault of advertising company Groupaction testified at the Gomery Commission Inquiry that he funnelled donations to the federal Liberals and the Parti Québécois through his employees), or by one individual through another individual, and;
* the identity of donors who donate to a candidate or riding association and then have their donation transferred to a party are not required to be disclosed quarterly, allowing parties to hide the identity of donors for up to 18 months, and;
* donations received during a year in which an election is held do not have to be disclosed before election day, and as a result voters have to cast their ballot without
knowing who has bankrolled each party and candidate.
This last point is the one that bugs me the most.

All of the parties will need larger war chests for the coming election. Something tells me that the Liberals will win on this fight, too. (Thanks Belinda!)
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David Frum still counts as a Canadian, although mercifully, not a current resident. One of his recent posts demonstrates how inept the poor schmuck is when it comes to the velocity of breaking news.

Yesterday evening I was composing a post on Senator Mitch McConnell's excellent speech to the Senate on the filibuster, when - whammo! - the issue was suddenly settled by one of those last minute quiet deals that Senators love and that they can count on the newspapers to applaud.
I forgot to mention that he also electronically fellates Sen. Mitch McConnell in his post. Whatever it takes to recover from the "Axis of Evil" thing, I suppose.
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Points of Information has a list of "floor-crossers" since 1997. The crossers have mostly done well for themselves, landing plum assignments.

I count ten floor-crossers to the Liberals since the '97 election, and no less than eight of them got either Parliamentary Secretary or outright Ministerial portfolios.

Who were the poor unfortunate souls that didn't get the seemingly-standard defector's package of a new job, new title, pay raise, and chauffeur? Robert Lanctôt, jumped ship from BQ in '03 when Martin took over, and Rick Laliberte, who jumped from the NDP back in '00.
It's not who you know...
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Canadian Conservative nutjobs are being told to run on all Canadian Conservative nutjob issues, and not just the single-issue opposition to gay marriage platform that may have gotten them their riding nominations, according to the Globe and Mail.

Christian activist groups told The Globe and Mail last week that they have made concerted -- and often successful -- efforts to win Conservative nominations for members of their faith who are willing to go to Ottawa and fight against measures such as the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples. They said members of congregations were urged to take out Conservative memberships and flood meetings to ensure the candidate of their choice was elected.

I still believe that any organization (like say-- a church) who enjoys registered charity status in Canada and led, encouraged or allowed any political persuasion of its members should have its charity status revoked by the federal government.

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Finally, just because everyone and their life-partners these days seem to be linking to Paul Wells' Inkless Wells column these days, I will too.

I hate being left out of the loop.

A good write-up regarding the French referendum result:

The France that takes to the streets at the merest suggestion that public pensions should not bankrupt the state; the France that still believes its social model is a beacon to the world; the France that wants to stand up to America's armies but is terrified of Poland's plumbers voted No. Tonight's vote is yet another Pyrrhic victory for Old Europe, a bullseye shot in the nation's foot, and it seals France's isolation from a new New Europe whose entrepreneurial spirit is obvious in countries as diverse as Ireland, Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Poland.

Whoa, did he just drop the "New Europe" bomb? The hell, Paul? You been dining with Rumsfeld?

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Think globally, blog locally!

Putting the "Fun" back in "Funcentral"

As part of my "Just For Shits and Giggles 2005" campaign, I present to you:

The Top 9 things to say in a conversation to get a "WTF?!?" reaction...

  1. "Can I pull my pants down and get your opinion on this new rash?"
  2. "Speaking of ways to smuggle cocaine and heroin..."
  3. "I was really pulling for Bo to win the whole thing."
  4. "Have you voted on my 'Hot or Not' photo yet?"
  5. "Ohmygawd, I totally never saw the whole "Anakin turns into Vader" twist coming. Were there spoilers on this anywhere?"
  6. "Aw...geez...I don't think my 'Depends' are holding up. So anyway...how're the kids?"
  7. "Last night, at my White Supremacy meeting..."
  8. "Laura Bush?!? Total M.I.L.F--am I right?"
  9. "Can I use that story on my blog?"

Try them out, and let me know the results.


Sunday, May 29, 2005

Photo Caption Contest, #2



Why is this man so happy?

wordplays are fun

This is an oldie, and my boss just e-mailed it to me, but I needed a laugh today.

I'm currently suffering from #4, cashtration.

"voulez-vous coucher avec moi?" "Non, merci."

France's voters are deciding today whether or not to ratify the European Union constitution. Now, on the one hand, if it does not pass Europe will not be plunged into another great war. Most of the countries have been getting along with each other for decades. The euro would probably be toast though. Gee, that may help the American dollar, n'est pas...?

On the other hand, even if France ratifies, the issue is still being settled in other countries this summer. But France is seen as being an asset in helping to convince others to sign on.

A major stumbling block is (ahh...those crazy Europeans and their priorities!!!) social issues, and the belief that they are being overlooked by economic issues.

I would vote for this, though:

Article I-2 The Union's values
The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.

Hardly sounds even remotely daunting, unlike the Patriot Act, or the employment agreement required to work for Tom Cruise.

Just putting things into perspective, is all.
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Update on the vote at 6:17 pm, because votes can be counted in one day in most countries:
With 92 percent of votes counted, the treaty was rejected by 56.14 percent
of voters, France's Interior Ministry said, according to The Associated Press.
It was supported by 43.86 percent.

sometimes, my dreams scare me with their clarity

This week, I had a dream...

In my dream, I was watching television (hardly a rarity, trust me!), and CNN was on. There was a generic female newscaster under the age of 35 looking somber, the way they often do. Then, the logo for "Seinfeld" popped up on her left side. "Actor xxxxxxxxxx (sounding like rehrehrehrehreh, because I couldn't remember his name), best known as "Newman" on television's Seinfeld, was found dead today; shot dead by the actor's own father."

It was so vivid that I immediately went to the computer and checked the news, after waking up.

As far as I know, actor Wayne Knight is still alive.

As far as I know, I do not wish him any harm.

No more spicy foods for my supper, though.

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From singer Matthew Good's web site, some stirring commentary on what is going on in the Sudan, and how the world is screwing everything up in offering aid :


The truth is that we don't have to say it. The hypocrisy of the Western world is glaringly apparent. Like it or not, we're militarists. Fostered by centuries of colonial rape and plunder, we've near perfected the art of economic and military manipulation and exploitation...
...looking at it from that vantage point one might begin to see wothers woulduld ponder trying to make such a violent statement as was maon Septemberber 11th. Thousands of people die throughout the world because our interferencence and it's a blip on the news, if that. 3,000
Westerners die and the world comes to an immediate halt. If that's not proof positive of how arrogantly we view ourselves then I've no idea what is. Hell,even those that we've routinely fucked over were upset about it.


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From Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo site, a preview of tomorrow's announcement of Bush's international terrorism review. So, are they now completely giving up on finding Osama? Feeling safer already, aren't you?


The Bush administration has launched a high-level internal revits effortsefforts to battle international terrorism, aimed at moving awaa policyapolicy that has stressed efforts to capture and kill al Qaeda since Sept. 11, 2001, and toward what a senior official called a broader strategy against violent extremism"


At some point, will the Bush administration finally recognize that they themselves are guilty of violent extremism?

Ever?

Just asking.

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Poker was fun, although marred by sad news (more details to follow--time and place issues prevent me from doing it now). I came in a very close second, exceeding even my wildest expectations. Fun was had by all, I hope.

I want a re-match though, Paul!

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I can't believe that I've been blogging for only 29 days. It seems like more.


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