Saturday, October 30, 2004

WHAT???

"It is believed that there is the possibility that human remains were fed to pigs," says the report prepared earlier this year by a branch of Health Canada.

"This poses no known risks to the food supply. The viruses . . . - hepatitis B and C, HIV and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, tuberculosis - do not cross the species barrier and would be inactivated by the pig digestive system."


Well... thanks a fucking lot, Health Canada. Now I can sleep easier that the pork shoulder that I ate in Victoria a couple of years back didn't taste like skank!

Maybe weapons-grade plutonium is also safe for kids, right? Right?

NEXT!

"Teach your children well..."

If there was any doubt that the old "land for peace" policy started by the late Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Perez was a bad idea, this link should banish it right away.

If there was any doubt that hate was by nurture rather than nature, check the link.

If you think that leaders can fuck children up just as bad if not worse than the worst pedophile, the link is proof positive that hate indoctrination is child abuse.

Fuck the Jihad! No more land for peace!

Shabbat Shalom!

And Happy Hallowe'en!

(Thanks to my good fiends at the Rottweiler and LGF.)

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Politics makes people stupid in West Palm Beach

Liberals don't have a monopoly on moonbat-ism

Dopey Steven Soper, a Bush supporter, was alleged to have attacked his girlfriend over a Kerry vote.

Soper began pushing and shoving 18-year-old Stacey Silviera Tuesday night when she came to his house to return some of his personal items, deputies said.

"I kill you," he said, according to the arrest report. "You want (to) live to see the election?"

He held her with a screwdriver and a shard from a broken pot while a deputy tried to separate them, said Paul Miller, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The girlfriend broke free and the deputy used a Taser on Soper.


Democracy in action, ain't it?

NEXT!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Team America World Police - and the 1 hour 40 minutes that I can't take back. (A short, hostile review.)

Yesterday I had a bit of a dilemma.

I had a choice between staying at home and watching "Degrassi: The Next Generation" mainly to check out Mr. Silent Bob himself, Kevin Smith, or check out the cheap movie night at the Empire Theatres in Bayers Lake.

What the hell, I thought to myself. Considering that there would be a repeat of the Degrassi broadcast, I decided to check out "Team America World Police", created by the twisted minds of Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

So far, I'm only familiar with their main meal ticket, "South Park", and vaguely familiar with their other offerings, "Base-ketball" and "Orgazmo". But I thought that a trip to see the World Police in action would satisfy some sick and twisted jones for some sick and twisted satire featuring marionnettes. After all, doesn't anyone like to see Michael Moore (or at least a reasonable facsimile of him) get his just desserts?

Well, the movie was good for the first 15-20 minutes when the Team obliterated half of Paris, lost a member, gained a member, obliterated half of Egypt then get boycotted by a bunch of lefty actors. After that, it turned into one jumbled shit-stew of left-right dichotomies, toilet humour, hardcore sex (without the mess, believe it or not - hands down, the funniest part of the film) and lame racial stereotyping coupled with mangled patois. "Kim Jong-Il" came off as a bad Cartman knockoff, complete with substitution of the "L" sound with a rhotic "R".

Somehow, lost in this clusterfuck is a brave attempt to mock the sanctimoniousness of both liberals and conservatives (yes... conservatives can be sactimonious dicks, too) and the concept of good intentions. If you take away the outrageous sideshows going on in the lives of characters (as this is being labelled as an "action movie"), the film would have the potential to be this century's "Dr. Strangelove". But it all becomes just plain redundant, boring and lame in the end.

I coudn't feel this movie much to like it, but I have to give it enough respect since if a movie like this featured human actors as opposed to marionnettes, there would have been a) a massive deficit on the part of Parker and Stone because of the effects; and b) there would've been shrieks of outrage from the X-tian fundamentalists for its unapologetic display of vulgarity.

(Not that vulgarity is bad, of course: life itself can be a very vulgar exercise.)

My suggestion - wait for the dvd or just P2P the motherfucker.

As for the 1 hr 40 mins... someone else will have to come up with it.

Nova Scotia promotes health "down-under"...

Next on the line... McLean and McLean take the "o" out of "country".

Heh heh heh...

Monday, October 25, 2004

The wearing of grief.

The San Francisco Chronicle has an article out on a new trend hitting America's urban streets.

R.I.P. shirts, according to the article, have been around for years...

The origin of R.I.P. shirts is a bit murky, but some entrepreneurs say the shirts originated in the South, during jazz funeral processions in New Orleans. Others trace R.I.P. roots farther, to West Africa and the Caribbean, where mourners often wear head scarves or handkerchiefs with the deceased's likeness on them, said psychologist Ronald Barrett, a professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles who has written extensively on African American funeral practices.


The only problem is: when are they coming up to Canada?

Sheik Younus Kathrada: Morally Illiterate Islamidiot! (UPDATED VERSION)

[Begin profane rant]

First, read this article about this fucker Sheik Younus Kathrada, and mull this over:


In speeches and lectures given at the Dar al-Madinah Islamic Society mosque in east Vancouver, Sheik Younus Kathrada has regularly lashed out at Israelis and the entire Jewish population.

Kathrada has been heard telling his congregation that the Qur'an perceives Jews to be treacherous people. He also says Muslims and Jews are poised for an apocalyptic fight.

"The prophet... said the final hour will not be established until such time as the Muslims will battle and will fight against the Jews," Kathrada says in a recording obtained by The Canadian Press.

Obviously, this cunt seems pretty progressive: many bigots used to think that Islam was stuck in the Stone Age.

I am quite convinced that judging by this waste of human tissue, he has progressed the extreme Islamidiotarianism to the Dark Ages.

And as you read even further...

Kathrada has also lashed out at Israelis for killing Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin. "We know what happened over the last week and how the brothers of the monkeys and swine assassinated and murdered one of the heroes of Islam," Kathrada said.

When confronted, Kathrada defended his name-calling, saying "I guess it's no rougher than what is used against us." He added, "It's in our Qur'an."

Ohhhh... so it is, oh venerable Sheikh? Is that all you read? The fucking Qur'an? Do you have any life outside of every single word and syllable printed in the Qur'an?

Jesus Fuck, man... did you spend most of your life in a cave being taught by those who have no other life than the Qur'an? Even David Koresh and the Branch Davidians had other things to deal with other than the Gospels. And they were called religious extremists!

Of course, this isn't the first time the Sheikster has made the news: check this out:


One honest man spelled the difference between a good week and a bad for a local golf course.

On Sunday night, a member of the Richmond Mosque ran over a tattered IGA shopping bag at the intersection of No. 6 Road and Westminster Highway. Looking back to see what he'd hit, he noticed cash spilling out.

"He thought if he didn't stop and pick it up, someone dishonest would," said Younus Kathrada, a sheik at the Dar Al-Madinah Islamic Society, speaking for the man who came to him after making the find.

"He is a Muslim and wouldn't even entertain the thought of keeping it," said Kathrada.
Not to mention this story right here...


Younus Kathrada, a teacher at Dar Al-Madinah – a Muslim prayer and information centre – says he often spoke with the young man.

Kathrada says he and others who had seen the Vancouver man come into the centre for the last two years couldn't believe the news out of Chechnya.

"We were in a state of shock, and we remain in a state of shock because we really don't know what has transpired, and just like everyone else we would like to know," he says.
How about this one...


Suleman Nassir, a Saudi Arabian resident who is currently taking a management course at a Lower Mainland college, stumbled upon about $7,000 in cash and coins inside a cloth bag sitting on the road at a local intersection Sunday night while he was on his way to pray at a local mosque.

Stopped at No. 5 Road and Westminster Highway, Nassir told The Richmond Review that it was obvious the bag contained money because coins were strewn about on the roadside. Inside were cash register receipts along with $20, $50 and $100.

(...) Kathrada said the Muslim faith teaches about ownership of property and not taking what doesn't belong to you, and the value of honesty.

Wow... "one honest man", eh?

And now he's spewing some major anti-shemite shite at the local mosque? Did some Great Shaitan take control over him and twist this religion of peace?

And is it any wonder why more people are turning to atheism and agnosticism because X-tianity, Judaism and Islam have supremist undercurrents?

The weird thing is that both X-tians and Jewz have reformed and enlightened their beliefs, "The Passion of the Christ" and "The Passion of the Jew" notwithstanding. Islam is still trying to get into the Dark Ages, but all these self-appointed leaders wanted to play Messiah and start all these fucking Jihads.

And unlike X-tianity, Islam has no centralized authority such as a pope or pontiff to standardise practices. Thus one mullah would say "Do this" while Sheikh Yerbouti would say "Don't do this; do that". Meanwhile, Sheikh Yermanni Mekker would declare, "We shall do this, but my way", countered by Sheikh Yerass's "We shall do this, but only when we feel like it."

So, when will the feds throw all the books at Sheik Kathrada and his hateful piece of cocksuck supremism? Isn't that a hate crime? Doesn't that warrant a charge of "public incitement of hatred" under the Criminal Code (section 319, FTWK)? I think it should.

Thankfully, some saner heads are prevailing, and it will be a matter of time before that fuckwad Kathrada be brought to heel.

And maybe then, all of us should be able to breathe easier.

Fuck you, Kathrada! No Jihad for you, punk.

[End rant]

UPDATE: Sheik Kathrada has recently tried to perform a public foot-extrication operation by claiming that his words were taken out of context.

In his statement, Kathrada takes a measure of responsibility for the uproar that has created "some of the saddest moments of my life" by using "a poor choice of words" and not explaining exactly what he meant.
But he also criticized "irresponsible reporting" that used his words out of context.
"Contrary to what the media has tried to portray, I am not a violent nor hateful person," he says.


Translation: "Damn those effin' Jooz!"

Nice to see an honest man explaining himself with a mouth full of foot.

Bon appetit, Sheikh!

Ban the Toronto Marathon - wha-haaa?

In light of the death of a 42 year-old Guelph runner, Canada Free Press's Arthur Weinreb proposes that the Toronto Marathon should be banned.

Given the fact that the State in question has concluded that we puny humans are incapable of accountability with regards to health - witness smoking bans and the proposed moratorium on fresh sushi in Toronto area restaurants - a ban on a gruelling marathon may be in order.

Since when have citizens become responsible for their own health? Adults can't decide to smoke in a bar with other consenting adults or use a pesticide or now it appears, eat sushi that has not been previously frozen. Where did this radical idea that people are responsible for their own health ever come from? The doctor's statement is a shameful expression of individual responsibility that has absolutely no place in 21st century Toronto. It will only be a matter of time before laws are proposed to outlaw smoking in cars and then homes and then limiting the number of Big Macs that people can eat. Yet the radical suggestion is made that people be allowed to run, even though that activity can result in serious injury or death.


All heil the Glorious Nanny State! No plans on curing cancer or diabetes, but then why bother when you have all the band-aid solutions at your disposal?

NEXT!

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Mosaic? What mosaic?

Another tile in the Canadian "mosaic" has gone out the fucking window in light of comments made by the head of the Canadian Islamic Congress regarding the Palestinian situation and attacks on Israelis over the age of 18 on Michael Coren's tv show.

While appearing as part of a panel discussion on the Michael Coren Live TV show, an Ontario current affairs program, (Mohamed) Elmasry said any Israeli over the age of 18 could be attacked because they are all members of the Israeli army.

"Anyone and everyone in Israel - irrespective of gender-over the age of 18 is a valid target?, Coren asked.

"Yes, I would say," Elmasry responded.

I'd say that right about now, Mr. Mo is working frantically trying to get his big mouth cleared of his much bigger foot.

This is the "mosaic" in which we Canucks take pride?

Refer to the story about the sheik saying all those nice things about the Yehudies: another fine example of Federal Multiculturalism© if there ever is one.

Speaking about my favourite bald entity (outside of DJ Marcus Visionary, of course), Mr. Coren has something to say about the fibbing libs' tolerance of dissenting views, which starts off like this...

A worrying trend has developed in Canada and it threatens the very basis of free speech. Certain people no longer say, "I disagree with you," but rather, "you shouldn't be allowed to say that." It occurs in all areas, but never so often as when homosexuality is discussed.
He then goes on to say...

Within the Canadian academic world it is, quite simply, unwise to oppose any contemporary liberal icons, and none is more iconic that homosexual marriage. "Our university press, especially when it comes to sensitive social issues, should pursue a higher objective: publish only good books," says The McGill Daily.
As usual... in the Eternal War Between Liberals and Conservatives, George Orwell's "Animal Farm" metaphor "Four legs good - Two legs bad" applies.

Paraphrasing Mao Zedong - "Let a thousand flowers bloom..."

Speaking of Marcus Visionary, check out an example of what he can do. Just click on the previous link on his name and you'll realise that Jungle/Drum 'n Bass is still alive and kicking in the Great White North.

Big up, Mr. Sills!

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Rotten 1 - Shark 0

Don't fuck with an old school punk rocker!

Just take a look at Johnny Rotten's picture in this article, and you'll realise why the shark turned tail and left.

The singer, who now goes by his real name John Lydon, was in a diving cage in an area called Shark Alley.

(...) As his cage went underwater, Lydon says: "I'm an ugly old sod - but what you are about to see is a proper set of dentures."

Well, now I'll know who to take for the next deployment...


KRS-One: Coming Clean

Hip-hop's non-stop agitpropper KRS-One tries to set things proper in his site "Temple of Hiphop" by declaring:

Like everyone I was shocked to read that I and other African-Americans actually “cheered when 911 happened” and that I have “declared my solidarity with Al Qaeda”. When I read my words taken out of context I was shocked and disappointed that the Daily News would go this far to assassinate my character and distort my views.
About the statement about America commiting "suicide":

My full statement was “America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place. If you want to go beyond voting American interests must put a gun to its head and commit suicide because as long as long as we are only interested in American interests we go out and invade the rest of the world. The real question is are you a citizen of the United States or are you a citizen of the world? And so for me, I would say voting in a corrupt society adds more corruption.”
And as for 9/11:

I was asked by the New Yorker magazine to discuss “different and personal beliefs musicians hold and the contribution artists like myself can make to the nation’s political dialog”. My views were indeed different and most were personal. However, when I was asked about why Hiphop has not engaged the current situation more (meaning 911) my responds was “because it does not affect us, or at least we don’t perceive that it effects us, 911 happened to them”. I went on to say that “I am speaking for the culture now; I am not speaking my personal opinion”. I continued to say; “911 effected them down the block; the rich, the powerful those that are oppressing us as a culture. Sony, RCA or BMG, Universal, the radio stations, Clear Channel, Viacom with BET and MTV, those are our oppressors those are the people that we’re trying to overcome in Hiphop everyday, this is a daily thing. We cheered when 911 happened in New York and say that proudly here. Because when we were down at the trade center we were getting hit over the head by cops, told that we can’t come in this building, hustled down to the train station because of the way we dressed and talked, and so on, we were racially profiled. So, when the planes hit the building we were like; mmmm justice.” And just as I began to say “now of course a lot of our friends and family were lost there as well” but I was interrupted.

(...) These are not my views only; these views represent a popular truth that few people are really ready to hear. No one wished death on anyone or just sat and “cheered when 911 happened”. But some of us can see through the bullshit! America must change its approach to the world and its citizens. This, I believe is what all Americans should be thinking about. How do we make our country better?
It's very obvious here that KRS-One is making one valiant effort to extricate his foot from his mouth. While it's very noble to speak from the heart, sometimes you wind up talking out of your arse. And the comments that One made at the New Yorker GT were fine examples of speaking from the heart out of your ass.

For years my career has been one of promoting peace, love, unity and having fun; such has always been Hiphop’s cultural principles. So how all of a sudden now can I be aligned with Al Qaeda? What happened to honest debate and freedom of speech!
I suspect that they all went out the window when al-Qaeda decided to pay NYC a visit.

It used to be - from my standpoint - that Americans were starting to see the world the say the Euroes and Canadians saw it: not in stark black and white, but in many shades of grey. Now, it's either this or that. Any combinations of the 2 or none of the above are no longer considered options.

We are an imperfect, flawed species. We still maintain this animalistic sense of territorialism that translates into nationaloism, tribalism and sectarianism, and you have to admit that all these isms lead to more isms and pain.

The words would make sense, but within the context of what the United States, never mind NYC, had gone through over the past 3-4 years they should have been laid out in a better sequence. For certain views, freestyling in front of millions of conflicting, emotionally charged viewpoints may not be an intelligent option. And thus, KRS-One is getting hanged for trying to make sense without using his brain first.

For the record, I am an American philosopher. I speak and seek truth. If the slander that the Daily News has printed regarding my political views has disrespectfully offended anyone in any way I truly apologize. Again, it was never my or Hiphop’s intent to disregard, disrespect or demean the tragedy of September 11th 2001 and those that died that day. However, we do have a voice and a point of view and if you are not prepared to hear what Hiphop has to say about its view of world events then don’t ask!
As I said before, use your brain first.

"If ye break faith with us who die..."

In most Commonwealth countries, the poppy symbolizes the sacrifices made by men and women in distant and not-so-distant wars so that others can live in peace.

This year, the Royal Canadian Mint has issued the world's first coloured coin. The 25¢ piece, known as "The Poppy Coin", is currently being distributed at Tim Horton stores across the country.

If you're unable to wear the poppy this November, at least carry one in your pocket.

And while you're at it, remember the words from John McCrae's classic poem, "In Flander's Fields"...

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Friday, October 22, 2004

First France - NOW BRITAIN?

Well... many peoples think that the Republique Fran├žaise is slowly falling into the Islam-Idiotarian camp, as witnessed by a BBC article regarding foreign language instruction in their public schools.

France's report said standards of English in schools were poor and worsening.

Its conclusions have been challenged by some politicians, including one deputy from the ruling UMP party, Jacques Myard.

He told Le Monde: "English is the most-spoken language today, but that won't last."

He said Spanish, Chinese and Arabic were all growing in importance.

"If we must make a language compulsory, it should be Arabic," he said.

And who won the battle of Agincourt? Helped you out in WW ver 1.0 and 2.0? Gave you pop culture and rock and roll? Persians? Mongols? Bedouins?

Now the Brits are in danger of becoming the next domino to fall as the Euro community slowly get Islam-Emasculated, with reports that thousands of Muslims may have skirted British law against polygamy.

The nikah ceremony, which is conducted by an imam, is recognized by Islamic authorities as a marriage in the sight of God. But it is not valid under British law, leaving many wives without income, pension, property or welfare rights if the relationship breaks off.

The government said it is a criminal offence to contract a second marriage while the first is still in force.

Never mind that the local moonbats over at the Guardian recently tried to convince voters in Ohio that DemocRat prez candidate / ex-Vietnam Vet turned anti-War hippie / flip-flop flim-flam man / suspected gay-porn actor John Kerry was the better candidate.

If Britain falls, who's next?

Canada?

Something for the X-tian fundamentalcases to think about this Hallowe'en

Hallowe'en is a joyous occasion mocking evil in all it's forms.

Nothing wrong with little bratty peoplets running around saying "Trick or Treat" and receiving all those pennies for UNICEF.

And yet there are those types that want to outdo the Islamidiots in the "I'm more pious than thou" department by trying to deny the right to get cavities and contract diabetes.

Thankfully, Calgary Sun columnist Jose Rodriguez feels otherwise wants you to know this.

In the U.S. Bible Belt, some communities are asking their pint-sized pirates and princesses to do their costume-and-candy tour a day early.

Several municipalities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are also changing Halloween to Saturday -- officially.

In Lewisporte, Nfld., council unanimously passed a motion for a Saturday Halloween, noting that many residents believe devil's night and the Lord's day should not overlap.

Charlottetown, P.E.I. city councillors also changed Halloween to Saturday.

Then, as if the devil himself appeared over their shoulders and whispered in their ears, they changed it back.

Still, some Christian groups on the East Coast are encouraging young parishioners to attend church on Halloween Sunday dressed as characters from the Bible.


All I can say is... prise the Lord and pass the candy.

Sadly... I'll be on duty on that day. Save some for me.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

It's no longer just a journey!

Notice a slight change in title?

The travels in cyberspace via the information superhighway are getting a little more interesting.

More places, views, news, scandals: I'm just loving it.

Of course, I've been neglecting my TV a little too much, and my social life ain't getting any better either.

But now that I've made myself more sydicatable, I thought it would be nice to shorten the title to accomodate all these newsreaders and other weapons of mass distraction.

My plans for world takeover are slowly taking shape. And this time... NO PRISONERS!

Meanwhile - one nutter who's always consistent with his insane collection of Macromedia Flash mayhem, Tom Fulp, had manage to make his Newgrounds website bigger and badder. Therefore, check it out!

You are what you (can afford to) eat...

Erstwhile Toronto Sun / National Post columnist and W speechwriter David Frum offers this nice little ditty regarding obesity and the comaprisons between us Canucks and them Americans.

He sez...

A personal observation: I spend a month or so out of the year in a small town in rural Canada. Perhaps the most striking visual difference between this town and its American counterparts in rural Ohio or New York is the shape of the population: It is an unusual to see an adult who is more than 10 or 15 pounds overweight, exceedingly rare to see one who is more than 50 pounds, and freakish to see an overweight child.
Hell... go to suburban BC - see any glut of excessively obese types there? Hardly.

Canadians are underpaid and overcharged – and that is a severe shame. But this shame offers an unintended health benefit as recompense.

And as Americans struggle with an epidemc of obesity – and the ensuing costs to the taxpayer – conservatives who favor (as almost all conservatives do favor) Medicare and Medicaid need to ask themselves whether their easy libertarian attitudes to the worst practices of the fast food industry retains its relevance.

To make a long story short: we eat what we can offord to eat at our best convenience. This would make us, in a way, very picky and peckish eaters.

I feel like buying "Super Size Me" after reading this article.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

File Under: "WTF - over"

Many years ago, Toronto was arguably the heart of English Canada - if you wanted to make it big there, you had to do it in English.

But now, due to a recent court case, Toronto, not to mention the rest of Ontario, is headed for one heck of a makeover as a court threw out a parking violation case because the sign was not in Canada's 2 official languages!

The person accused of said violation was, go figure, A LAWYER!

And so she gave it to an intern at her firm and here's the result.

The sad irony of this is that Quebec only has uniligual signs.

And the last time I checked, Ontario isn't really a bilingual province like New Brunswick. And if it were, the signs wouldn't be in English and French but, at least in Toronto's case, English and Mandarin. Or Gaelic. Or Irish. At least that's what StatsCan said.

So... what's next? Will our Tiny Perfect Anarcho-Socialist Mayor stand his ground and keep the signs unilingual, or would he cave in and replace them to a tune of (CDN) millions?

Stay chuned!

Monday, October 18, 2004

KRS-One: Punk-Ass Traitor?

There are nutters.

There are punk-asses.

And then, there's KRS-One, who claimed 2 Oct 04 to have cheered the destruction of the WTC with his friends on 9/11.

The rapper was a panelist at the New Yorker Festival in that city. Undertstandibly, he has succeded in igniting a shitstorm of controversy.

[...]the rapper explained his views by saying that prior to the attack World Trade Center security guards prevented black people from entering "because of the way we talk and dress. So when the planes hit the building, we were like, 'Mmmm -- justice.' [9/11] doesn't affect us. 9/11 happened to them, not us. The rich . . . those who are oppressing us. RCA or BMG, Universal, the radio stations."
So this punk is saying that mass murder is justified when it comes to fighting ignorant discrimination.

If you listen very carefully, you'd be hearing Martin Luther King and many of his brothas and sistahs who perished in the al-Qaeda-inflicted fire and rubble spinning in their graves.

But wait... there's more!

KRS-One also criticized recent voter registration campaigns by members of the hip-hop community. "Voting in a corrupt society adds more corruption," he said. "America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place."
Without a doubt, Krist Novoselic, activist and erstwhile bassist in a band called Nirvana, took exception to that comment. After all, he knows where suicide leads to.

Pretty strange for a guy whose corporate website includes...

a "declaration of peace" that seeks to "establish a foundation of health, love, awareness, wealth, peace and prosperity for ourselves, our children and their children's children, forever."
KRS: take our advice - stick to music, punk.

NEXT!

Fighting Terrorism In Israel Makes You Hungry!

Just click on link and give these poor lads and lasses some slices and drinks while they whack evil from outside and within.

Or better yet... a nice, juicy, glatt kosher burger with the works.

No cheeseburgers though: not kosher.

Man... I could go for a nice slice of 'za at this time. But then again, a angus beef burger with lettuce, onions, tomatoes and hot peppers on a wholegrain bun would really hit the spot.

BTW: Quizno's has opened it's first Nova Scotia franchise over in Dartmouth. Haven't had that since my days in Esquimalt. Given the choice between Subway and Quizno's, I'd take the latter because of the quality and pride the youthful staff take in delivering a fine product. Yum! Sorry, Jared.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Living In The Past In Nova Scotia

It's been a hard fought battle for hearts and minds, but in the end, 55% of Nova Scotians reject year-round Sunday shopping in binding plebiscite during the province's minucipal elections.

When you look at it from a certain angle, one would understand why that 55% turned down the proposition. This province, the only jurisdiction in North America without Sunday shopping, has a strong rural base, and Sundays to the population there represents rest and praise to the Almighty (Bluenosers love their churches). Any mention of shopping on that day would irk them.

Proponents for Sunday shopping say that the province would benefit from an increase in profits and income, in addition to giving people who work obscene shifts (read police, firefighters, miltary, etc.) the opportunity to stock up on needed items and for the young to earn some extra income. Opponents say that it will disrupt the family, create traffic havoc and deprive workers the freedom of choice to take a rest on the Lord's Day.

As someone who comes from a province that has Sunday shopping, I could understand the opponent's side of things. Back in the day in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area for all you heathens) when there was no Sunday shopping, traffic was lower, people sobered up from the night before and the air was cleaner. Not anymore: now there's 24/7 congestion, flared tempers in the malls and smog that will never go away.

Damn: I miss Toronto.

Maybe in the next municipal elections, Nova Scotians might eventually decide to join the 21st century. That is, only if they want to.

And anyways, Moncton, NB is only 3 hours away.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Hillbilly Heroin Hits Hinterland

Everyone has read stories about dumb teenage fucktards buying the stairway to heaven because they o.d.'ed on some stupid, dumb-ass drug.

In the case of 2 kids from Shania Twain's hometown of Timmins, it was oxycontin that was on the menu.

Obviously, these kids were using to escape. And sadly, any drug could be abused. Anything can be a drug. And anything can lead to overdose.

And in spite of the "Just Say No" campaigns, everyone who's using will continue to use.

Therefore, I shall not preach. At least until another stupid drug death occurrs.

Boo Hoo Hoo!

Fellow Blogspotter kyer has discovered a senior citizen's plea for a John Kerry victory.

If I were in his position, I'd vote for John, too.

Unfortunately, I would have some serious qualms about voting for a man who's a liar, cheat, hypocrite and double-dealer.

Then again, birds of a feather...

NEXT!

Jeez... overreact much, EU?

The European Union's top court has backed a German ban on laser tag games in which players simulate killing each other in a maze.

"The affront to human dignity posed by that activity justifies a restriction on the freedom to provide services," the European Court of Justice ruled.


Come again?

NEXT!

Change is good?

You may have noticed soemthing different about this blog...

It's not that I've added Haloscan's Trackback feature.

It's that all the comments to previous posts have vanished into the cyberspace wastelands.

Well... at least I now have Trackback, right?

Right?

Whatever. Next.

Take a deep breath and relax... it's only a video.

Prince Rogers Nelson, the artist better known as Prince, has ignited a little bit of controversy with his latest vid for "Cinnamon Girl".

Not surprisingly, pundits, activists and bloggers of many persuasions have taken issue with the clip's graphic and violent content. The protagonist-ess (played by that girl from "Whale Rider") is shown suffering from abuse at home and in the schoolyard and eventually pulls a Columbine at an airport.

Needless to say, everyone has gone to panic stations over the clip. While it is very natural to react when we get our buttons pushed, we have to realise that this was the whole intent of Prince's video. We have been so used to the simplistic plotlines of most vids - apparently, most video images and plotlines have been simplified to the point of moronic exhibition that it's little wonder why too few people bother to treat most pop artists seriously. Thus, anything resembling symbolism and metaphor would be treated as controversial when seen at its most basic face value.

Most radio and video music stations have managed to censor most material to the point where the message, whether explicit or implied, is rendered unintelligible. Aftere Columbine, any references to gun, visual, verbal and mtaphorical, were excised from hits when played on the airwaves (the song, "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus is a prime example when it was released). Post-9/11, any reference to the WTC was banished from the original posters and trailers for "Spiderman". Panic reactions such as these 2 examples are an attempt to deal with various tragedies, but in truth, they're no more than ephemeral solutions to problems that have lingered way before the incidents.

Remember "Nipplegate"? When the world was slowly going to Hell in a handbasket, everyone focused on that "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl. The FCC, arbiters of decency and integrity that they claim to be, decided to jump all over any broadcaster who would "cross" the lines of "good-taste". What the incident and its fallout managed to do is distract everyone from what's going on in Iraq, Afghanistan and their own back yards.

And anyways, the Jackson/Timberlake stunt was too lame to garner any serious attention.

So, Prince has stirred the proverbial pot. Who wants some?

If you can't handle the heat, chill out.
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Friday, October 15, 2004

Gotta Love Chuck - "Why I Hate Eminem"

It is not what you really think.

For any Rottweiler that's reading this, this man also wants to be part of the VRWC. If you can find it in your Canine hearts to accept him, that would be cool.

Also, you have to respect another Queen fan - he actually has a Queen tribute act on the side.

Not bad for a ranting, raving and roaring lunatic.

Good On Them, Goddamnit!

The Toronto Sun reported that parents had turned in their sons after an incident involving the booby-trapping of playground equipment with shards of broken glass.

Isn't that such a sick fuck thing to do? Tell me what isn't.

Playgrounds are supposed to be places where the little rugrat muchkins could go out and play to their teenie-weenie hearts content... or at least until their 'rents come and pick them up.

It reminds me of one of 2 sad incidents that I've noted in a previous post: you know... the one about the razor blades in the sand that were discovered prior to a beach volleyball tourney?

Somebody give all these sick fucks a MAJOR lobotomy before someone gets REALLY hurt.

Oh... and BTW... more sick fuckers have recently come forward with their 'rents to face the Muzak.

Sweet - may they all get the "woodshed" treatment for their transgressions.

Amen, and NEXT!

Parents Dearest...

In Ontario, there was one horrific case of child abuse where 2 young boys were confined in a farmhouse by their foster parents.

The boys allegedly had fetal alcohol syndrome and the parents in question thought it would be nice to lock them up and throw away the key.

One might say that with such treatment - being forced to sleep on plywood "matresses", spending time in a dog cage, being kept in diapers because they couldn't get to the washroom, subjected to rectal examinations and regularly beaten with a variety of household implements, including a soft-soled slipper and a long-handled shoe horn - the next step might be Auschwitz.

For all that trouble inflicted on these kids, the parents got nine fucking months in jail because the sorry sad sack of shit excuse for a "judge" thought that they had "suffered" enough trying to raise these 2 problem children, and that the publicity surrounding the case might have caused more damage to the boys than the abuse.

Well - boo hoo fucking hoo! Cry me a river and blow me afterwards!

At least something is being done about this joke... the Crown Attorney for the case decided to appeal this piece of shit in front of the Ontario Court of Appeal. Hopefully, these so called "parents" will get what they really deserve.

A nice swift kick in the cunt.

NEXT! (Sorry about the terminology, but reading about this case really makes me want to vomit profusely.)

Our Submarine Fleet - 15 Oct 2004

It must be hard being a submariner.

The long hours. The sharing of bunks. The lack of personal space and privacy. The stress of working in near silence. The unpredictability...

If anyone has ever seen "Das Boot", one could could feel the claustrophobia and paranoia rising, never knowing that one watch (shift) could be the last.

And sadly, the unpredictable had happened on the Chicoutimi off the Irish coast.

If there is one horrific thing that could happen to any sailor, regardless of experience and outside of war, it would be fire at sea.

Since virtually all surface combatants are made of steel, a shipborne fire could spread very fast through conduction. Translation: if there were a fire in the motor room, it would eventually spread to adjacent compartments very quickly unless a boundary could cool down the decks and bulkheads with massive amounts of water. Because ventilation runs throughout the ship, everyone who would find him-/her-self unprotected might succomb to smoke inhalation - and trust me, the smoke can be very toxic. Never mind that one might wind up out in the open ocean, battered by waves and hundreds of miles away from any semblance of help, respite and salvation.

While it's bad enough that fighting fires in the confined, claustrophobic spaces of a surface combatant can be a risky and potentially fatal proposition, fighting them below decks on a submarine can be a major fucking nightmare, especially if it were to be submerged under many hundreds of feet in water. And since a sub is not normally noted for seaworthyness while surfaced, it would take a considerable amount of regurgitation control to match the balls required to fight an out-of-control blaze.

Never mind that the gear that a firefighter has to wear can be so goddamned cumbersome that one misstep could prove fatal, since the deck would also be set ablaze. In the many fire exercises that I've participated, I've learned that practice (lots of it) can make improve things better. Not make perfect: perfect requires an extremely expedient and skillful depolyment of properly trained and kitted personnel - remember that a shipborne fire can travel very fast, therefore the personnel assigned to fight it have to dress faster than the blaze's heat conduction. An untrained sailor would panic and hyperventilate; the effects would worsen during the attack phase when there would be nothing but the attack team, the smoke, the darkness and the blaze. For me, it took a considerable amount of practice before I could be sure that a) I could put on my gear in an expedient and competant fashion; and b) I could face the fire with a considerable amount of confidence. Both factors can make a difference between life and death.

It doesn't matter what ship you're on: any fire at sea can cause a lot of damage and grief. Lt(N) Chris Saunders died of complications related to smoke inhalation while fighting Chicoutimi's fires, and in a very close-knit crew, such a loss could be detrimental. And in such a small fleet in a small navy in a big country with a small population base, the effects can be harsh, if not devastating.

What made matters sadder was that the Chicoutimi, along with sister ships Windsor, Cornerbrook and Victoria, was bought as a second-hand item from the British - they were originally called the Upholder Class. Even after extensive refits, there were still some issues to be ironed out. After the Chicoutimi fire, the subs were taken out of routine, the crews either stood-down or re-assigned elsewhere.

Presently, an inquiry into the incident will be underway. Meanwhile the survivors will have arrived here in Halifax right about now. Regardless of any eventual outcome, the brave crew of Her Majesty's Canadian Submarine Chicoutimi will have a tale to tell for generations to come.

And with that, lessons to be learned.

Respect to all the underwater brethren: it sucks to be you, but you're all better souls in the end.

Maybe there's something good about the Agence France Presse...

The Francophonie's answer to the AP, CP and Reuters have uncovered some shocking news in Iraq regarding a mass grave arguably linked to Saddamn Hussein.


"Were trying to meet international standards that have been accepted by courts throughout the world," Kehoe said.


"One woman when she was executed was carrying her two-year old child, shot in the back of the head. She was shot in the face," he said.


The former US prosecutor's voice cracked as he showed slides of some of the victims.


"This is a young boy with a ball, still holding onto the ball when we uncovered him... This is the little ball he was holding onto, you see his little arm right here, this little ball, this little arm, this little boy."


If this is true (and stranger things have occurred under Hussein's watch), then the ex-dic is regally screwed.

And to add insult to insult, AFP may find itself to be a credible Euro news agency. After all, 2 of its reporters were taken hostage by "insurgents"© last month.

Is there more to come? What other skeletons are still to be found in closets, ditches, wells and vacant lots?

Stay tuned... it may get fugly!

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

This is what I look like...


Jacques with Alex Haley in Baltimore, July 2002 Posted by Hello


One of the few things that I couldn't stand is the fact that there are some people who would hide behind aliases while talking or posting shit and trying to give everyone the illusion of invisible invincibility.

I, for one, don't buy that shit.

So, what the hell... this is proof that there is a Mr. Jacques!

There will be more on the way. I'll still be around.

Cheers...

Monday, October 11, 2004

Bigger than the rest of us: Christopher Reeve R.I.P.

Many years ago, Christopher Reeve played the role of Superman alongside stars such as Margot Kidder (who once dined at my dad's restaurant) and Gene Hackman.

In 1995, he became paralyzed from the neck down in an equestrian accident.

That was when he became Superman.

This past weekend, Reeve passed away due to complicactions of his injury.

In spite of the paralysis, Christopher kept working, ever so optimistic that one day he would be able to walk and feel again.

In the end, he had proven himself to be no mere mortal.

Respect to Christopher Reeve, the Once and Future Superman, his family and friends.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

To Each His/Her Own, Eh?

Members at a conference opposing the death penalty (a.k.a. capital punishment) have stated that Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein shouldn't be executed for their crimes.

"When we execute terrorists, we are handing them the ultimate victory they seek - the one they live for," French Senator Robert Badinter said in a taped message. The former French justice minister led France to abolishing capital punishment in 1981.

"By executing them, we would be making them into martyrs," he said.
As much as I am for capital punishment (as long as everyone can see it being carried out - no sarcasm intended), the Senator has a point.

Why give certain people the pleasure of being martyred by the state?

By extension, why give certain criminals the pleasure of committing suicide by state?

Of course, those who happen to be guilty of heinous crimes should be put down for the benefit of everyone. It's just in our nature: we are still the barbaric hordes who lust for blood when those who trespass against us cross the line.

But if those trespassers deliberately want to get killed so they can be a slogan to others, what is there to do?

Maybe there is a punishment worse than death for such types of people. We may write them off as wackoes and such, but when they kill innocents for a cause that promotes death and destruction as an alternative to persuasion by reason, then they really do need to be taken seriously.

Yes, bin Laden's al-Qaeda has the blood of thousands on their hands before, during and after 9/11. They have martyred themselves and attained the "immortal" status of slogans. If Osama were to be executed, would he be another slogan, or would others think twice before they follow in his tarnished footsteps?

All I can say is that to all those who deserve it, they shall get it.

To all those who want it, they'll never have the pleasure to receive it.

And to Amnesty International: if you want to abolish capital punishment while trying to get my support, maybe you'll need to do one more thing before I could join your cause.

Abolish war.

It is a human rights violation, is it not?

Think about it, eh?

WE'RE NUMBER 95!

FIFA has ranked Our Home And Native Land® number 95 in the rankings, sandwiched between Indonesia and Vietnam for GLOBAL FOOTBALL SUPREMACY!

For those still puzzled by the analogy, "football" is what most of the world outside North America call "soccer".

Since Brazil is numero uno in the FIFA ranks, and despite the fact that despite recent immigration from FIFA-oriented countries Canada is still sucking on the pitch, I have a simple suggestion:

ENCOURAGE MORE IMMIGRANTS FROM BRAZIL!

Think about it... the next generation of players immigrate here, we give them a good education, good health care, etc... then come World Cup season... WATCH OUT - WE'RE IN YOUR HOUSE NOW, DOGGZ...

And then I woke up...

Rodney Dangerfield - RIP

Rodney Dangerfield dies at 82 after a long illness.

After all these years saying that he was getting "no respect", let's give respect to the man who gave me endless amounts of self-deprecating laughter.

And what better way to do it than to recite the mourner's kaddish in his honour, as we praise the Lord, the One, Adonai for the life we all have here, and the life to come thereafter.

Respect, Rodney. Say "Hi" to my dad for me, will ya?

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Islamic Terror: ALL ABOUT THE NOOKIE?

Frontpage Magazine has an article out regarding "The Sexual Rage Behind Islamic Terror".

The sexual privileges that are allowed in Islamic cultures are permitted to men. Women’s sexuality and social independence represent major threats to male supremacy and are tightly controlled.
Well that explains the dearth of guile when sending females out to blow themselves up to kingom-come for Allah.

But there's more!

In this culture, males sexually penetrating males becomes a manifestation of male power, conferring a status of hyper-masculinity. It is considered to have nothing to do with homosexuality. An unmarried man who has sex with boys is simply doing what men do. As the scholar Bruce Dunne has demonstrated, sex in Islamic societies is not about mutuality between partners, but about the adult male's achievement of pleasure through violent domination.
So now, when we're delaing with Islamic extremist terror, we're not just dealing with morally, socially and ideologically illiterates, but also severely damaged automatons struggling to justify their misbegotten existence through senseless violence and hatred.

So... what else is new?

NEXT!

Rammstein Rawks Amerika This November

Those Teuton tekno trance thrashers, Rammstein, have released their latest offering called "Reise, Reise" ("Go, Go"). To whet your appetite for some alternative Oktoberfest Musik, click on this to check our their 2 singles, "Amerika" and "Mein Teil".

Somehow, their songs have been appearing in movies such as "Lost Highway", "XXX" and "Resident Evil: Apocalypse". Maybe it's because of their ability to translate Wagnerian pomp into bite-sized heavy-pop tunes. Videoes for the singles have already been shown on Euro music stations. If you've known about the 'steins and their clips, they haven't lost their touch for the grotesque ("Mein Teil") and the satirical ("Amerika").

Incidentally, there is an "Amerika" CD single out in Europa featuring different mixes, including an English version.

I, for one, am hoping that the 'steins will release "Amerika" as the album's first single over here. It fucking rawks!

File under "Two Legs Good - Three Legs Baaaaad"

Courtesy of Yahoo, via Reuters... Swedish MPs want men taxed "to cover the social cost of violence against women."

Sweden already has the highest taxes in the European Union as a percentage of gross domestic product to pay for its famous but hard-pushed cradle-to-grave welfare program.
Now imagine if this were to happen in Canada...

OTOH... don't. Just don't.

NEXT!

Monday, October 04, 2004

Wanna fight cancer - THINK GREEN!

For all the potheads in the vicinity... Betterhumans.com reports that some doctors are claiming that "pot blocks cancer-causing herpes".

Another reason to roll that spliff up? Not quite?

If you're trying to fight cancer, why smoke it?

There must be some way to get the benefits of Mary-Jane's leaf without resorting to the bong.

Why run the risk of lung disease, or worse, when there are alternative delivery methods such as teas and brownies?

Think about it. If you wanna get better, don't take up smoking.

Take it from a nicotine smoker.

Jeez... and I thought I was getting old!

Bob Geldof - Boomtown Rats - Band Aid - Live Aid - OLD FUCK?

Yep... the once and future Sir Robert, former angry young Irishman, has resigned himself to the conservatism of domestic bliss, as noted in this recent article in the Telegraph.

Something for Mrs. Federline to think about, eh? (Y'know... the former Miss Britney Spears?)

Maybe I might wound up as a Neanderthal, just like Bob.

NEXT!

Friday, October 01, 2004

Toronto's Finest do the Right Thing

According to this news report, the cops have taken down members of Scarberia's Galloway Boys.

Those who still believe that Toronto is a safe city can rest assured that these cops are tops.

Those who believe otherwise can breathe easier now. But there is still more work to do.

When a good city grows, problems get bigger.

And when they do, solutions must be tougher.

And as much as I don't always agree with his philosophies, Chief Julian Fantino should stay on as the head of this city's police force.

For some crooks, all you need is love.

For others, all you need is a swift kick in the nuts!

Maybe that's why the local police services board wanted to remove Julian - they would prefer flower-power over firepower, hugs over handcuffs, and time-outs in the corner over hard time in the slammer.

Not to mention that the same politicoes running City Hall used to be hippy-freaks that the cops used to crack down on in the 60s and 70s.

Imagine NYC or Miami having that group running things? Think about it... what would it be like under a hippy-ocracy?

Well, the last time I visited NYC, I felt - safe in Manhattan.

And Miami wans't that bad either.

Compare that with the experience that I had in Vancouver where junkies broke into my car, not once but twice! Now, what the fuck was that all about?

I just hope that the smug, complacent and conceited amongst us should realise that criminals should not be mollycoddled, that the hippy-infested ranks of the mainstream press should open their eyes to the problems happening in their back yards and not simply lay blame on the evils of joblessness, poverty and discrimination, and take the moral high road in educating the masses that crime never pays.

And to all you lawmakers - lay off the hash pipes and remove that dopey "faint-hope" clause that lets out the most dangerous of criminals way before they complete their sentences - you could murder 25 people in Idaho, get caught and , if you're lucky, be put to death yourself, but here in Canada you get 25 years before parole eligibility, unless you can successfully pretend to have good behaviour and then you'd be free in as little as 10 years. That should never be the case, ever again!

Anyways, this type of shit raises my blood pressure quite a bit. All I can say is...

NEXT!

Meet Sum 41's Album Title

Former Canadian Forces diver Chuck Pelletier has a story to tell.

Chuck Pelletier, the now infamous UN peacekeeper after whom Sum 41 named its forthcoming album, "Chuck" (due Oct. 12), is looking forward to sharing a cigar and a scotch with the rock band when he returns home to Canada in December.
By now, you should know that Sum 41 was in the Congo shooting a documentary for War Child when they got caught in a crossfire between 2 factions. Chuck took the initiative and got the band and others to safety, sometimes using himself as a human shield.

In his honour, the Sums have titled the new album, "Chuck". And the rest is Can Rawk history.

Enjoy.