Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Everyone Love Borat, Not!

If you think that all those scenes in Borat are staged, then read this article about his unwitting "costars". A number are considering suing Baron Cohen, no doubt after seeing how much the film grossed in its first weekend. However, an entertainment lawyer who reviewed his consent form suggests that winning a suit would be difficult.

Tory Senator Endorses Rae

Conservative Senator Hugh Segal sizes up Liberal leadership frontrunners Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff and suggests Tories should fear Rae more than Ignatieff. Rae has much more political experience and is more likely to bring down the minority government. Segal suggests Ignatieff is still making the transition from academics to politics. Sounds like a Rae endorsement to me.

O.J. Simpsons To Reveal How He Killed Them!

The Fox Network is broadcasting an interview with O.J. Simpson on November 27 and 29 entitled "If I Did It, Here's How It Happened". How creepy is that going to be. It's about time he admitted to the killings.

Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Beating

Sasha Baron Cohen was repeatedly punched in the face in New York while playing his Borat character. It seems someone did not appreciate when he approached him and asked in his Kazakh accent : 'I like your clothings. Are nice! Please may I buying? I want have sex with it.' I think Cohen has a death wish.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The decaying of America

Here it is Hardee's Chili Cheese Thickburger back by popular demand. Yes it seems Americans can't get enough of these suckers. A mere 960 calories, 60 grams of fat and 1570 milligrams of sodium. A heart attack in a bun.

Linda the Mayor Slayer

Linda Simpson withstood everything that Vaughan Mayor Michael Di Biase could fling at her and held on for a 90 vote squeaker yesterday. That had to have been one of the nastiest elections you are going to see here for quite a while. I just didn't believe she could pull it off. Di Biase had endorsements from every Vaughan politician and community group. But the electorate, tired of sleaze, corruption and dirty tricks threw him out of office (subject to the recount he is demanding). Way to go Linda! Just don't let us down.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the race is about to start

Well they are off and running for the 2008 Presidential nominations in the U.S. and it's going to be a wide open race. The only sure bet is it won't be Arnold Schwarzenegger unless he gets a constitutional amendment to allow him to be the first Austrian born President.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has taken the first step in a 2008 presidential bid. The former mayor filed papers to create the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee, Inc., establishing a New York-based panel that would allow him to raise money to explore a White House run and travel the country.

Yesterday Sen. John McCain said he was taking the initial step of setting up an exploratory committee. Under U.S. federal election law, an exploratory committee allows an individual to travel and gauge the level of support for a candidacy without formally declaring themselves a candidate and adhering to all the federal rules of fundraising.

Sen. Hillary Clinton who is McCain's counterpart as the unofficial frontrunner in the Democratic Party, says she hasn't made a formal decision yet. But she should jump in soon. She has tied up all the money but the buzz is with Sen. Barrack Obama of Illinois.

Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa has filed to establish a full-blown campaign committee.

On ABC's "This Week," Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware said he was running. His 1988 presidential bid floundered after he was discovered to have lifted significant parts of his stump speech from British politician Neil Kinnock.

Rep. Duncan Hunter of California is a Republican who has also announced he is running. He is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Republican Tennessee Senator Bill Frist resigned his seat in order to launch a 2008 presidential bid.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Why I will never own a Harley!

Some photos from an annual Harley gathering in upstate New York. Warning: Some will find a couple of them offensive. I'm just offended by the body size.

Communications 101

Maybe it loses something in the translation

Liberal Leadership Candidate - Michael Ignatieff

Ignatieff is a 58 year old history professor who not only speaks English and French but also Russian. He has no political or applicable leadership experience. He is a self-described centre-left Liberal but I think he is more right than he admits to. He has spent most of his life abroad, either in Britain or the U.S. He supported U.S. invasion of Iraq which really worries me. No question that he has great communication and speaking skills. But a leader needs more than just good speaking skills. He seems to say things that gets him in trouble and certain reflects his inexperience. I think he would be a disaster.

Liberal Leadership Candidate - Gerard Kennedy

Kennedy is identified with the youth wing of the party although at 45 he is not the youngest candidate. He is well known for founding the Edmonton Food Bank and serving as executive director of Toronto's Daily Bread Food bank. His left-leaning positions have made him palatable to both NDP supporters and Liberals. He is relatively youthful and a fresh face. Kennedy is a long-time Liberal with no links to scandals or federal level divisions but he has little profile outside of Ontario. He is also bilingual. He has been an Ontario MPP since 1996 and Education Minister for 3 years. He certainly has sound leadership experience. His lack of profile hurts him but I really like him.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Liberal Leadership Candidate - Ken Dryden

Dryden is best described as the Philosopher King. I'm not sure why he is in politics since I find him lacking in a number of important areas. He is 58 and does not speak French. I see him as a slow and plodding decision maker if he makes one at all. He has a fascinating background. He was a former NHL goalie and a lawyer. I don't think he faired well as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs or as a political appointee (Youth Commissioner in 1984). He was elected as an MP in 2004 and was appointed Social Development Minister. He is building his campaign around equal opportunity for all and the urgent need to strengthen the education system to remain competitive in the knowledge-based global economy. He can bore you to tears. He has no organization, no money and no campaign workers because he is not serious about his candidacy so why should I be?

Liberal Leadership Candidate - Stephane Dion

Dion is quite a bright guy but so are most of the other candidates. He holds a Ph.D from the Institute of Political Studies, Paris. He is 50 years old and bilingual. He was put in Cabinet in 1996 before he was elected an MP. He has served as Environment and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister. He is best known for authoring the Clarity Act, which sets strict terms for negotiating Quebec separation. He is known as being federalism's point man in Quebec. He claims to have more experience as a cabinet minister as the other candidates combined. That is true but I feel he was an ineffective minister. For example, he failed miserably in implementing Kyoto. It's true he has the leadership experience but his performance leaves be wondering if we can do better.

Liberal Leadership Candidate - Joe Volpe

Joe Volpe has been an MP since 1988 and has served as both Minister of Immigration and Minister of Human Resources. I really think he represents some of the worse aspects of the previous Liberal administration. He has been involved in several scandals during he leadership campaign and has accused critics of being anti-Italian. He has no chance of winning and is only bringing bad headlines to the party while it is trying to renew itself. He should disappear under a rock and never reappear.

Liberal Leadership Candidate - Bob Rae

Bob Rae is clearly a strong candidate in this race although not an ideal choice. He has some strong attributes but comes with considerable baggage. He has been and MP, MPP, Ontario Premier but as a member of the NDP. So he has plenty of leadership and political experience. He is a candidate who could help the Liberals crowd out the NDP and grab back votes lost in the 2006 federal election. But on the downside, many Ontarians have a bitter taste in their mouths from Rae's premiership during recession years in the early 90s. He has been out of politics since 1995 and just recently joined the Liberal party. Rae is a 57 year old lawyer and fluent in English and French. He has become much more pragmatic since his days as Ontario Premier. He now believes in balanced budgets, tax cuts, a sound environment policy and a balanced foreign policy. I think he may be the best of the bunch and I would consider supporting him if he was leader.

Liberal Leadership Candidate - Scott Brison

Brison is marginal candidate. He is a former PC leadership contender in 2003 who at 38 has some youthful appeal. I see him as a centre-right candidate and he sees himself as a defender of the environment, business innovation and socially progressive values. His French is very average. He was Public Works Minister in the Martin government. Brison has a commerce degree and operated a small business before he entered politics. He crossed the floor in 2004 following the merger of the Progressive Conservatives and Canadian Alliance parties because he was concerned the Alliance wing would dominate the new party. A recent minor scandal involving Brison occurred when he sent a CIBC banker an email the day before the government's announcement on the taxation of income trusts. The emails created the perception that he had leaked the news. Brison is a new Liberal, weak on French, few leadership credentials and therefore a poor choice as leader.

Liberal Leadership Candidate - Martha Hall Findlay

Not much is known about Findlay and I have no idea why she is in the race still. She is a 46 year old lawyer who has the distinction of losing to Belinda Stronach in the 2004 election while Stronach was still a Conservative. She wants to rebuild the Liberal party but offers very little in terms of what voters can expect from her as leader. She has leadership experience at the community level but not at the national level really. She is bilingual.

Shouldn't be too hard

Bad hair day?