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Things That Ticked Me Off This Week – September 14


Herman Cain

Herman Cain

Lots of crazy stuff this week.  Let’s start with the stupid this week.

Some idiot from Jordan decided that the classic Moorish architecture of the Alhambra in Spain was missing that certain something, his name carved into the stone work.  So the fool decided to do this using an amazing writing tool, a coin.  More at the link.

http://news.yahoo.com/tourist-carves-initials-spains-alhambra-105110369.html

Now we will move to the downright dangerous and arrogant.  Striking longshoremen in Washington state stormed a port in Longview (a union port), taking hostages and destroying equipment and rail cars.  Their reason, these jobs are ours.  No recognition at all that the owners have the right to run their business however they wish, including hiring workers from OTHER unions to perform the work.  I love this, no arrests have been made, so taking hostages is cool if you are doing it on union time.  More at the link’

http://news.yahoo.com/longshoremen-storm-wash-state-port-damage-rr-144921214.html

Speaking of arrogant, did you catch Obama’s speech.  Pass this bill right away, even though there was no bill in existence.  The best response to the speech was by Republican presidential primary candidate, Herman Cain.  I won’t ruin the surprise, read it on your own, if you have 5 seconds that is.

http://secure.campaigner.com/Campaigner/Public/t.show?NKRH–9hB4-eH60S6

And the final note for the week, an absolutely unbelievable post by New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman.  This ASSHOLE published the attached commentary on the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks.  I, for one will never forget this callous abomination.  I only wish I had a subscription to the NYT so I could cancel it.

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/11/the-years-of-shame/?smid=tw-NytimesKrugman&seid=auto

That’s it for this week.  I feel better now.


The Wisdom of Donald Trump – Libya, Irene and Reporters


Donald Trump at a press conference announcing ...

Donald Trump

A recent video by Donald Trump on Libya and the reporting of disasters.  His big thing on Libya, why are we paying for rebels who are likely Iranians and not demanding they pay us back, a good tirade.  The other is the “natural disaster reporting” conducted by the media.  This was recorded prior to Irene hitting New York City and he looks clairvoyant in his statements on the severity.

As usual, provocative and confrontational.

Things That Ticked Me Off This Week


Libby Davies, New Democratic member of Parliam...

Libby Davies

As a rule, I sit and read, then seethed over some really crazy (to me) stuff.  The ironic, the pompous, the ridiculous, the downright stupid, I ingest it and just basically get angry.  Some of this is not anger worthy to you,  Doesn’t matter, it is foolish to me.  In this vein, I intend to do a weekly post of stuff that just plain pisses me off.  Nothing fancy, an article or 2 and a comment or 2.  You’ll either get pissed at me or you’ll join me at laughing in the face of the foolish.

Lets get started shall we.

The pompous.  Al Gore compares climate change to the Civil Rights fight.*  I am sure Al is well-meaning, but, come on.  the science is loose at best, his personal reputation on the subject is crumbling.  I wouldn’t be surprised if his Oscar gets yanked on him for that horrendous “Inconvenient Truth” bafflegab.  Ridiculous comment by a spent force.

The ridiculous. Christine St-Pierre, Quebec’s Culture Minister has come up with a beautiful plan to control the press* (and bloggers).  She floated a plan to, get this, license journalists.  Needless to say, journalists were somewhat unanimous in condemning this dumbass idea.  The best part, Christine St-Pierre was once a CBC employee. LOL.

The Crazy.  A professor at the University of Manitoba lost his bid to rescind a student’s PhD* awarded despite the student failing the course.  the student claimed a disability, which the university agreed with.  The disability? “EXTREME EXAM ANXIETY”.  I am enrolling at the U of M tomorrow.  I’ll be a surgeon in a couple of years.

The foolish.  My favourite for the NDP leadership. Libby Davies, came out in support of eliminating the 10 year rule* that immigrants are required to wait to be able to claim Old Age Security.  Her thinking is that if you come to Canada and promptly retire, we should pay that person  OAS and GIS, no questions asked.  The bill was promptly pulled by the NDP for obvious optical reasons.

That is all.

Economic Crisis – This Politician Gets It


George Osborne MP, pictured speaking on the la...

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George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer in the United Kingdom gave the attached statement in Parliament.  It is particularly scathing of both the Euro and the USA, and their approach to the “Crisis”

And earlier this week the UK’s Credit Default Swap spread, or the price of insuring against a sovereign default, was lower than Germany’s.

This is a huge vote of confidence in the credibility of British Government debt and a major source of stability for the British economy at a time of exceptional instability.

And it is a reminder of the reckless folly of those who said we were going too far, too fast.

We can all see now that their approach would have been too little, too late – with disastrous consequences for Britain.

Mr Speaker, it is not hard to identify the recent events that have triggered the latest market falls.

There has been the weak economic data from the US and the historic downgrade of that country’s credit rating.

And the crisis of confidence in the ability of Eurozone countries to pay their debts has spread from the periphery to major economies like Italy and Spain.

But these events did not come out of the blue.

They all have the same root cause.

Debt.”

Continue reading here*

Donald Trump Talks About …..His Desk???


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“My desk is in my office”.  Great line.  Mr. Trump discusses the importance that his desk has in his success.  Great stuff, yet it makes pragmatic, logical sense, and so trivial at the same time.

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The Wisdom of Donald Trump – Norway, Amanda Knox and the Debt Ceiling


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As usual, some direct and pointed commentary from Donald Trump.  As blunt as always, he says what he believes should happen to the Norwegian mass murderer, his view of the Amanda Knox saga in Italy and of course, some final words on the debt ceiling strategy of the Republican Party.  The debt video is from July 25, but hey, he still has an interesting take on who will be remembered a year from now when it will matter.

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North Korea is in Charge of World Disarmament – Part 3


Members of CD (Conference on Disarmament).

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With righteous indignation, the peace loving government of North Korea lambastes Canada for it’s decision to boycott the UN Conference on Disarmament for the duration of North Korea’s chairmanship.  In response, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird said that Canada would wear the criticism as a badge of honour.

Simply put, this is a major oxymoron and another reason that the United Nations is becoming more and irrelevant on issues such as this.  Another reason to be proud to be Canadian.  We are the only country to protest this decision to allow the North Koreans the chair.

The Wisdom of Donald Trump – Don't Let Obama Push You Around


Donald Trump

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Donald Trump has been pretty active on the YouTube front lately, and I’ve been to busy to keep up.  Attached is some advice for the Republicans that he posted on July 18.  Seems the latest “crisis” over the Debt Limit is giving the Donald something interesting to hammer both Obama and the Republicans at the same time with.  Still, you have to respect his acumen and give him some leeway.  He does know money, and how to both make it and keep it.

Bob Rae – I’m "Super Elite" – and a Fool


Picture of Bob Rae

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There are leaders and then there are people who think they are.  Bob Rae thinks he is.  Canada’s Liberal Party leader (for now) has a rather warped sense of self importance.  Imagine the situation as described in this link and then think “sense of entitlement”  The taxpayer foots the bill for most, if not all, of his air fare.  He uses (I assume) his Aeroplan to amass vast amounts of frequent flyer miles, ramping himself to “Super Elite” status.  Then he uses this taxpayer fed status to worm his way on to a flight ahead of several people who had just been told there were no seats.  Lack of class, perhaps.  Lacl of common sense, definitely.  The optics are brutal and heighten the public’s current perception of both him and the party he represents as both elitist and entitlement driven.

The Wisdom of Donald Trump – Debt Ceiling and The Republicans


Donald Trump in February 2009

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A new video from Donald Trump, laying into the Republican Party and their moves on the debt ceiling debate that is dominating politics these days.  As always, he is succinct and direct.  He sums things up pretty food for 44 seconds of commentary.  He has the appearance and demeanour of someone who has not quite closed the door on his aspirations.

 

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