Thursday, April 17, 2014

This will drive ya crazy!

Allan's Perspective


Anne Marie Hayes, president of a non-profit organization called Teens Learn to Drive, says that as a parent, she would not want her daughter in a vehicle with an instructor who had had his teaching licence revoked in the past three years.
Folks, do ya remember “Drivers-Ed” back in high school?
Well, it’s still around…………….., but boy! Has it ever changed!!!!
Ontario driving instructors have been stripped of their licences due to inappropriate — and in some cases illegal — activity, including selling alcohol and contraband cigarettes to students, visiting a strip club during an in-vehicle lesson and selling driver education certificates to students.
But the Ministry of Transportation says the public, including novice drivers and their parents, has no right to know who these instructors are. Roughly 300 have lost their licence in the past three years.
SPEAKING OF DRIVING: The Ford Mustang is fifty years old today!
This Iconic classic was introduced on this date, April 17th, back in 1964!
(This is a picture of mine!)

While we’re on the subject ……………… THIS is the best looking car ever made!

And these two Jaguars come a close second!

BUT, the best car I ever owned was a 2005 Hyundai Sonata GLX., (Which was a direct rip-off of the Jaguar X-Type!)


earth_101Scholars are now talking about the possibility of Jesus having a wife!
Well Jesus Christ! (No pun intended!) I was saying the same thing over ten years ago in the first edition of my book: ”The Plain Truth About God!”

imagesA5KX4S8MTurns out that guy who hacked the “Heart-bleed” thingy was from here in London………………..!
That’s right folks, he ran right past my living rood window yesterday, with three cops in hot pursuit!
(I hear they caught him!)
Speaking of cops going by your window ………………………………….!
(Watch THIS!)


BLACK-FACE IS BACK: Not since Al Jolson has there been this much controversy folks!
Runour has it that Leonardo DiCaprio is going to play Martin Luther King Jr. in a new biopic!

images0GLG02W6THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO EXPLAIN THIS ONE FOLKS: SAUSALITO —Workers at a Central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard. After discovering the confused animal last month at Mape’s Ranch near Modesto.
The ranch hands quickly called their boss, who got a hold of wildlife officials.
The 36-pound sea lion, nicknamed Hoppie, is recovering at the center in Sausalito where he is undergoing treatment for anal probes!
Officials suspect alien abduction!
(Folks, I swear we don’t make this stuff up!)
imagesCAH6HI7RNOW THEY’RE STARTING TO DO THIS JUST TO PISS US OFF: I got a cheque for five hundred bucks this week from a guy, and rather than wait three days for it to clear my bank, I just went to his bank and cashed it!

They charged me five bucks because I wasn’t a customer. (And at this rate I won’t be either!)
Then I find out that both Bell and Rogers phone divisions want to arrange it that they will no longer accept voice mail for ya unless it’s from another Bell or Rogers customer!
(Sort of make ya want to move into the mountains and tell everybody to fuck off, eh?)
AND FINALLY: This kid can’t even talk yet, but he has no trouble getting his point across!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wynne: “Asshole of the day!”

Allan's Perspective


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Premier Kathleen Wynne’s brother-in-law has been named the interim chief executive of e-Health Ontario, a move that raised the hackles of New Democrats at Queen’s Par.

Folks, after everything that has happened to the Liberals in Ontario, this sort of thing does not surprise me!

It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are: It doesn’t matter that he was already eHealth’s general counsel for four years, (He was given the role in a unanimous vote of the agency’s board of directors after interim CEO Ray Hession stepped aside to take care of his ill wife, eHealth spokesman Rob Mitchell said Tuesday.) and it doesn’t matter that he is well qualified for the job ………, what matters is that he is Kathleen Wynne’s brother-in-law

Even a hint of nepotism should be anathema to the Liberals after all the scandals they have endured, and if the Premier doesn’t realize this, or just doesn’t care………………….., she shouldn’t be Premier of Ontario.

End of story!


HEY FOLKS, it’s another “two for One” day for our “Asshole of the Day!”
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BOSTON – A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said. The man was stopped by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously, including walking down the middle of a street barefoot in pouring rain, Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said. The man dropped the backpack and told the officer it contained a rice cooker, he said.

That’s the one thing about being an ‘asshole’ folks, nobody likes, or wants to be, an ‘asshole,’ they just can’t help it because ……….., they’re an “asshole!”



 Central Elgin is moving ahead with engineering and design work on two projects to boost economic development and tourism in Port Stanley.
03-cottage on kawagamaThe municipality received $60,000 in provincial funding to design and engineer a public boat launch and improve a walkway linking Port Stanley’s east harbor with the village core.
“We’ve been working hard over this term of council to make improvements around the harbor,” said Central Elgin Mayor Bill Walters.

“We’re still working with Transport Canada, and some of that process is a little slower than we would like. But anything we can do to work with the lands that we have, to make improvements to attract more tourism and more economic development, we’re quite pleased to do that.”

Folks, this story strikes home with me because Port Stanley is only half an hour from my place, and we enjoy going there for a drive.

BUT, if they wanted to attract more tourists they sure missed the boat on this one!

There was a Canadian WWll submarine up for grabs a couple of years ago, and Port Stanley dropped the ball by letting little ol’ Port Burwell, (in the middle of nowhere) get it!

Retired Ojibwa submarine is available for touring. It costs around $17.00 per adult person each but well worth it as they try to restore this beauty. A perfect attraction for children to see as part of history. It is dry-docked and you can go inside and have a college age tour guide explain the workings of the sub and see where 75 sailors lived sometimes for up to almost 250 days at a time!

I have attached a photo; the sub looks small from the harbour, but is HUGE once you are near it



REG101180172_highIn the spring a man’s fancy …………………………..?

Is there something about the air, out there on the prairies this time of year!

A university student in Calgary stabbed five people to death, and another one in Regina injured four more!

Et tu, Jack?


P.E.I. Report!

imagesVX73U9H0The cops were investigating a two vehicle car crash in Charlottetown yesterday when 46-year-old Amy Schulz stumbled away while they were questioning the other driver.

I say stumbled because when they caught up to her, and gave her a breathalyzer….., she was 3X over the limit!


Jesus, now we have a third “Asshole of the day!”
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Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance!

James Manning was taken into custody after police say they received a call from an auto dealership reporting the vehicle was stolen.

imagesCAH6HI7RThe 2001 Mitsubishi’s GPS indicated it was parked in front of the courthouse.

Manning’s wife, 45-year-old Teresa Castillo, told officers her husband had bought the car earlier in the day for $200 so they could drive to his court appearance.

The 49-year-old Manning and his wife were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance., impaired driving, driving while disqualified and being just plain stupid!

Oh, They also remain in jail!


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O.M.G. ANOTHER ASSHOLE! Folks, they’re just flying left, right and centre today!

Creationists, crying ‘foul” are up in arms that they are not given equal time with Evolution on the COSMOS series!

(Listen kids, I swear I don’t make this stuff up!)


Some good news out of that insane asylum we call The United States: Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually out muscle the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own.

“They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A. “ ‘If you don’t vote with us we’re going to go after your kids and your grand kids and your great-grand kids. And we’re never going to stop.’ ”

He added: “We’ve got to make them afraid of us.”

The considerable advantages that gun rights advocates enjoy — in intensity, organization and political clout — will not be easy to overcome. Indeed, Mr. Bloomberg has already spent millions of dollars trying to persuade members of Congress to support enhanced background check laws with virtually nothing to show for it.

What is more, for many gun owners, the issue is a deeply personal one that energizes them politically, said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, who dismissed the mayor’s plans.

“He’s got the money to waste,” Mr. Pratt said. “So I guess he’s free to do so. But frankly, I think he’s going to find out why his side keeps losing.”

Michael R. Bloomberg with Shannon Watts, founder of one of the gun control groups that will be brought under a new umbrella organization.

Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Michael R. Bloomberg with Shannon Watts, founder of one of the gun control groups that will be brought under a new umbrella organization. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Bubba wins again!

Bubba Watson won the Masters Golf Tournament for the second time in three years!

Bubba was given his green jacket yesterday in Augusta, Georgia.

(For those of you who don't know Bubba, you might remember him as "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. from the long running hit TV series of the late sixties!)


Hey folks, put THIS in your pipe and smoke it!

What if the United States has been waging the wrong war against the wrong enemy for the last 13 years in Afghanistan? Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Carlotta Gall, who spent more than a decade covering Afghanistan since 2001, concludes just that in her new book, “The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014.”

OF COURSE THEY WERE:  Afghanistan was home to the Taliban, but they allowed Pakistan to promote and train Al Qaeda within their borders!

(Bush and the rest of those assholes were as wrong about this as they were about W.M.D.'s!)


The weather office has predicted cold temperatures and snow for Southern Ontario tomorrow!

If there is no post on this site for 24 hours it means I have committed suicide!


Northern Gateway officials say they have some work to do after a non-binding weekend plebiscite suggested about 60 per cent of Kitimat residents disapprove of plans to make their community the west coast terminus of Enbridge’s pipeline.

SO ..................., a bunch of Indians got together and said THEY are going to put an energy corridor across northern B.C.

Guess the residents of Kitimat sort of cut off their noses to spite their face. eh?


Italian fashion and leather brand Gucci, which is owned by French group Kering , has taken direct control of its shops in Moscow and will open two new sales outlets in the Russian capital, the company said on Monday.

The label founded in Florence in 1921 has six shops in Russia, including corners in luxury villages and malls.

It will now manage its stores directly to combat the rampant corruption in Russia!

Chief Executive Patrizio di Marco said the move was part of a strategy, to "enhance the consistency of our customers' experience across different markets through progressively taking control of stores that have historically been operated by franchisees and wholesalers".

Di Marco said the influence of Russian luxury consumers was growing, echoing Prada's chief executive, who also recently brushed aside questions about whether troubles there posed a risk for its business.

Gucci will open a new four-floor flagship store and a location in the upmarket GUM department store in Moscow in the second half the year, the company said.


HEADLINE: Man, 21, Wearing A "Drunk As Shit" T-Shirt Is Arrested For Drunk Driving!

Ross McMakin was collared after he drove his vehicle on the sidewalk, struck a parked car, and then assaulted his girlfriend when she tried to seize the car keys.

(Seems like it just wasn't a good day for Ross, folks!)


AND FINALLY: Speaking of drunk!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Biologists Confirm God Evolved From Chimpanzee Deity!

Beliefs and Causes!


Researchers say today’s Lord Almighty shares many traits in common with the chimp deity, including color vision and omniscience.
O. K, FOLKS, IT’S SUNDAY ……………………, AND TIME FOR ANOTHER DOSE OF RELIGION! The only problem is…….., are we talking about us, or  “Planet of the Apes?”
The Onion!
BERKELEY, CA—Challenging long-held views on the origins of divinity, biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, presented findings Thursday that confirm God, the Almighty Creator of the Universe, evolved from an ancient chimpanzee deity.
The recently discovered sacred ancestor, a divine chimp species scientists have named Pan sanctorum, reportedly gave rise over millions of years to the Lord Our God, Maker of Heaven and Earth.
“Although perhaps not obvious at first glance, there are actually overwhelming similarities between the Supreme Being of today and this early primate deity who preceded Him,” said Dr. Richard Kamen, a leading biologist who also heads Berkeley’s paleotheology department. “The holy chimp moved around on all fours, but its descendants eventually began walking upright to expend less energy while foraging across the infinite reaches of the universe. This of course led to the bipedalism of modern-day God.”
“In fact, you can see a distinct likeness to God in the chimpanzee deity’s skeletal structures, not to mention its prototypical expressions of vengeance and wrath,” Kamen continued. “The great-ape god was, however, considerably smaller in stature, having not yet developed the capacity to occupy all space and time simultaneously.”
According to experts, divine life began as a single-celled all-powerful organism roughly 3.6 billion years ago, eventually evolving into a multicelled, sponge-like deity that bobbed and floated across the chaos of the early universe. Kamen explained that over hundreds of millions of years, the godlike life form became more complex, with limbs that allowed for locomotion across the endless expanse of the heavens, and sophisticated photoreceptor cells capable of seeing all things.
Based on newly obtained evidence, the Pan sanctorum is thought to have first experimented with creation ex nihilo around 7 million years ago. Kamen noted that the chimpanzee deity made several early attempts to produce rudimentary solar systems, but on each occasion was spooked upon inadvertently creating fire, which is said to have caused it to screech loudly, angrily swat away the newly formed sun, and then scamper across the universe to hide from the flaming sphere.
“Natural selection played a huge role in the evolution of divinity, and in this regard, the adaptive value of Pan sanctorum’s immortality proved critical to its survival,” said Kamen, adding that with its opposable thumbs, the divine ancestor was eventually able to fashion primitive tools for creating crude oceans and basic mountain ranges. “Today’s Lord Almighty actually still has a small bony protuberance in the small of His back, the vestigial remains of a tail we believe was used by an even older, monkey-like god to facilitate climbing, allowing it to escape into the heavens when faced with danger.”
“That potential for threats made it an evolutionary imperative for the primate god to develop omnipotence,” Kamen continued. “As well as sharp claws and pointed incisors.”
Though its smaller brain limited its cognitive abilities, the chimpanzee deity is believed to have possessed not only self-awareness, but also spatial intelligence, object permanence, and a rudimentary capacity for knowing all that is, all that has been, and all that ever will be.
However, it was only relatively recently that the heavenly species developed the intellectual capacity for higher reasoning, critical thinking, and infinite wisdom, according to Kamen. For Pan sanctorum, he noted, the passage of divine judgment was “purely a matter of primal instinct.”
“While complex speech would not emerge until the evolution of the Cro-Magnon god from Pan Sanctorum, the chimpanzee deity was capable of using grunts and hand gestures to convey basic emotions such as happiness, anger, or the forgiveness of sin,” Kamen said. “However, it appears that the chimp deity often exhibited extremely aggressive behavior, in some cases unleashing its divine wrath with little if any provocation toward the mortal chimps it created in its own image.”
He added, “It is our understanding that these creatures lived in a kind of jungle-like forerunner to the Garden of Eden, until a day came when their enraged creator cast them out, flinging feces at them as they fled.”,35755/

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“Missing Link” Discovered!



Great news from the Perspective Research Department folks.
Rumour has it that we are about to make a giant leap forward in our knowledge of early computer games.
Far from Raiders of the Last Ark, a team of archeologists, sociologists and gaming fans plans to dig up a New Mexico landfill this month in search of what some consider to be the “missing link” in the evolution of video games.
(The dig is attempting to find evidence of some of the first games ever made, that are rumoured to be buried there.)
The history of computing is filled with events and earlier technology that paved the way for the advent of video games. It also includes games that we believe represent direct steps in the evolution of computerized gaming, and lastly the development and release of video games themselves.
Scientists and archeologists are attempting to “prove” that today’s gaming industry got its start from early programs such as “pong” and then “mouse in the maze,” and “checkers!” If searchers can find evidence of cartridges with “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game in the landfill, this will provide direct evidence of a “missing link” between those early attempts at “gaming” and today’s virtual reality programs!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
There are numerous debates over which game should be considered the first video game, with the answer depending largely on how video games are defined. The evolution of video games represents a tangled web of several different industries, including scientific, computer, arcade, and consumer electronics.
The “video” in “video game” traditionally refers to a raster display device. With the popular catch phrase use of the term “video game”, the term later came to imply all display types, formats, and platforms.

Historians have also sought to bypass the issue by instead using the more specific “digital games” descriptive. This term leaves out the earlier analog-based computer games.
The team is set to make a documentary about their quest, and say the public is welcome to look on as they dig.
(And remember, as always, ya heard about it here first!)
Meanwhile, Gaming is reported to have gone WAY past VIRTUAL REALITY kids!
There’s a bizarre subculture that exists in the depths of the internet and leaks into the offline world.
It is Furry Fandom … the culture of dressing up as anthropomorphic animals from cartoons, comic strips, myths and video games.
(Photographer Tom Broadbent gained the trust of Furries in the UK and spent time capturing the lives of the people inside the suit.)
By day they are computer programmers, but by night they live a life role-playing their “fursona” — the animal they have chosen to live as, generally in private.
They communicate across internet forums and meet up at conventions, keeping one thing sacred — their human identity. (You might have seen a few of these “creatures” on an episode of C.S.I.)
A common misconception about the Furry culture is that it is entirely based on sexual fetish. Although sexuality plays a role in some areas of the Furrydom society, with the welcoming culture accepting all sexual orientations, a Furry sees life inside as much more than a kinky pastime. Furries say they enjoy dressing up for fun and like the freedom the lack of human identity allows. They have the joy of a dress up party in everyday life.
Broadbent captures this world in his stunning set of images At Home With the Furries which show the strange creatures in their natural environment.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Lupus Londonwolf and Alfa Fox, a wolf and fox. They live together in Bishops Stortford.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
By day, Akil Tawnybird works as a technician and describes himself as a part-time Gryphon. Of fur-suiting he says: “You can get out of your shell more because no one knows you. It’s just a laugh, a bit of fun.”
At Home With The Furries
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Smirnoff is a husky wolf hybrid, he lives in North London. He works as an actor and director.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
This is Ashram, a dragon, in his garden.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Broccoli, a pink boar, makes fursuits for a living.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Lupestripe, a wolf, works on his car. By day, he works as a journalist in Middlesbrough and takes part in lots of charity events.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Chil the Disco Gryphon and his friend Pants the Panther enjoy a quiet drink in Brighton.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Saethwr, a red dragon from Cardiff, prepares leeks for supper.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Fangorn, a Jedi tiger, hangs out with his lightsaber at home in Swansea, Wales.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Saethwr, the red dragon, loves tending to his lawn in his fursuit.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Twinky is a North American Sea Otter and when he’s not swimming and jetskiing he likes to go fishing.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Lupestripe visits his local pub in Middlesbrough after a hard day’s work.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Moon, a deer, enjoys a stroll through her local woods in Sheffield, UK.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a sheep who lives in Leicester. He works in IT systems.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
This is Jester and Red. Jester is a serial, a mythical creature, and Red is a lion. They live in Sheffield, UK.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Kreek and Quartermane are a woodland nymph and steampunk lion respectively. They live together in Brighton.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Godzuki, a wolf, and Rebel, a velociraptor, polish Rebel’s motorbike.
Picture: Tom Broadbent.
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency
Fruitloop, a bat and Pazuzu, a demon lord, enjoy a quiet moment in their backyard.
Picture: Tom Broadbent
Picture: Tom Broadbent Source: Austral International Press Agency

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Morning Confusion About XL Pipeline!

Allan's Perspective


Dear Readers:

First of all we have some news from the town of Kitimat, way out in the wilds of British Columbia.

You know about Kitimat, that’s the place where the XL pipeline is supposed to feed into a marine terminal for shipping oil overseas!

Well, the tree huggers have been poring all sorts of money into shutting the whole thing down, in spite of the almost 200 high paying jobs it would provide in a town of only 10,000 that is wracked with unemployment!

Residents of Kitimat will cast votes in a local plebiscite Saturday for or against the multibillion-dollar Northern Gateway pipeline. (The District of Kitimat has remained neutral on the $6-billion project, but the vote will decide council’s position.) “We’ll see what the people of Kitimat want,” said Mayor Joanne Monaghan.

(Kitimat residents are being asked: Do you support the final report recommendations of the Joint Review Panel (JRP) of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and National Energy Board, that the Enbridge Northern Gateway project be approved, subject to 209 conditions set out in Volume 2 of the JRP’s final report?)

Now this is where it gets interesting kids. First of all, Enbridge is spending big bucks:

It’s a question about “as hard to nail to the wall as a bit of Jell-O,” said Murray Minchin, a volunteer with the grassroots Douglas Channel Watch.
untitledHe describes a campaign that has been outspent, outmanned and outmanoeuvred from the outset. Enbridge’s campaign started months — if not years — ago, Minchin said.
They faced no spending limits, as provincial election laws didn’t apply to the municipal vote. Northern Gateway had paid canvassers, full-page ads, glossy brochures, a new website and billboards, Minchin said. They ran an annual campaign for youth that saw 50 iPads distributed to essay contest winners, he added.
And yet, Minchin is hopeful the vote will go his way.

And well he should be!

Environmental groups from across the country, (and especially the United States) have been throwing money, time, and effort into defeating the proposal!


Why are environmental groups in Canada and especially the U.S. so dead set AGAINST this pipeline, and yet you never hear a peep out of them about the oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico and up in Alaska! (SEE MAP!)

Just to refresh your memory:

untitledThe Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the BP oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and the Macondo blowout) began on 20 April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect. It claimed eleven lives, and is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry Following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days, until it was capped on 15 July 2010. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels (210 million US gal; 780,000 m3). After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on 19 September 2010


imagesR0EGLNPQThe Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, when Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California, struck Prince William Sound‘s Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. local time and spilled 260,000 to 750,000 barrels (41,000 to 119,000 m3) of crude oil over the next few days. It is considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters. The Valdez spill was the largest ever in US waters until the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in terms of volume released. However, Prince William Sound’s remote location, accessible only by helicopter, plane, or boat, made government and industry response efforts difficult and severely taxed existing plans for response. The region is a habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals and seabirds. The oil, originally extracted at the Prudhoe Bay oil field, eventually covered 1,300 miles (2,100 km) of coastline, and 11,000 square miles (28,000 km2) of ocean. Exxon’s CEO, Lawrence Rawl, shaped the company’s response.

THE POINT IS THIS KIDS, On the grand scale of things, Oil Sands product is far safer than shipping it down from Alaska, or putting up (thousands) oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oh, we can give in to the demands of the tree huggers folks, but first I want their names and addresses …………………….., so that when the oil starts to run out, they’re the first one’s that have to walk!

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The Opposition had more questions Friday for P.E.I. Agriculture Minister George Webster over whether he charged his expense account $37.88 US for a hotel room movie.

george-websterQuestions about the expense, incurred while Webster was at an agricultural conference in Texas in November 2011, first came up Thursday.

Progressive Conservative MLA Colin Lavie asked Webster if he intended to repay it.

(Agriculture Minister George Webster speculated he may have sat on the remote, and so ended up being charged for the movie at the hotel.)

Once again folks, we don’t make this stuff up!


How’s THIS for the pot calling the kettle black kids!

untitledRadio host Rush Limbaugh is deeply concerned about CBS’s decision to install Stephen Colbert as David Letterman’s replacement.

According to Rush Limburger, the only kind of bullshit that is acceptable is HIS particular brand of bullshit!

(No shit!)


Some strange news in my e-mail this morning: First of all some bank in the Caribbean informed me that my account is “locked,” (and I don’t know what I’m going
to do) and then somebody else wrote to tell me they were sending me a “second notice” ……………, again!


1067863-Clipart-Flasher-Man-From-Behind-Royalty-Free-Vector-IllustrationI don’t know what the big deal is with the Oscar Pistorius trial, OF COURSE HE’S GUILTY …………………………., just like O.J. Simpson was guilty!

(Oh, wait a minute!)


I was just reading about Patrick Brazeau and suddenly realized the “REHAB” is the greatest “get out of jail free” card there ever was!


1073302-Clipart-3d-Sexy-Blond-Pinup-Woman-In-The-Nude-1-Royalty-Free-CGI-IllustrationEXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT: BAKING and home-ware bible Good Housekeeping is shocking readers with a saucy consumer test on sex toys.

The staid 129-year-old magazine – better known for kitchen gadget trials and cake recipes – has given its verdict on which bedroom aids hit the spot. (G?)

They asked a panel of 100 women aged 30 to 80 to try out vibrators shaped like stones, leaves and lipstick.
And testers crowned the $64.99 Je Joue Mimi the champion with 77 out of 100. –>

They said the pebble-shaped device was “cute, feminine and not a bit scary”.


Andy Yan, a senior urban planner and adjunct professor at UBC, stood in front of about 50 American developers and planners at a workshop this week and watched their jaws drop. He compared Vancouver’s median household income, about $57,000, alongside the average detached house price – $1.36-million.

“They were floored,” Mr. Yan says. “We have profound economic challenges.”

Mr. Yan was one of the presenters as the U.S.-based Urban Land Institute held its annual meeting this week in Vancouver, with 3,000 delegates from around the world descending on the convention centre.


AND FINALLY: In recent pursuits, we have come upon accounts of once-practiced — and somewhat, shall we say, curious — sports that have long since faded into obscurity.

untitledCompetitive walking in the 1870s and 1880s, for instance. “In the decades after the Civil War there was mass urbanization in the United States,” Matthew Algeo — author of Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sportrecently told NPR. Millions of people were moving into cities “and there wasn’t much for them to do in their free time, so pedestrianism — competitive walking matches — filled a void for people. It became quite popular quite quickly.”

Such pedestrian contests were rather, shall we say, pedestrian when compared with other peculiar North American pastimes of the past.

Herewith we proffer a quartet of odd sports:

Gander Pulling

The following account will indeed offend modern sensibilities; no doubt, it also disturbed some citizens at the time of the abhorrence. But it is what it was.

When Thomas C. Fletcher was but a young lad in mid-19th century Missouri, according to the Atlanta Constitution of 1894, he observed rustic gentlemen competing in a sport called “gander pulling.”

1045316-Royalty-Free-RF-Clip-Art-Illustration-Of-A-Cartoon-Cold-Featherless-ChickenThis was in the days before organized football and baseball, said Fletcher. A group of two dozen or so men would convene at a crossroads store “where 18-cents-per-gallon corn whisky was dispensed.” The men contributed $1 apiece to a kitty. They then obtained — by hook or crook — a tough old gander, plucked the feathers from its neck and covered the shorn neck with soap and grease. Then they suspended the goose by its feet from a tree — so it was dangling.

On horseback, the men rode in a circle, and each attempted to grasp the gander’s slippery neck — as if it were a golden ring. The man who grabbed the goose from the tree took home the pool of money.

“It was a little rough on the fowl,” said Fletcher, who was governor of Missouri in the 1860s, “but as a feat of strength and horsemanship, it was worth seeing.”

Mimic Pistol Dueling

untitledNearly a century before paintball or laser tag, there existed the exotic endeavor of mimic pistol dueling. As reported in the Chicago Tribune in 1909, a French inventor created bullets made of wax that worked in dueling pistols and the Army’s standard-issue revolvers. Duelists wore loosely fitting garments and wire-and-glass masks for protection; pistols were fitted with hand shields. Opponents faced each other, at a distance of 25 paces. A director barked the command: “Fire!” Officials were on hand to judge the accuracy of the shots. That same year, there was a New York Times account of a bloodless duel at the city’s Athletic Club. Two men — wearing long black gowns and protective masks — faced each other in the gymnasium. “All agreed,” the paper reported, “that it was a fine shooting game.”

Centipede Vs. Tarantula

imagesZ9IR2V0OAt a Columbus Avenue bar in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported in 1894, men liked to gather and tongue-wag and wager as they watched a battle-to-the-death between a tarantula and a centipede. “The strange contest takes place, as a rule, in a circular box about two feet in diameter, such a box as cheese is generally shipped in,” according to the reporter. “A large pane of glass is laid over the box to prevent the escape of the contestants.” During one such contest, 10 men watched as the tarantula killed the centipede — and then died from battle wounds. All of the spectators “were pledged to secrecy,” the reporter noted, “as the S.P.C.A. might have concluded to interfere had they learned of the affair.”

Telegraph Bowling

imagesP218SKWZBy the late 19th century, athletes in America were combining sport and technology in creative ways. Newspapers reported “telegraph bowling” matches between teams in two distant cities. Seattle and Spokane, for instance. Boston and Brooklyn. Buffalo and Chicago. Officials in each city marked the frames and relayed the scores to the opposing team.

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