Monday, October 19, 2009

Time To Move On

I have been writing posts to this blog for almost 3 years now and due to certain events that have occured, I have decided to pack it in. I've had fun writing here, sometimes arguing with a few knot-heads who have no clue, to just having fun reading the responses to a post or two.

Since Feb. 23, 2007, I have written posts on all manner of subject. To me, everything and anything is fair game in the blogosphere and I usually had something to say. The list of subjects included...

  • Hamilton and the N.H.L.. - The answer is relatively simple now. Not as long as the "Lord High Regent Bettman" is in office will Hamilton ever have an N.H.L. team. Never mind the fact that the perpetual losers in Toronto haven't won a cup in 40+ years, that's about as close to a Grey Cup as Bettman will allow for Southern Ontario.

  • The Caledonia Crisis - That's what the people in Caledonia like to call it. Here's a suggestion for all of you, Native and non-Native alike. Stop bitching and moaning to the media or to all those boards and blogs out there. They can't do squat. Go scream at the morons (and that's about as polite as I can be on that) in Ottawa. Whether it's Provincial or Federal, yell at them. Demand action. When enough people yell long enough and loud, things begin to happen. Let the people who wish to protest, protest. It is their right whether some idiots agree or not. One more thing, stop listening to that jackass in Binbrook and his merry band of half-wits.

  • Gary McHale - What can I say about McHale and his group of ******** without running the risk of being sued for one thing or another? There's an old saying, "The truth shall set you free". Unfortunately if I say the truth, at least the definition of truth by most, I could get a subpoena. I believe I'll just treat Gary and his group like I would with any other "pole-cat". Give them a wide berth, plug my nose, and ignore them.

  • The Canadian Government - I didn't have any choice on where I was born and while I do love Canada, the people we elect to run it always seem to leave a bad taste. Harper doesn't plan to do anything about Omar Khadr who is still behind bars at Guantanamo Bay. McGuinty seems hell bent on pushing through everything and anything whether people want it or not. Face it, the Canadian government is a joke and sadly, the rest of the world knows it too.

  • Police Services - WOW... What can I say? Robert Dziekanski, tasers, University of Western Ontario, tasers, the smoking truck driver, tasers. It seems to me that as we as a people move forward, our law enforcement agencies keep taking one step backward for every 2 steps forward. It is getting to the point where it is increasingly hard to tell the crooks from the cops. Wait.... I know. The cops wear the uniforms and the crooks aren't nearly as violent and the O.P.P. don't do anything but hand out tickets for smoking.

  • The Right To Bear Arms - There are some who still believe Canadians should have the same right as our neighbours to the south. I said it before and I'll say it again, if you want to act like an American by being able to carry a gun and watch the N.F.L., then move down to the states. It will only be one less moron the rest of us need not worry about.

  • The Hamilton Ti-Cats - I have been hard on the Cats over the years only because as a die-hard fan, I want to see them win. It's only been this past year where they have made their best showing in some time. I can only hope under the coaching of the present staff, we can only hope we go on for the cup. OSKEE-WEE-WEE.

That's about all I have to say. I know I have said in the past that I was giving it up but I always managed to come back. Sadly, this time I won't be back to post. Family takes precedent over everything and right now I have family obligations which must be addressed.

I wish you all the best and as the character Dr. Stanley Freedman of M*A*S*H so eloquently said as he was leaving.....

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Take my advice

    Pull down your pants

    And slide on the ice.

If for any reason a copy of any of my posts are needed, I have them all backed up for quick reference. Just send me an e-mail with the particulars of the post and/or the date and I'll try to accommodate you as best I can.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Vicious Arrest At University

After reading the news story, watching it on t.v. and with the clip at the bottom of this post, all I can say is I would be accused of resisting arrest too.

Officials at the University of Western Ontario in London are defending the violent arrest of a student that was captured on video and posted on YouTube.

The video, shot on Wednesday at the university's social sciences building, shows what appears to be five campus and police officers surrounding the man and pinning him to the ground.... cont.

The suspect is on the floor, 1 cop is repeatedly slamming his knee into him (at 15 seconds). Another cop is hitting him with what looks like a billy (at 23 seconds) and a 3rd is punching him about the head (at 1:10). The other 2 are trying to handcuff him while the guy is trying to keep his parts in order.

Don't believe what I'm saying? Watch the clip.

I can't help but wonder, after watching that disgraceful display, if any of those "peace officers" were ever at Vancouver Airport? They acted just about as bad as a few that were there that also made headlines.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wrestler/Entertainer Lou Albano Dead

When I was in my early teens, I watched wrestling almost religiously. Haystacks Calhoun, The Beast, Sweet Daddy Siki and others provided entertainment like nobody could. At least in my opinion. Even to this day, some 40+ years later, I must admit I still like watching the WWE and the rest of them every so often.

One of the wrestlers from the early years right up to the 90's,  Capt. Lou Albano , provided entertainment of every kind. Along with wrestling, he also did music videos with Cyndi Lauper and host a Saturday morning cartoon show.

Captain Lou Albano, who became one of the most recognized professional wrestlers of the 1980s after appearing in Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" music video, died Wednesday. He was 76.

Albano, whose real name was Louis Vincent Albano, died in Westchester County in suburban New York, said Dawn Marie, founder of Wrestlers Rescue, an organization that helps raise money for the health care of retired wrestlers. He died of natural causes, Marie said... CONT.

The following clip shows Capt. Lou squaring off at Madison Square Gardens, against another wrestling legend  Gorilla Monsoon  who unfortunately passed away 10 years ago.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Naturally He Would Say That

It seems there is just no end to the controversy over the stun-gun.

The Taser used on Robert Dziekanski had nothing to do with the Polish immigrant's death at Vancouver International Airport, according to the manufacturer's lawyer.

David Neave told the Braidwood inquiry that all the peer-reviewed evidence from medical experts is that the stun gun does not affect a subject's heart, matabolism or breathing....cont.

Yeah right!!! I suppose all those other people who died after being tasered were all suffering from strange maladies and the stun-gun had nothing to do with their deaths. Tell that to their families.

Let's face it, David Neave is Taser's attorney. He can't say anything negative against the company or the product or he's out of a job. That's only common sense. That doesn't mean that I or anyone else should believe the stun-gun is safe.

In yesterdays entry, I even posted a link to a news story and to a PDF file where Taser themselves revised their manual. The revision warns against shooting the stun-gun at the chest of the intended victim.

Now I wonder why they would put out that bit of info if their own lawyer states the stun-gun isn't lethal?

Singer Al Martino Dies

Al Martino, a crooner who had several pop hits spanning more than 20 years and played Johnny Fontane in the 1970s "Godfather" movies, died Tuesday at his childhood home in Springfield, Pa. He was 82.

He was born Alfred Cini on October 7, 1927, in South Philadelphia. Encouraged by his boyhood friend Mario Lanza, Martino began his singing career in the late 1940s. His single "Here in My Heart" hit No. 1 in the U.K. in 1952 and stayed on top for a record nine weeks. He performed for Queen Elizabeth at the London Palladium that year. Martino's publicist, Sandy Friedman, said the singer planned to return for an anniversary performance at the Palladium next year....cont.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Strange Days Indeed

After being away for 2 weeks and very little computer access, I felt it time to make a comment or two concerning a few news items I've come across.

First off, it seems some police forces and  Taser  have started listening to people over the use of the Taser stun-gun. Too many people were dying after being stunned by one of these devices. The fact that it was stated that the stun-gun didn't actually cause the deaths, it just seems too coincidental to ignore. In a  release by Taser , it states (on page 2) that the devices should "Not" be aimed at a persons chest so as to reduce the possibility of affecting a persons heart.

A number of Canadian police agencies are changing their policies on stun-gun use in light of a new training bulletin from the manufacturer of the weapon.

Taser International says the guns should not be aimed at a suspect's chest whenever possible. Instead, officers are advised to target the abdomen, legs or back.... cont

I personally would like to see the use of them banned. I guess one could be thankful that it is illegal for just anyone to possess them here in Canada. We don't need Canadians acting like Americans.

It's too bad some of the changes hadn't been implemented when the R.C.M.P. used them numerous times on Robert Dziekanski. He might still be alive today. I would like to wish his mother luck in her lawsuit.

Robert Dziekanski's mother is suing the federal and provincial governments, four RCMP officers and the Vancouver International Airport for the loss of her son.

Dziekanski died minutes after he was shocked up to five times with a Taser by the RCMP in the arrivals lounge of the airport two years ago.... cont.

There were two items that I just could not believe. First up, a truck driver was fined for smoking in his truck. There was nobody under 16, he was alone just driving down the highway when he was tagged.

A truck driver from London, Ont., has been fined $305 for smoking in the cabin of a tractor-trailer because it is considered a workplace.

Essex County Ontario Provincial Police pulled over a truck on Highway 401 near Windsor, Ont., at about noon on Wednesday after the driver, 48, was seen smoking.... cont.

Can we say "Overkill"? It's time the cops started smartening up. This guy is out slaving away to make a buck and a cop pulls him over for smoking in his truck. Since when did Canada become a communist nation?

I think the biggest shock was learning that  President Barack Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace laureate . My question is, "FOR WHAT?" He hasn't been in office long enough to actually warrant that kind of acheivement. It just doesn't make any sense.

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