Although these events occurred under the last government, please rest assured that this government will do everything in its power to ensure…Arar is just a political pawn, a vehicle to embarrass the Liberals and score some cheap points for the Conservatives. This apology is beyond crass, completely classless and unfortunately far too predictable. Well the apology might not be worth much but the settlement of $10.5 million sure is.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Well I finally saw An Inconvenient Truth and I have to say I was very impressed with what Gore accomplished in this film. I was impressed by his passion, his commitment to a cause, his intelligence and the clarity of his message. Whether you agree with him or not, you can't help but notice that what used to be a wooden speaker has transformed into a charming, warm and humour person. An excellent platform to launch another run at the presidency. Looking over the current field of Democrats - you do a lot worse.
By delving into Gore's personal tragedies and setbacks (the near-fatal accident of his son, his sister's death from lung cancer and his oh-so-close loss of the 2000 presidential election), you see a vulnerability not often displayed by public figures. But with the polarization of politics in the U.S., there is a segment of American society that will never acknowledge Gore or his message.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Why the attraction to popular names rather than people with the right set of skills for the job. I'm starting to wonder about Mr. Tory. It's a shame Miss Huronia 1991 is also not available. She has the experience.
I'm sure it will soon be in a Starbucks near you.
I apologize if people can't make out the writing, but as we all know uploading images can be difficult. For the readers benefit, here is the text of Khan's extensive report below:
Hello Prime Minister and First Lady:
Having a wonderful time. Egypt is wonderful, I must say the visit to the Sphinx has been the highlight. The food is excellent and the lodgings have all been five star (see receipts). Jordan was wonderful, the people were very friendly. I also enjoyed Syria, had a wonderful conversation with a cab driver on the way to the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus- stunning architecture by the way! The cab driver felt that two-state solution for Palestine was the best way to ensure lasting peace in the region. Good advice for sure, I will speak more when I return.
Anyways, I had best wrap up, there is wonderful restaurant with dancers, on the Nile, that I am told is a MUST SEE. I will probably leave Egypt in a day or two, then on to Israel. I will be sure to garner some opinions while visiting the sandy beaches in Tel Aviv.
Again, thank-you for this opportunity as special advisor Prime Minister. I haven't felt this relaxed since the 0% financing sale at the dealership.
This tunnel in Russia is the longest in-city tunnel of Europe. There is a river running over it, and water leaks at some points. When the temperature reaches -38 degrees, like it did this winter, the road freezes and the result is the attached video taken during a single year with the tunnel camera.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Many have been informed their chance to remain a citizen expired years ago because of an obscure provision in the Citizenship Act, a little-known law that applied between 1947 and 1977. The law states that if you lived outside Canada on your 24th birthday and failed to sign the right form, you automatically lost your citizenship. This includes people actually born in Canada.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Why doesn't he just get a job selling shoes at Bloomingdale? All the feet he can handle.
In retrospect I was quite wrong. After a year of Conservative rule, it is now clear, conservatism isn't just dying -- it's dead. And it's the Conservatives who killed it.
The more the party has chased the middle, however, the faster it has seemed to recede; with each abandonment of its principles, the opposition and the media, those arbiters of the status quo, simply yawn and move the goalposts a little further down the field. So that even so humiliating a climbdown as the past week's reinstatement of the very Liberal environmental programs the Tories abolished in their first weeks in office wins them no points whatever.
Quebec, missile defence, China, health care, regional development: it's very hard to tell what the Conservative position is any more, or how it differs from the Liberals, or what it will be a week from now. And the result? 31% in the last poll. Sell your soul, you'd think you'd at least get paid.
The first lady appeared in a news conference with Senators John Warner (R-VA), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to announce their largely symbolic opposition to the president's plans. This becomes the third bipartisan public condemnation in as many days.
Mrs. Bush stated that she and the dogs would begin an immediate withdrawal and strategic redeployment, returning only when the president is able to step up and make the commitment to govern himself and the country effectively. She cited a specific set of benchmarks and a timetable for the White House loosely adapted from an earlier House of Representatives proposal for Iraq.
Bickering over the estate - and the body reached a new peak with the filing of his will, which made no provision for the woman who claims to be his widow, or their five-year-old son, James Junior.
The coffin eventually will be placed in an above-ground mausoleum accessible to the public. Also, family members, friends and estate trustees planned to consult with Elvis Presley's family to learn how they opened Graceland.
1. When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.
And now, the Honorable Mentions:
2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat- cutting machine and submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.
3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.
4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.
5. A Texas teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.
6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer: $15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?)
7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinder block through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinder block and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinder block bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.
8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."
9. The Ann Arbor Michigan News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.
******THE 5-STAR STUPIDITY AWARD WINNER*****
10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he'd had in a very long time.
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004) -- Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role
IRIS (2001) -- Nominee, Actress in a Supporting Role
TITANIC (1997) -- Nominee, Actress in a Leading Role
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995) -- Nominee, Actress in a Supporting Role
Monday, January 22, 2007
Lovie Smith became the first black head coach to make it all the way to the NFL’s marquee game yesterday when his Chicago Bears won the NFC championship. About four hours later, his pal and mentor, Tony Dungy, joined him there when his Indianapolis Colts took the AFC title.
"Bush is going to end up the most unpopular president in history. Remember, I said that here first."
--Gore Vidal in the April 18, 2002, San Francisco Chronicle, when Bush was at 76% in a CBS poll.
The two project leaders pick team mates and each team must come up with a unique idea for an LA double-decker custom sightseeing tour for Starline Tours. Things do not go smoothly for Team Michelle and it becomes obvious they lose the task and who is going to be fired. Before the Trumps could begin the boardroom showdown, Michelle piped up and gave a speech that boiled down to "It's been real, but this place is bananas, I'm out of here. I'll just go back to having my own successful business, you crazy freaks." Of course she didn't actually say this, but rather launched into a seemingly rehearsed speech, as The Donald kept interrupting her telling her she was in fact, a quitter and a loser and that she just didn't understand how this really simulated what it's like struggling in the world of business.
I kind of have to side with Michelle on this one and I'll go out on a limb here and guess that the Donald didn't have to take too many showers in his backyard while climbing up the real estate ladder. I could be wrong, and I hope I am because I'm starting to feel like the "tent city" approach is only really proving a one-sided argument and really takes a lot out of the show as we virtually know nothing about the folks on Kinetic. I'm not sure that living in a tent is making the candidates hungrier for victory, but probably more insane and gamey. While this is fun to watch to a point, I think that's why we have Survivor. Donald, Ivanka and Donald Jr. tried to really convince Michelle she would regret resigning and that she would get nowhere in business with that kind of attitude, it really sounded like this came more out of desperation to just get to the real board room scene (I bet they had thought up some real zingers they didn't want to lose the chance to use!). Michelle wasn't having it and said her goodbyes. I have to say that this made me like Michelle more than any other point in the show, which granted, isn't saying a whole lot. This show is getting weaker and weaker.
Colleen Pavelka chose to have the birth of their second child induced a few days early so husband Mark Pavelka could attend Sunday's NFC Championship showdown between the Bears and the New Orleans Saints. The baby was due Monday. But when Colleen went in for an appointment Friday afternoon, her doctors told her she could opt for an early delivery. She decided to do so.