Tuesday, March 19, 2024

I guess Mound was right

Every major global climate record was broken last year and 2024 could be worse, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday, with its chief voicing particular concern about ocean heat and shrinking sea ice. from Reuters

Friday, November 8, 2019

Happy birthday Johnny

When I was a kid, I played “3 and you’re in”, every day after school, until my mother would come home from work. Whoever was in net or in reality in front of, one of the garage doors in my apartment complex, pretended to be Johnny Bower. There was no crouching like a Jacques Plante or rolling around like the Gumper. No, a garage door required a stand up goalie with a quick glove hand, and the ability to poke check the ball away when any attacking forward decided to get fancy.

Johnny Bower lived three doors from my high school, where he handed out autographed photos to kids that were bold enough to knock on his door during the off seasons. Apparently they eventually named the street after him.

In his later years, if you lived in the west end of Mississauga, you would see Johnny shopping or showing up at a NHL signing event in the local malls. He was a regular at my wife’s store and one Christmas she asked if when he could sign a book about the Leafs that she was sending her father in Nova Scotia. Johnny said, he would come in the next day if she brought it in. He wrote a full page letter to her father inside the book. 

I saw Johnny for the last time, about a week before he died. He was 93. He came charging through the Dollar Store followed by one of his kids or grandkids, I presume. I was in line at the cash and turned to a millennial texting behind me. Do you know who Johnny Bower is?, I asked.Yeah the kid said, I’m texting my dad right now.

PS here is Johnny’s single that knocked the Beatles out of No.1 spot on the Chum Charts for three weeks in 1965.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Finally the NDP know their place

This weekend Jagmeet Singh has come out again, reinforcing his promise that the NDP will not support a Conservative minority government.

Great news for the stalwart dippers who believe the libs and reformers are the same and the disaffected libs who are pissed at which ever broken promise upsets them the most.

Now if you live in a purple riding like the GTA, where the NDP grab any stranger off the street to wear orange for a couple of months, you can more comfortably vote red or if you live in a riding where they take their orange more seriously you can safely vote Orange.

As for the Greens, my sources tell me that they are planning a takeover of our most western island, which makes sense as it is the location with the most huggable trees in North America.

Under the continuing FPTP electoral system this is about as good as it can get. 

We've been through this before when Ignanatieff decided to visit his homeland and rebuke the olive branch being offered by the other opposition parties, after Harper, in contempt of parliament, prorogued his minority government to avoid loosing a confidence vote.

The result of which was a near decade of darkness ruled by the oily blue meanies.

So with caution, I suggest that the dippers do us all a favour and keep Cullen away from the cameras and hold a liberal minority government to one simple concession for their votes. 

End the FPTP in the first year.

As for my personal political compass I'm still sitting to the left and south of Gandhi.

I guess Mound was right

Every major global climate record was broken last year and 2024 could be worse, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday,...