Archive for October, 2008

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Has Everybody Forgot About 9/11?

October 10, 2008

It is amazing how quickly we forget. After 9/11 we all wanted better security to make sure such a tragedy would never happen again. Action was taken that meant an erosion of our individual and collective liberties and freedom. With the passage of time, many people complain about the cost and inconvenience of these measures.

One action that Canada took which was supported by most Canadians was to send troops to Afghanistan to root out the terrorists and bring stability to the country. This was well underway until the Americans (read George Bush) started a war with Iraq which took away the resources to finish the job. Now there is chaos and predictions that the war in Afghanistan cannot be won and of course there has been huge political pressure to bring our troops home.

Now a report on the cost of the war to Canadian taxpayers was released suggesting that by 2011, the cost could reach $13 to 18 billion. This is a huge amount of money but, hey, it costs money to run a war. We need to provide the best equipment and weaponry to our soldiers or the body count would double and triple. It is hard to suggest we should not have spent so much.

The New Democrats want to pull out of Afghanistan right away and New Democrat foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar, who requested the report, is using it as a political tool in the upcoming federal election. “I think Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion need to explain to Canadians why we’re continuing with a mission that isn’t working and that Canadians cannot afford,” he said.

What does this nincompoop think they will say ‘ Oh yeah, good point, we are just wasting our money for no good reason, we will call the troops home tommorrow and ask the Afghans for a refund.’ Good Grief, I hate people that, for political purposes, criticize decisions that they probably supported personally ( at least in private) because they feared what might happen in the future if we did not take action to protect ourselves.

Regardless, this is just another example of how soon we forget what happened on 9/11and how the whiners will find a way to take us back to where we are vulnerable again. Is the war costly? Yes. Can the war be won? Maybe, maybe not. Does it matter if we just walk away to save some money? Think back to how you felt on 9/11 to answer that one.

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Being a Hero Does Not Make You a Leader

October 8, 2008

I watched some of the Presidential debate last night and I must say, I would take Stephen Harper over John McCain anyday.

The way McCain was scrambling to answer questions and develop policy on the spot was hard to watch. His appeal to the audience to support him by using motherhood and apple pie types of statements was  embarrassing. He was grovelling and making promises he knows he couldn’t keep.

When asked what priorities he would do first he tried to please everybody by saying he would do them all at once. His rationale was that he saw no reason why they couldn’t be done at the same time “because this is America, and we are Americans and this is what we do” What a joke.

I admire John McCains military history and give him credit for being a hero and all, but it is very evident that that is not enough to be President in today’s world. The public has become way more sophisticated and McCain has not kept up. Recruiting Sara Palin as a running mate is another sign that he is out of touch.

People don’t care about looks and what you have done in the past. They are looking for substance, leadership and performance. I see John McCain as another 4 years of George Bush type of government and we all know where that got us.

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What Are You Doing About It?

October 8, 2008

Given the stock market crisis, what are you doing?

Sitting tight.

Selling.

Buying.

None of the above.

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Why Do They Do That?

October 7, 2008

I understand the reason for the closing bell and the pomp and ceremony at the end of trading on the New York Stock Exchage, but good God, how can they stand there and clap when the market has just dropped 500 plus points?

Do these people have a pulse?

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They Screwed Up Our Future. Who Are They?

October 7, 2008

I heard part of a speech Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion was making in British Columbia today and it scared me. 

Chretien and Martin

Chretien and Martin

He was being critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper for not having an economic plan, unlike the Liberals who would offer more of the budget control heroics of former Prime Ministers Paul Martin and Jean Chretien. That is when I got antsy and stopped listening.

Chretien and Martin did a great job of balancing the budget and keeping taxes down however, it was at a great cost to the country. Why don’t we have enough doctors and nurses today? Thank these two true “politicians” for their great leadership in the 90’s when they cut back on the funding for educating doctors and nurses which has created the shortage today.

Why is the country’s infrastructure (roads, bridges etc.) in such sad shape and in need of billions of dollars of upgrades? Thank the dynamic duo again for using gas tax revenues to balance the budget rather than building and maintaining roads. Oh, and what about Walkerton and the water contamination that led to the deaths of 7 people? I guess cutting the public health department budgets which resulted in the Ontario provincial government reducing the amount of health inspectors and/or privatizing inspections was not a great tax saving idea.

One could go on and on about how Chretien and Martin sold out our future for the selfish purposes of being re-elected, term after term. However, it is more important to focus on the here and now to ensure that whoever gets elected, we do not repeat history and make this sorry mistake again.
 

 

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Dirty Laundry is a Desired Commodity

October 5, 2008

Last night we had the pleasure of participating in one of the Okanagan Wine Festivals wonderful events, a winemakers dinner hosted by the Villa Rosa restaurant in Penticton BC. The great food was paired with award winning wines provided by the Dirty Laundry Winery, based in Summerland, BC.

Hush by Dirty Laundry

Hush by Dirty Laundry

This seven course dinner was certainly up to Villa Rosa standards and the wines made it a meal that would be enjoyed by even the fussiest of Connosseurs. The evening started with true Italian antipasto paired with one of Dirty Laundry’s best offerings, Hush, a wonderful light, fruity tasting blush. This was followed by Insalata Villa Rosa Cappricciosa (great salad) served with Dirty Laundry Woo Woo,  made from the oldest gewurztraminer vines in the Okanagan Valley.

The palate was then tickled by crabcakes served with Pinot Gris and scallops and smoked salmon with a crisp Chardonnay. The entree was lamb shank paired with a full bodied Merlot and dessert was an incredibly tasty dark chocolate Ganache Cake which mellowed out the peppery, spiced, full bodied cabernet merlot served with it.

All in all a very enjoyable evening showcasing some of the best the Okanagan Valley has to offer.

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Canadian Pornography Channel Uncovered

October 4, 2008

Recently the CRTC approved a new pornography channel for Canada called “Northern Peaks” The channel is required to have 50 % Canadian content so I suppose there will be a few job openings for the not so shy types.

Of course this move is not without controversey. In defending the channel, one journalist writes;

“Consider that the amount of pornography has exploded with the onset of the Internet age, and sexual assaults in Canada have plunged dramatically over the last 15 years.”

For the full story go to

http://www.eontarionow.com/national/2008/08/26/new-canadian-pornography-channel-raises-debate/

http://jam.canoe.ca/Television/TV_Shows/N/Northern_Peaks/2008/08/16/6472436-sun.html