Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Nat Post Hits All Time Low

This has got to be the lowest of lows for this scummy newspaper. Leave it to them to be the height of bad taste during one of America's worst disasters.

I mean, they really just transposed the word Brit for Cdn. It's disgusting and certainly not a time to be discussing political issues and their anti-American stance.

They deserve to be bitch slapped - like so

If you subscribe to their paper, perhaps now would be a good time to cancel it.

New Orleans Is Sinking Man .... And I Don't Wanna Swim

Bourbon blues on the street, loose and complete,
Under skies all smoky blue green,
I can't forsake a dixie dead shake,
So we danced the sidewalk clean.
My memory is muddy,
What's this river that I'm in?
New Orleans is sinking man,
And I don't wanna swim.
- Tragically Hip

Rather prophetic lyrics from a Canadian rock band, but it has become a reality - and the pictures tell the tale.

The Red Cross is keeping an eye on things. Right now, they are not seeking Canadian monetary donations, but of course, that could change.

My prayers are with all Americans, especially those who are still waiting to hear word on their loved ones. Mine are safe... but we know many other families are still wondering.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

A Different Kind of Pledge

My husband passed this email along to me. I enjoyed this young man's creativity (he is a 17 year old from Arizona) and his unique way of expressing his opinion about removal of the Lord's Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance from most public schools in the US. Tell me what you think.

Now I sit me down in school,
Where praying is against the rule,
For this great nation under God,
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.

And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.

The law is specific, the law is precise,
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall,
Might offend someone with no faith at all.

In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.

They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible,
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Prom Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.

It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.

But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.

So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!


Hurricane Horror

My heart goes out to everyone affected by Hurricane Katrina. I've had a hard time keeping away from the news broadcasts as I have family in the area and today the devestation is worse than yesterday!

To all my American friends, I hope you and your loved ones are safe. Having just watched my in-laws go through a devestating flood and severe damage, I can understand the shock and horror. It's hard watching the story unfold without feeling extreme sympathy for what these people are experiencing, many who are dirt poor and have nowhere to go.

Blogging will be light for the next few days as I have family visiting and we are watching the news constantly to see how bad the damage is and see if we can get a glimpse of things in Biloxi where my cousin and her family are.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

I'm Mike - From Canmore

How many of you have enjoyed the spoils of the Royal Canadian Air Farce? It's one of the few good things to come out of the CBC. One of my favorite characters was John Morgan's Mike, from Canmore. Who was yours??

Anyway, that is where I am off to today - to Canmore.

For those of you who haven't been there before, it's a quaint mountain town about 20 minutes south of Banff (45 minutes from Calgary). It sits in a valley at the bottom of the Three Sisters Mountain Range on the East and Mount Rundle on the West.

It offers lot's of activity for visitors in the summer or winter. Here are just some of the things you can do:

Unique shops and restaurants are abundant in Canmore, plus you don't have the crowds like Banff.
There is cross country skiing in winter, and alpine treks are only 20 minutes away.

There is dog sledding (which is a blast!!), hiking some awesome trails, golfing and spa's for my more pampered blogging friends. Of course, you can't forget to visit the site of the 1988 Olympic game venue where the triathalon was held.

But for today, I am taking my parents for their first visit in more than 20 years. Sightseeing, beautiful scenery, relaxation, great food -- what more could you ask for! Just one of the many perks I enjoy by being a citizen of the great province of Alberta.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Gomery Wants YOU

Yes, YOU. Justice Gomery wants your opinion -- on Adscam. I must admit I was absolutely delighted to see a servant of the people actually ask the people's opinion about other servants of the people [who appear to forget that they are servants of the people].

I mean, who could forget these faces -

That were ripping you off to help these people:

In order to "save" this:

So I say and tell Justice Gomery exactly what you think.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Wanted: Liberals Seek New Information SpinMeister

As you can see from my previous post, the PM was caught in outright lies about gas taxes during his "Alienate the West Some More Tour". I suggested he find himself a new information spinmeister since he obviously can't get his facts straight. Or at least hire someone who believes his own lies .... like Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, former Iraqi Information Minister for Saddam Hussein.

For some fun, I thought I would take some of al-Sahaf's priceless spins and translate it into Liberal speak. Here goes .......

Saeed al-Sahaf said:
"We are not afraid of the Americans. Allah has condemned them. They are stupid. They are stupid" (dramatic pause) "and they are condemned."

Liberal translation:
"We are not afraid of the West. The East has condemned them. They are scary. They are from the dark side" (dramatic pause) "and they are scary."

Saeed al-Sahaf said:
"The American press is all about lies! All they tell is lies, lies and more lies!"

Liberal translation:
"The Canadian press is all about the truth! All they tell is the truth and nothing but the truth so help me God!"

Saeed al-Sahaf said:
"Lying is forbidden in Iraq. President Saddam Hussein will tolerate nothing but truthfulness as he is a man of great honor and integrity. Everyone is encouraged to speak freely of the truths evidenced in their eyes and hearts."

Liberal translation:
"Lying is forbidden in Ottawa. Prime Minister Paul Martin will tolerate nothing but truthfulness as he is a man of great honor and integrity. Everyone is encouraged to speak freely of the truths as evidenced by him."

Saeed al-Sahaf said:
"I have detailed information about the situation . . . which completely proves that what they allege are illusions . . . They lie every day."

Liberal translation:
"I have detailed information about the situation . . . which completely proves that what they allege are illusions . . . those Conservatives lie every day."

Pinocchio Paul's At It Again

Not that we ever expect politicians to be honest, but don't you just hate it when they insult your intelligence further by thinking you are too dumb to figure out what the truth really is??

In his latest ramblings while on his "Alienate The West Some More" tour, PM, the wooden-stiff puppet, confidently asserts that “The federal government does not make money from increasing gas prices.” (Did you catch his nose growing?) According to the wooden boy, "Price hikes do not mean more tax revenue for Ottawa because with higher prices consumption falls". Say what??

According to the CTF, the jump in prices means an additional $175M in GST flows into Ottawa. The purveyors of disinformation went on to suggest that "gas consumption falls with price spikes". Hmmmmm... I guess that's why the Arab States keep bumping the price per barrel, because no one uses it when the price goes up (roflmao).

Even according to their own records at StatsCan, gasoline increases an average of just over one 1% per annum - every year.

But since this fairy tale boy knows that at least Conservative Bloggers are smart and astute enough to check the facts, his next line of defense was that the revenue is going to "cash-strapped cities and lowering taxes will endanger this funding". Excuse me, but what a "crock o' tard". Ottawa will give $5B to cities over the next 5 years. In 2005, the transfer is a measley $600M and only increases to $2B in 2009.

Ottawa’s total take is projected to be $6B this year. Once the transfer is deducted, they are left with $5.4B. Even if nothing changes for the next 4 years, in 2009, more than $4B will left over. In other words, Ottawa will transfer $5B over 5 years, but will collect $30B. Geesh... can his nose get any longer???

So there you have it folks. Caught in outright lies and trying to justify stealing more from the poor so they can give it to their rich friends.

Might I suggest that the Liberals consider firing Scott Reid and hiring a more credible and informed information spinmeister - like the one in this photo on the left.

Note: Touque tip to Leigh at Rants from the Moderate Seperatist for the PM pic.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Rainy Day Fun

It's pooring buckets o'rain today. I am operating on about 4 hours of sleep because the storm wind decided to bang things against my house all night. Mom Nature obviously wanted someone to appreciate her talents and the verocity of her lungs.

So no witty repertoire from moi today, only another video to give you some real entertainment value for your tax dollar. Now how can you beat that!

And now, for something completely different.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Say Hi To The Troops

Touque tip to Dazzlin Dino for his link to the Cdn military message board where you can send your best wishes and thanks to the troops.

What a great way to make someone's day. Make sure you stop on by.

Spot The Dithering Idiot Contest

$50.00 in tax sheltered food stamps to the person who can spot the dithering idiot.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Jacko Wacko Totally Green

Candace, at Planet X has a post about Jack Layton's speech to 250 young people in Montreal talking about the environment and the need for Canada to be green.

Could he have been talking about THIS kind of green instead Candace?

Look - I hit the "Jack Pot"

Libs BBQ In Alberta

Golly.... is it only when the Conservatives host bbq's around the country that they are laughed at for being fools??

So what does that say about the Liberals who are in Edmonton today, meeting with Canada West Foundation and tomorrow in Calgary for another round of bbq's, and then onto Regina and Winnipeg.

Guess they like to borrow ideas from "fools".

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Quotes To Beat All Quotes

Bill over at Reformer's Firebrand is delighting bloggers with his political quote reportoire, which has in turn lead him to start a round of Quote Tag. This young soul has tagged my blog and I couldn't be more delighted than to provide you with some of my own witty warblings and political pose. Here goes......

He was found dead.
Was it fatal?
How fatal?

- Trail of the Pink Panther

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.
- Groucho Marks

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
- Plato

The government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it,
- Ronald Regan

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
- George Carlin

You have to be realistic about terrorism. Certain groups of people, certain groups, Muslim fundamentalists, Christian fundamentalists, Jewish fundamentalists, and just plain guys from Montanta, are going to continue to make life in this country very interesting for a long, long time.
- George Carlin

And that's my take on it. Make sure you wander over to Celestial Junk; Popeye @ Either Orr; or Crittermusings for their prose.

Haloscan Install

I got spam disease bad .... so hopefully putting Haloscan back on will do the trick.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Fun Stuff Friday

It's Fun Stuff Friday again gang. Hope you enjoy today's selection of fun games to play on a rainy day.

Spam And Moonbats Not Allowed

The only spam that should be allowed is the stuff you can buy in a can on a store shelf. Anyone else agree with me?

And as for moonbats - well... we all know where they belong.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Now Take Two Aspirins And Call Me In The Morning

Who better to tell us what the status of health care is, then from a doctor. They are, however, I think only viewing the solution from the current status of health care.

Unfortunately, the program is being constantly interfered with by an inept federal gov't, who has somehow convinced the majority of Cdns that they are the experts ( which we know is not true - just ask a sick Canadian who waits and waits). The only people who benefit from the current structure of health care are healthy people. Get sick and you enter the world of incompetent bureaucrats who sit in swivel executive chairs thinking they know better than doctors and nurses who are on the front lines everyday.

If these doctors were offered other scenarios within which to work (ie. money follows patient, decentralization of services [removing the feds, creating clinics hat deal with minor health issues - sprains, minor breaks, cuts, small burns, midwives, etc.] salaried physician positions) .. well - you get the idea. Just a few of many ideas that can be, and should be discussed fully because all of these scenarios, in my opinion, can be achieved within the framework of publicly funded health services.

But I am also not against spending your money the way you see fit. After all, you should have the right to do whatever you want with your take home money. You can buy a car, a house, go to the movies, a restaurant, gamble.... but for some reason you can't buy extra health coverage for yourself??

Two tier health has been around forever. If you are not working for a company that provides you with extended health coverage for prescriptions and dental work, then you are already experiencing two tiered health. Seen the price of prescriptions these days?? How about a dentist?? You can already purchase Blue Cross to cover prescriptions and dental so why not take it one step further by allowing insurance coverage for major medical emergencies?

How do you, as a fellow Canadian, feel about the current health program? Do you support the notion of private coverage? Do you have any ideas of your own that you would like to share with your fellow bloggers about ways to improve the program? I, for one, would be interested in hearing what you have to say.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Rainy Day Fun

It's a rainy day in Calgary and a great day to have some fun - don't you think? Of course, the Cat's mandate is to make sure the kids stay happy and entertained while being stuck inside.

So on that note... here's something both men and women will find handy.

Have a great day everybody!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Diversion Perversion

Is it just me (and a few others too) who are starting to think that these never ending "scandals" by the Libs (GG separatist, SSM, Adscam, Grewal tapes, etc.) are diversionary tactics in order to keep Canadians looking "over there" ..... when they really should be looking "over here".

And if we really should be looking "over here" - what exactly is the "over here" that they are trying so hard to hide from us?

Monday, August 15, 2005

History Lesson Few Can Afford NOT To Read

My ever astute blogging friend, Bill at Reformer's Firebrand has a history lesson on Confederation that every Canadian owes themselves the opportunity to read.

Check it out - Martin's "Democratic deficit" has elected Representatives "Leafleting in the rain for their seats

Liberals Vs Southpark

Don't forget to head over to Anonalogue's site today where he takes on a Liberal - Southpark style (respect my authoritaaa).

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OMG - What A GREAT Day To Be Canadian

Okay... like - could today be any better day to be a Canadian.

Can we hope that this is a positive sign of things to come?

Oh my oh my... whatever will the Liberals do without their mouthpiece paying homage to them on a daily basis??

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A Guide for Dressing As A Communist

Thank a Vet Today

60 years ago, Japan surrendered, thereby ending WWII.

Have YOU taken the time to thank a vet today for your freedom? If not, please do.

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Fair Play - But Only If It Serves US Purpose??

WASHINGTON, DC, August 12, 2005 (ENS) - A top level NAFTA panel ruled Wednesday that Canada did not violate North American Free Trade Agreement rules on trade in softwood lumber. But the United States has brushed aside the ruling, infuriating Canadians, who said Washington's response calls the entire NAFTA agreement into question.

Reviewing a string of three lower panel rulings, the NAFTA Extraordinary Challenge Committee (EEC) decided that "the evidence on the record did not support a finding of a threat of material injury" to the United States from Canadian softwood lumber imports.

The Government of Canada now expects the United States to refund with interest all the duties paid by Canadian softwood lumber exporters since this dispute began, as is required by U.S. law and NAFTA. The duties collected by the United States to date amount to some $5 billion.

The U.S. attitude "raises serious and fundamental questions about the United States' commitment to the NAFTA, senior Canadian government officials said Thursday. "This isn't about rules being established it is about partners abiding by them."

"Canada is calling on the United States to stop collecting duties at the border and return the money immediately. We respect our NAFTA obligations and partners and expect nothing less from our fellow NAFTA members," the officials said.

"It is time for the United States to do the right thing. Decision after decision has come in Canada's favor. A legal, binding decision must be respected."

My thoughts: At the heart of this issue is the question of fair trade and more importantly, trust. I fully support our friendship, and as your friend, I gotta tell you that, quite frankly, sometimes American policy has you guys coming off as bullies, whose interest is put before all others, regardless of the rules by which you yourselves, are bound by. The response from your gov't officials on the softwood issue only bolsters this perception, whether it be founded in truth or not.

What say you?

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Fun Stuff Friday

Ah Friday.... what a perfect day for some fun.

Now make sure you watch today's video, My Dad's A Fudge Packer all the way through!

Richard from Cannukistan will especially like today's video.
Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Privacy Act - What Privacy Act??

Are you enjoying your leisurely summer? The province hopes you are. While you are busy enjoying the outdoors, they have been busy passing laws, giving themselves raises and selling your personal information.... say what?? That's right... selling your personal information.

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Our local government watchdog, Rick Bell, Calgary Sun is back from a brief, but hopefully restful, vacation. I miss Rick when he is gone. His skill for digging up doggie doo doo on King Ralph and his minions is A++. His tenacity for getting to the truth and trying to protect Albertan's interests makes him a hero in my books. Hey Rick - ever thought about running for the Alberta Alliance Party??

Today, we learn that the poobahs running the province will sell your personal information to Imperial Parking for the low low price of $11.00/request. Shocked! You should be. Changes to the Privacy Act in 2004 prevents 3rd parties from obtaining information from the gov't (or anyone else for that matter) without your consent.

In my industry (property management) this Act was particulary important to know as I receive personal information about people almost on a daily basis.

So why can Impark once again gather personal information on you for $11/hit when I would be in trouble up the wahzoo if I even possessed the thought of selling your personal information? That's because one rule applies to us (lowly serfs) and one rule applies for the kingdom of Ralph.

While War/Child Amps had to fight tooth and nail to get your mailing address ONLY in order to send you some info on helping kids, all Imperial Parking has to do is pay $11 for a value added list.

What is even more troubling is that the list, which includes home and work phone numbers provides enough personal info that they can obtain your SIN number and a credit history report on you and your spouse (if applicable). Having dealt with over 200 collection files, I can tell you that this is exactly the type of information collected by the agency used to chase you for payment of your ticket.

Of course, this could all be avoided if you paid your ticket and didn't run over the time limit (which on Impark's machines are extremely easy to do).

But in my opinion, if Impark is worried about their outstanding debt, they should change their business practices first (manning booths or getting those automated machines with the leveller arms that go up and down to allow you entry in and out). I suspect, however, that their deal with the government is far less expensive to their bottom line (and I can almost guarantee you that they are charging YOU the $11.00 fee). Barring that, they should get out of the parking business altogether. Their competitors don't appear to have these issues (Sterling Parking for example).

Your recourse? Don't use Imperial Parking. That is always the consumers best weapon against this kind of heavy handed collection choice. Your other recourse? At the ballot box (while we still have it that is).

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Not All Ontarians Suffer From Delusions .. You Too Should Be Asking For Your Money Back

I was both shocked and pleased to see a report in the Windsor Star also discussing the huge additional tax grab at your money that the feds like to call a "surplus".

It's too early in the morning for me to crunch the numbers, but I am sure one of my astute readers will be able to figure out pretty quick how much extra they took from your paycheque for the year. Just goes to show that this government is not only inept at handling the important international affairs affecting this country, they are also extrememly inept at trying to forecast an accurate budget.

In my profession, budgets are prepared annually. At the end of the year, if we took too much money (which we always try not too) we give it back to our tenants. Budgets are always zero based (which means everywhere we can keep prices consistent we do) and we are accountable to our tenants about the ways we spend their money.

Now if these tenants can hold property manager's responsible for their dollars, then why isn't the same effort put into telling others who are also managing your money, that you want better accountability for budgeting in the future, plus a refund of the extra taxes they took from you last year. Is that too much to ask?

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Bertuzzi Ban Ends

I have pretty mixed feelings actually about whether this guy should be allowed back into hockey, and be rewarded for it by playing for Team Canada in the Olympics.

In my mind, he got off pretty lightly considering that this wasn't the first time he had been reprimanded for being a goon. I don't have any problems with some roughness, but bashing someone's head into the ice is going too far. Whether he knows it (and even cares) he is a role model for young men and boys who fantasize about one day becoming the next hockey hero. The example he set, and the NHL's mediocre punishment and response are not something they should be proud of.

One the other hand, he did receive his fines and bench time. The remainder of it will be played out in civil court. Time served should allow him the chance to get back on the ice and give him the opportunity to change his game play.

Although I am not sure I will watch alot of hockey this season since I really didn't miss it much last year.

So what say you about Bert's ban ending? Are you for it or against it and why?

Monday, August 08, 2005

Another Talented Canadian Checks Out

I read in the news this morning that Peter Jennings hit the check out line for heaven yesterday. My heartfelt wishes go out to his family.

As we continue to toil in the 1-9 or over 12 item lines, we can feel better knowing that God provides us all the chance to also one day hit the heaven express checkout line.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Purpose Finally Discovered for Leftist Media

I finally discovered the purpose of the leftie media outlets, at least in Toronto anyway. It's to show that you to can write for the Toronto Star (or other leftie type scrolls) if you possess an intellect less than, or on par with, an amoeba.

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Average Toronto journalist

After all, serious reporting and journalistic integrity are something they obviously no knowledge of. Of course, I am referring to their serious and intense questioning of cast of the film remake The Dukes of Hazard.

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They asked probing questions like this:

"Do you think the movie reinforces "stereotypes" of southerners as car-chasin', hard-partyin' good ol' boys and short-shorts-wearing girls"?

Hmmmm.... I wonder if Americans think Bob and Doug MacKenzie reinforce Canadian "stereotypes"?????? (good point Linda).

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Or how about his humdinger:

"Did you model your good ol' boy character on ... wait for it ... U.S. President George Bush"? (wow - like in a million years I never saw THAT question coming...)

How about this model of George for you leftest commies:

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Of course, we all know what a fine model we have for a leader:

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.... so it's no wonder they try to make Bush look worse at every turn they get.

So there you have it folks. They say there is a purpose for everything ... even for those with obvious intellectual handicaps.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts" - Sir Winston Churchill.

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