Monday, August 31, 2009

Doer Knight-Errant

Not because he's got a track record of accomplishment. His governance has been a disaster ignored and unreported in the mainstream.

Not because of his innate abilities. He's nothing but a opportunist who's had a good run.

Why is Gary Doer going to Washington to sit in the PLUM patronage position that the Feds have to offer?

Simple.... it's a buy off.

Stephen Harper has bought off a political opponent in his nascent stages. For one thing that Gary Doer is capable of ..... taking over the leadership of a federal party and getting votes.

Whether that federal party would be the running joke that is the NDP or the train wreck of the LPC. Doer in spite of his limitations is more competent by an order of magnitude than anyone who currently resides within those camps.

Picturing Grinning Gary as the Knight-Errant of the political left .... the chevalier ... moved off the board to the realms of internation courtiers.

While the rest of Canada's political hacks are busy playing red-rover..... Harper plays chess.

Thanks to my buddy Steve who put this into perspective for me.


Some History

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mental Illness or True Believer ?

Now just to be clear ... there have surely been plenty of incidents where some whacked out Christian loon has goen and done something like this. Although none that specifically come to mind at this moment.

The difference is that if and when such things are done by such erstwhile Christians nutjobs the fact remains that the vast majority of true Christians recognize the acts of deranged individuals and having nothing to do with the religion.

In the case of Islam ..... it's part of the tenants that the faithful should strike out against what they see as sinners. There's a reward waiting for those that do......

Lambeth Walk ....

"The Jette (Brussels) police arrested a mentally ill 30 year old man who had it in for several beauty salons. The man went in and out of various salon while reciting verses from the Koran. In the last salon he suddenly grabbed a table and chair and threw them at the manager."

"The police arrested him further down the street. He looked very confused and during his interrogation he said that he was sent by Allah to punish women who put on makeup and did not respect the Koran. After consultation with the public prosecutor of Brussels he was brought to the psychiatric unit of a nearby hospital."

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday's Beer !

Well let's open up with a couple old friends........

We've been here before!

Now the only question on my mind is ..... wherefore Darcey? Does Friday Blues and Beer die on the vine?

No worries............ FNB&B is up and running!

For Talnik.....


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Just Because It's Friday!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Our Happy Socialist Paradise!

Oh my!

Our illustrious leader is going to leave.....

How will we face the future without his winning smile and steady competence .... working for the benefit of all Manitobans?

What will become of us?

Somehow the old saw about Rats and Sinking Ships comes to mind.

Doer Is Quitting

And for those of you who complained that I don't write enough about local stuff:

Click here and scroll down .... A bunch of history!

A bunch more history!

P/S ... Apparently .... Somebody I know recently told somebody else that I know ( You all know who you are!) ... that Grinnin Gary had a message to pass along to OMMAG.

"F@ck Off! " says Gary .....

Ahem! ..... Be seeing you.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Forced to Lie and Cheat?

Ah those accademic wunderkind.............

The cases of Nemazee, Hsu and other fundraising scandals point up the problems with a system that requires politicians to raise millions of dollars privately, said Clyde Wilcox, a professor of government at Georgetown University in Washington.

“Both parties have so many people in these categories,” Wilcox said. “This seems less a personal failure of Clinton and Obama than a more structural problem.”

Ah.... NO it's not Wilcox. It's a problem for ethically challenged people and especially for the likes of Clinton and Obama. It's a problem that is rampant among liberals and lefticles.

Read Bloomberg


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With a Nik Nak ..... Patty WaaK .....

More conservative mob violence and vandalism!

Well no ..... actually it's a 24 year old democrat campaign volunteer just trying to do what needs to be done.......

Police said that about 2:20 a.m., 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler, now in custody, and an at-large accomplice took a hammer to the picture windows displaying posters touting President Barack Obama and his health care reform efforts.

Early Tuesday, Democratic Party chairwoman Pat Waak said the damage to her building in Denver's art district was a consequence of "an effort on the other side to stir up hate." She tempered her statement after Schwenkler's political history was revealed.

"What I've been saying is there is a lot of rhetoric out there from both sides of the spectrum," Waak said. "That's what's been disturbing to me. People are saying a lot of things not appropriate for civil discourse."

NO ... what you've been saying is that this explicit act was a consequence of ............................... "an effort on the other side to stir up hate."

Typical lying liberal ..........

Hats off to



Human Rights Watch .... Who Are You?


Human Rights Watch

Needs a housecleaning.

"From now on, every HRW report on Israel is going to be greeted with "you mean the Saudi-funded HRW," or "you mean the report written by the woman [HRW Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson] who is a great admirer of Norman Finkelstein and lobbied Kofi Annan against Israel in the middle of the Second Intifada" or "you mean the report written by the guy [Stork] who supports the anti-Israel boycott movement and has been venting his hostility to Israel for almost forty years" or "you mean HRW, the organization that fails to take down from its website anti-Israel reports even when it has admitted they are inaccurate," and so on."

Thanks to USS Neverdock


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John Wayne Said ......

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Nancy .... Check Your Arm

A message from the "mob" ...........

And keep away from my kids !

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Ho..... Hum.....

The equivalent of masturbation in the news business!

Another day another push poll by the MSM .... today :

Canadian Press manufacturing the news.

Ok one more time ...... to explain how this works when you own an information channel .. and are in the business of "Shaping Opinion":

Step-1 : Publish lots of material that pushes your own point of view.
Step-2: Commission a poll to test the effectiveness of your campaign.
Step-3: Selectively report the results to emphasize the results YOU wanted.
Step-4: Repeat as required.........

Of course there are OTHER polls too .... !

Now you might want to ask yourself just why there would be so much disparity...


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Thanks for That

Some Perspective, if you Will

From !NoPasaran!

The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of "liberalism," they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.... I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.

- Norman Mattoon Thomas, 1944, socialist,

pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate

of the Socialist Party of America


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Clueless @ CBC

Saturday mornings Mrs. OMMAG likes to have a coffee and listen to Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe....

OK! I can put up with Stu and his cutsie-homey and homily laden tales ... he even has some decent musicians performing live at his shows ... I can even tolerate his cultivated Jimmy Stewart monologue style for a half hour or so.

BUT ..... it is the CBC and of course there is the CBC News .....

Today, the Ceeb newsroom offered some woman from Carlton U ( yeah that Carlton U) and of course the Profound and Informed Opinion of this social studies Expert.

The topic of today's lefty opinion ..... the recent arctic tour of PMSH .... funny how these people have only ONE drum to beat! So of course banging the progressive timpani our expert of the day offers her view that the PM should have avoided focussing on military threats in our north and offered to address the "REAL" problems.

Of course no mention of all the economic initiatives that were rolled out or reinforced.
And not a clue as to how the ability to defend your territory impacts your ability to develop your territorial economy.

Unicorns - rainbows - pixie dust...... when they are feeding from the trough that the taxpayers fill it's all just so easy.

CBC .... our cultural cornerstone.


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Friday, August 21, 2009

That 70s Hangover

Well ... actually from the 60's ... but they lasted well through the 70's.

This is one of my favorites and the guys still do the song justice!

Also ... another .... Nothing is Easy!


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Friday's Beer !

Say Hello to Leute Bokbier .......................... from our old friends at Brourij Van Steenberge:

Leute Bokbier is a dark red heavy high fermentation beer that undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle or in the keg. It has a very aromatic taste, not too distinctly sweet, yet full and mild in the mouth.

So they say......

I poured this one at basement temperature and she produced a healthy caramel coloured head.

The body in the glass was very deep amber and had lots of sparkle.

When I lofted to the nose the first imperssion was bakeshop maltiness and then some of that floral hop aroma you get from many Belgians.

On the tongue the drink was a bit grainy and the flavour very nicely balanced between the hops and malt sugars. Not sweet but rather ... pleasantly on the edge of bitter and then clean to a moist and mouthwatering finish.

An all around good drink for cooler days. I might try the next one chilled.

I'd like to get my hands on one of the Magnums!

Other opinions: 97 Bottles



Dust My Broom

Has beer and blues!

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Just Because It's Friday!

Smile Baby!

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Antigen To Stupidity


In any case the decidedly not stupid Jo Noory has an example of the terminallly stupid of academia:

Informed by feminist investigations of embodiment and bodiliness, we ask: How do we understand our bodily relationship to other animals? How do we embody animals, and how do animals embody us? How are carnal modes of incorporation, intimacy, and inhabitation kinds of contacts forged between “HumAnimals”?
What, or more precisely, who, we eat is determined by the patriarchal politics of our culture. Patriarchy is a gender system that is implicit in human/animal relationships… Manhood is constructed in our culture by access to meat eating and control of other bodies.

That is a synopsis for a humanities course ... I assume in women's studies ... from some university somewhere that is losing or has lost all of it's alumni support and endowments ... I am sure.

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Journalistic Integrity

STACLU Directs our attention to MSNBC .

"Check out the video below where Contessa Brewer of MSNBC tries to imply, a black man (which they purposefully crop out) is really a white person."

Black / White ..... colour blind Liberals ..... or race baiting Lefticles?


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Right behind YOU Nancy!

Without a hiccup the Democrat congress goes from claiming that the opposition to their dog and pony show town hall meetings was all orchestrated by conservatives and "Insurance Companies"... to sending the hounds after those insurance companies.

Next up ... those pesky conservatives....


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday .... It Must be Weather



A group of University of Ottawa mathematics students and their professor came to their dire conclusion after developing a simple model similar to one researchers might use to track the spread of a pandemic.

The result is food for thought for those who worry the living dead might eat their brains.

"A zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilization, unless it is dealt with quickly," they write.

The research began as an exercise in mathematical disease modelling, said University of Ottawa assistant professor Robert J. Smith?, whose last name contains a question mark to distinguish his common name from that of other researchers. (CBC)

Ok so just to prove a point they model the distribution of virus through a zombie scenario.

Kind of innovative......

But why the hell do we have to give CBC $1billion a year to produce crap reports like this?


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Monday, August 17, 2009

Those Who Are Ignorant of History ............

Are more likely to buy into today's variety of miniature auto.

Actually a pretty interesting little car.

But with the current frenzy among those who feel the need to make meaningless gestures or simply posture about being more "Conscious and Caring" .... I wonder just how the fate of this little gadget will relate to the fate of the current generation of government made and promoted econo-boxes.


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Because There Can Never be Enough Contempt ....

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Just Because

Roehr Motorcycles

The Roehr 1250sc

• 180 hp supercharged V Twin

• Innovative BiMetal composite beam frame

• Proudly handcrafted in the USA


What Can Chuck Norris Do?

Aside from kicking just about any one's ass.....

He can read The Democrat's health care bill.

"I decided to research the reasons so many are opposed to Obamacare to separate the facts from the fantasy. What I discovered is that there are indeed dirty little secrets buried deep within the 1,000-plus page health care bill."

And so he did..... and of course learns that that in spite of all the claims that this is about "Health and Care" and people who cannot afford insurance .... it's really about lot of different ways the government can intrude on the lives of private citizens.

Well hats off to Chuck .... who would have thought that it would be him to give Obama a reading lesson?

H/T to Darcey at and his many sources of good stuff.


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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Experts Science and The MSM

The Amazon recovering rain forrest?

In an article from Der Spiegel on line:

Felipe Garcia's shack backs up against a wall of forest. "My neighbors abandoned their farm seven years ago," says Garcia, a farmer. "Now the jungle has taken over their property once again." He strokes his round belly, and says: "And if I don't till my field, it'll look the same way in a few years."

Gee! Do you mean to tell us that those anonymous experts so often refered to by the media ... back in the day when rainforest deforestation was so tres chic a topic for discussion ... were full of crap when they proclaimed that the jungle would be irrecoverable?

All of those British rock stars and the world's fashionistas wrong?

David Suzuki out to lunch?

How could that be?

I am sure that I heard one expert or another quoted dozens of times asserting that the land was to be barren forever.

Perhaps an unasked question is just why these farmers are abandoning their land..... Like perhaps without the goverment subsidies the farms are largly unprofitable. And perhaps with the land reforms some of those beneficiaries really were not that keen on all the hard work involved. The socialists of Brazil must be very annoyed that their plans are not working out so well.

Not to worry though the MSM will have plenty of other experts to explain why.

Hattip to Georges at !NoPasaran! for pointing to this.


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Friday, August 14, 2009

From Russia With Love

The one on the right has two garlic cloves and hot pepper marinating in in.

Starts out smooth .......

.... Then burns like fire and leaves your mouth tasting like you could kill vampires with your breath.

I chased this with a few beers and then brushed my teeth and garlged. Still .... the next morning my mouth tasted like the cat crapped in it!

The other one, judging from the pine cone illustration on the bottle probably tastes like either Pine-Sol .... or muscle linament....

Maybe if you take one after the other your breath will be "just like the great outdoors" ...!



Just Because It's Friday!

Happy B'day Corey.................

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Friday's Beer !

Say hello to Palm from the folks at Palm Breweries at Steenhufl Be.

A gift from my Vancouver source.....

I was very pleased to see this bottle show up on Monday this week.

She's a a beer that reminds me of classic IPA... I chilled the bottle and the happy glass before serving.

The pour was lively with a nice head of white froth forming over clear amber body. The head stuck around for just a half minute anf then settled into an eigth inch.

The nose came across as floral hops with a hint of citrus over top of caramel malts, the maltiness definitely in the background. A pleasing combination for me.
The first sip gave a lot of tart citric hoppiness and then the caramel came through and left a slightly dry but refreshing after taste. The mouth feel was a bit dry at the end but the crispness of those hops for the first 9/10ths makes me want to go back quickly for the next draught.

After the glass warmed up a bit the caramel malts take over as the top sensation.

An interesting and rewarding beverage that I'd recomend for the sheer pleasure of drinking.

Compared to something like Stella .... twice the beverage.

For a Belgian ... very understated .... for a session beer .... near perfect when served cold and consumed without dilly-dallying. One sip.. one swallow.. one more!

I'd say two thumbs up ....... but you can try it and decide for yourself.

And of course there are always other opinions:

Beer Advocate

Rate Beer

NOW ... You know damned well that it's Friday so get yerself over to

Dust My Broom for Darce'y selections of Beer and Blues



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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Rock and Roll Heaven Just Got A Little Richer

Not that Les Paul was a rocker per se ......... but there is no one in the music business since 1950 or so that hasn't been affected by his genius.

Lover the genius of Les on the guitar and in the studio.

Farewell Les Paul:
Born June 9, 1915, in Waukesha, Wis. .............. gone to heaven aAugust 13, 2009.

Vaya Con Dios Sweet music.


BTW - This music was re-recorded to digital format from a record pressed in 1950.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Who Said That?


Tuesday, August 11, 2009


There are those who think this is symbolic of more ...than the jokers in Washington intended....

Wait ..... maybe it's perfect for Obamacare:

The caduceus is sometimes used as a symbol for medicine or physicians (instead of the rod of Asclepius) even though the symbol has no connection with Hippocrates and any association with healing arts is something of a stretch; its singularly inappropriate connotations of theft, commerce, deception and death have provided fodder for academic humor.

(OK, I did lift this from wikipedia .... so the reference to commerce conflated with theft and deception makes sense in that perspective!)

Did the AMA give permission for the use of THEIR symbol?

OH wait they don't use the caduceus standard anymore... their new symbol is a downward spiral ...



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Just When You Think It Couldn't Get More Stupid....

In walks John Kerry ....

'Desperation Time': NYT Promotes 'National Security' Climate Fears - But claims are merely 'a redux of 1970's laughable scares about famines and resource scarcity'

Well .... yes.

The most remarkable thing is that when the USA was attacked by Arab Terrorists .... right in front yard of the Times ...... they could do nothing but undermine the US Government for striking back.

Now with the loony toons Dems ensconced in the halls of power .... it's cheerleading time.... no matter what.


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Putting Nancy Pelosi's teeth On a Rodent!

Seems redundant to me ........ and very unfair to rodents.
H/T to Are We Lumberjacks?


Monday, August 10, 2009

News Vs. Newsy

An object lesson in the difference between reporting and editorializing.

First ... A report by a reporter:

Just the facts!
An excerpt:

But Mr. Obama pressed his Mexican counterpart to be careful to observe human rights. "I have great confidence in President Calderon's administration, applying the law enforcement techniques that are necessary to curb the power of the cartels, but doing so in a way that is consistent with human rights," he said.

Mr. Calderon responded, through a translator, that he is most concerned about the right of Mexican citizens to walk the streets in safety. "The struggle, the battle, the fight against organized crime is precisely to preserve the human rights of the Mexican people," he said.

Sadly .... A Story for AP By Jennifer Loven:

An embarrassment of adjectives and opinion!

A highlight: "We have a broken immigration system. Nobody denies it," Obama said. But politically and legislatively, it stands behind health care, energy legislation and an overhaul of financial regulatory rules on Obama's first-term agenda. ( Adds Jennifer )

Care to bet Jennifer's best marks at school were in creative writing?

Oh yeah! A bonus Obama Quote: "It's very important for us to sequence these big initiatives in a way where they don't all just crash at the same time," he said.


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The Company Picnic

As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barack Obama is our President and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way.
To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by about 10%. But since we cannot increase our prices right now due to the dismal state of the economy, we will have to lay off sixty of our employees instead.
This has really been bothering me, since I believe we are family here and I didn't know how to choose who would have to go.
So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lots and found sixty 'Obama' bumper stickers on our employees' cars and have decided these folks will be the ones to let go. I can't think of a more fair way to approach this problem.
They voted for change, I gave it to them. I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic.

H/T to Angel ......... WHT

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

When Leftards Protest It's Patriotic

When It's Conservative Middle America .... It's a whole other story!

Out: Mobs. In: Political terrorists!
Please share!

"The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political well, they’ve given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition. They’ve become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems."

As per usual the left want to shut everyone else up and end all discussion, or criticism of their ideas and desires.


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No Trees On The Prairie

I was struck by the lack of trees when I first drove across the prairies about 40 years ago.

So why don't the trees grow here?


Those are round hay bails that we always make fun of cause they look like giant Muffets.
They weigh over 1/2 a ton (or tonne if you're metrically inclined) and the report from the locals is that they blew as much as 5 miles in the wind. Happened last year but I never saw pictures like this before.

A Hat Tip to SDA and Larry Webber who posted this along with some other photos.


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Friday, August 07, 2009

Friday's Beer!

Say hello to ......

Chalky's BITE !

The idea for Chalky's Bite came about as a challenge from Rick Stein to Sharp's Head Brewer Stuart Howe.

"The task was to create a distinctly English beer with the character, individuality and quality to stand alongside the Belgian greats. "

"The beer created is exceptional with a delicate flavour balance of three different hop varieties and wild Cornish fennel. With a totally natural process and a maturation period of over three months the beer is allowed ample time to develop a high level of carbonation, its own distinctive flavour and a beautiful light golden colour.

Chalky's patience whilst attending the many development and sampling sessions at the Brewery is justifiably rewarded in the name."

Well this one caught my eye a little while ago and I've been saving a couple bottles for just the right time.

Right off the top I did things a little different with this beer sampling. First, I chilled the bottle to nearly freezing. I also froze the happy glass to about minus 20.

It's summer after all and I sensed that this lager was just the candidate for traditional lager serving...... I was right.

Poured into the frozen happy glass without any regard for being delicate the pup produced a great white head of foam that lasted long enough to take a bite. Really!

I got a mouthfull off the top and chewed it. Very hoppy in the classic lager way that I grew up with.

The body is truly golden and the aroma is very much about the hops. The blend they use makes for a slightly spicy and definitely pungent hop aroma. Maybe it's the fennel that offers the floral tones but I'm getting a lot of really aromatic hop scents. All this over a hint of malty caramel.

The first taste after the foam was a pleasant bitterness and the underlying malt sweetness.
I am guessing that if you serve this a bit warmer (10 deg c or so) the malts will come on strong.

The mouth feel at this temperature is clean and crisp. The finish nicely neutral with a bit of the seasoning lingering.

All in .... a very refreshing and rewarding beer for those of us who like the classic lager.

This puppy gets BOTH thumbs up ( to paraphrase Darcey at DMB) .... but you can get

Other opinions .

Now if it's Friday then it must be time for Friday Night Blues and Beer over at www dot dustmybroom dot com !!!



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When The Rank And File Get THEIR Say!

In any organization it is often quite different to hear what the grass roots has to say from what you get from the vested interest officials.

The AARP is looking like the "Official" side of things is very far removed from the actual membership.
Take a look at this video of an AARP "Listening Session" ..... As in "You people shut up and listen because we are here to TELL you what is what!!"

The bald faced arrogance of these people is going nowhere with the audience....

Or just Link Here to see this and some interesting commentary!


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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Breaking News!

"Houston Police Officers Union President Gary Blankinship said cadets are trained how to search morbidly obese people."




Our Friend's Back Yard

Right here in Winnipeg.

One of the "Holy Smokes!!!" Moments........


Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Today In Winnipeg

Gail Asper .... gets a full page in BOTH our local newspapers to give a sales pitch for her pet project.

You know the one where she has collected plenty of "Owes" and a bunch more Taxpayer's money!

It seems that a few people are getting under her skin (good) as they start asking for explanations about how she .... or rather .... WE ... are going to pay for
Her Monument to vainglory!

And people wonder why I have such a low opinion of the local media!

Well ... It's not JUST the local yokels ... Mike Duffy .... got used by a PEI paper that basically sent some young reportlet to interview him ... got no imformation because they asked no questions .... then made up a story about the Dufster having made grandiose promises and speechifying away.

Of course we could always talk about the CBC or CTV and their version of "Fair and Balanced" news coverage..... or the endless stream of nonsense they produce in leiu of actual facts and news.

You know ... it's not so much that these people in the media are really dumb ..... it's that they think we are all dumber than THEM!


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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Just Because!

Awesome .... 25 years or so since we last got together.

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Say Hello To ......

Nicky Goomba blogger extraordinaire ....

Author of "It Don't Make Sense" ....

"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act. —Dietrich Bonhoeffer"

Yes indeed.

Cheers Nick.... !


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Monday, August 03, 2009

From The Days Before Hangovers!

1965 .... I was barely a teenager!

But I knew something was up when I saw and heard these girls.....

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Sunday, August 02, 2009

Tele Talk - With Roy Buchanan

From YouTube

Clapton and Beck both went to school on this guys techniques and seldom if ever acknolwedged his contribution. Roy was "The Best Guitar Player Nobody Heard Of "......... a real shame he passed on over twenty years ago because he deserved to have recognition while he was still around.


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