Saturday, September 15, 2007

Is that Leelee Sobieski hitchhiking on Yonge Street?


Marilyn Manson in Toronto? I feel so dirty!


Southwest Airlines Apologizes

Southwest Airlines has finally decided to apologize to the mini-skirted customer that it tried to kick off a flight...

Self-confessed "PR lover" and Southwest CEO Greg Kelly said:

"From a Company who really loves PR, touche to you Kyla! Some have said we've gone from wearing our famous hot pants to having hot flashes at Southwest, but nothing could be further from the truth. As we both know, this story has great legs, but the true issue here is that you are a valued Customer, and you did not get an adequate apology. Kyla, we could have handled this better, and on behalf of Southwest Airlines, I am truly sorry. We hope you continue to fly Southwest Airlines. Our Company is based on freedom even if our actions may have not appeared that way. It was never our intention to treat you unfairly and again, we apologize."
Southwest also took this opportunity to launch something called "Mini-skirt fares." Not kidding. Being serious.

Why do celebrities hate the paparazzi?


...because they make an afternoon of shopping into an ordeal.

Banned From Tim Hortons, That's Un-Canadian!


It was a heated day Friday for a Tim Hortons in Etobicoke, after an attempt to ban teens from the coffee shop from 11am to 4pm raised the ire of an entire student body.

Rather than being welcomed with a friendly smile at the local coffee shop, students from Michael Power and St. Joseph Catholic High School were greeted with a sign - that's since been taken down - telling them their money was "welcome" inside - but they weren't.
A spokesperson at Tim Hortons headquarters said the franchise owner was just trying to speed up traffic, while an employee claimed the students could get really out of hand. A partial statement was also issued by the company's headquarters saying that the partial ban was because of unfortunate and inappropriate behaviour that's on its way to being resolved.
Needless to say, the teenagers were outraged, and felt the many were being blamed for the shortcomings of the few.

Another found the sign was insulting, "That's very discriminating toward us. If there's a group of people you can't tell us that it's only kids that can get rowdy."

The principal of the school met with the shop owner Friday morning to put a stop to the ban which could have resulted in a boycott. As for whether Tim Hortons was within their rights to do that, the answer is yes. The Ontario Human Rights Code does not provide protection to people under 18.

File under "Creepy"

A Venezuelan man who had been declared dead woke up in the morgue in excruciating pain after medical examiners began their autopsy.

Carlos Camejo, 33, was declared dead after a highway accident and taken to the morgue, where examiners began an autopsy only to realize something was amiss when he started bleeding. They quickly sought to stitch up the incision on his face."I woke up because the pain was unbearable", Camejo said, according to a report on Friday in leading local newspaper El Universal.

His grieving wife turned up at the morgue to identify her husband's body only to find him moved into a corridor - and alive.

More Female and Minority MPPs under MMP

MMP will provide an opportunity to increase the propotion of women in Legislature. The political parties all talk about increasing the number of women and minority candidates but always fall short. The party lists under MMP can be another mechanism to increase these numbers. In New Zealand, the introduction of MMP increased the proportion of women representatives from 20% to about 33%.

Under the proposed MMP system the Legislature will have 129 seats. 90 seats will be filled as they are now by 90 separate riding votes. The remaining 39 will be awarded to political parties based on their portion of the total vote. Each voter will have two votes - one for a candidate in their riding and the other for one of the parties. You can split your vote by supporting a NDP candidate and the Liberal party. The parties will present list of potential representatives before the election which will be used to fill the party seats.

Conservative Leader John Tory has now come out against MMP because he says it will allow party bosses to fill seats instead of the voters. That's not the real reason because if it was good for the Conservatives (or Liberals) you know that he would be running around the province begging the voters to support it. As a leader Mr. Tory could inform the public how the Conservatives would select their list before the election but by doing so he would indirectly supporting the proposal. In fact he suggests a process that he would likely never use.

The current electoral system benefits the larger parties at the expense of smaller parties, The Conservatives and Liberals can win majority governments with less than 40% of the popular vote. So naturally they would be opposed to a system that might jeopardize a majority in some future election and force them to adopt policies supported by constituents are not normally very well represented in the Legislature. Under the proposed MPP system, the Green Party would likely get at least one seat in the Legislature, as long as they received 3% of the party vote on the ballot. That doesn't sound like much of an achievement but it would give them a voice in the Legislature for the first time. The NDP which traditionally receives about 20% of the popular vote often does not even win 10% of the seats.

By-election Polling

Outremont: NDP: 38% vs Liberals: 32%

Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot: BQ: 49% vs Conservatives: 32%

Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean: Conservatives: 43% vs BQ: 37%

This looks like a disaster for Stephane Dion. Maybe Stephen Harper should call an election as quickly as possible.

Check out the lips


My Bomb is Bigger than Your Bomb

What a relief to learn that the U.S. has a 14-ton super bomb even more destructive than the thermobaric “vacuum bomb” just tested earlier in the week by Russia, that had been touted as being the most powerful in the world. Not so, according to retired Lt. General McInerney, chairman of the Iran Policy Committee, and former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. McInerney said the U.S. has “a new massive ordnance penetrator that’s 30,000 pounds, that really penetrates ... Ahmadinejad has nothing in Iran that we can’t penetrate.”

And I was thinking we might possibly have had something to be worried about.

Friday, September 14, 2007

OJ Simpson up to no good again

Investigators have questioned O.J. Simpson and named him a suspect in a break-in at a casino hotel room involving sports memorabilia.

The break-in was reported at the Palace Station casino late last night. But when police talked to him, Simpson made the comment that he believed the memorabilia was his.

O.J. Simpson told the Associated Press that he did take his shit back, but he denied breaking into someone's hotel room to get it. He said several weeks ago an auction house owner contacted him about some people that had a bunch of his stuff and were trying to sell it off.

Alfred Beardsley, a sports memorabilia collector, spoke to TMZ and said Simpson and his posse pretended to be customers who wanted to buy the suit Simpson wore when he was acquitted. Beardsley says they entered the room and two men drew guns. He said Simpson was calling the shots during the alleged robbery.


Pluto Drama at Disneyland (in other words a slow post day)

Colin Ferrell is friends with a Toronto bum?

A few years ago a homeless man, known to locals as Stress, made friends with Colin Ferrell in Toronto. Farrell returned to town this week, promoting his new film Cassandra’s Dream, when he bumped into his old friend and took him out shopping.

TTC Needs More $$



The TTC has all these great ideas to get more money out of us. First there was the announced fare hike. My TTC monthly pass is going up $9.25 in November to $109. As a result, 37 money losing bus routes and the Sheppard subway will be kept open.

But the TTC needs more revenues and has the been considering the following:

  • Zoned Fares. The idea of a zoned fare system, in which riders pay graduated amounts based on distance travelled, might also fit with the new regional fare card being tested in the GTA, which will eventually work on any transit vehicle or station in the Toronto area.
  • More advertising. The TTC sells about $15 million of advertising annually, including bus and subway station wraps. Even if the whole system were opened to ads, adding 50 per cent more revenue, that would bring in only $7 million – a relatively small sum given that transit officials are looking for $94 million next year.
  • Parking fees in all lots. The TTC is looking at raising more revenue through parking fees, possibly offering a new Metropass that would include a $2 or $3 daily parking charge in addition to the transit fare. That would be pretty expensive in combination with a metropass.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Tapes Released


An audio tape from the military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay where 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed confessed to his many crimes was released by the Pentagon yesterday:


"I was responsible for 9/11 from A to Z," Mohammed said in a written statement read at the closed court session. "I decapitated with my blessed right hand the American Jew, Daniel Pearl in Karachi."


Mohammed portrayed himself as Al Qaeda's most active operational planner, confessing to playing a central role in 30 other attacks and plots in the U.S. and worldwide that left scores dead.


'I was responsible for the bombing of a night club in Bali, Indonesia, which was frequented by British and Australian nationals,' the statement said. "I was responsible for the assassination attempt on President Clinton during his visit to the Philippines in 1994 or 1995."


Of course the Pentagon didn't release quite all of the tape. The Pentagon has censored an audio tape of the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks speaking at a military hearing - cutting out Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's explanation for why Islamic militants waged jihad against the United States.


A transcript of the full testimony (uncensored and released in March) can be read here, and the audio file can be found here.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Want to be his sober buddy?


InTouch Weekly reports thatOwen Wilson has refused rehab and is instead paying $750 a day for a sober companion. This sober companion lives with Owen and follows him everywhere he goes to make sure he doesn't fall off the wagon.

It's an interesting concept but may not be quite as effective as rehab. But at over $250,000 a year I would take that job. As long as I can drink.

Kathy Griffin to be Censored

Kathy Griffin, quite simply, rules. She also, as a lot of people probably know by now, won a creative arts Emmy last weekend for her reality show, "My Life on the D-List." In her acceptance speech, she said something I would never have thought a celebrity in the United States would ever say, namely this:

"A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus. Suck it, Jesus. This award is my God now."

...and the reaction wasn't long in coming:

"Kathy Griffin's offensive remarks will not be part of the E! telecast on Saturday night," the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said in a statement Monday."

Why do the Conservative and Liberals not support MMP?

Both John Tory and Dalton McGuinty have indicated that they will not comment on the referendum that will appear on the ballot on October 10. Their reasoning is that they want to let the people decide and don't want to influence people. That's not the real reason because if it was good for the two tradition parties you know that they would be running around the province begging the voters to support it.

The current electoral system benefits the larger parties at the expense of smaller parties, The Conservatives and Liberals can win majority governments with less than 40% of the popular vote. So naturally they would be opposed to a system that might jeopardize a majority in some future election and force them to adopt policies supported by constituents are not normally very well represented in the Legislature. Under the proposed MPP system, the Green Party would likely get at least one seat in the Legislature, as long as they received 3% of the party vote on the ballot. That doesn't sound like much of an achievement but it would give them a voice in the Legislature for the first time. The NDP which traditionally receives about 20% of the popular vote often does not even win 10% of the seats.

It's interesting that many opponents of MPP are suspicious that the proposed system would favour the ruling parties and let them stack the House. That is the farthest from the truth. It puts them at a disadvantage. Their lists will be scrutinized by the public, interest groups and the media for anyone contentious. So there will be no possibility of slipping in some party hack.

So if you want to end the stranglehold that the Liberals and Conservatives have on the Legislature then vote for MPP.

Kate Bosworth is disappointed in Toronto

...because its too cold to wear a bikini.

Woody Allen is still complaining


...the Toronto Four Seasons Hotel put so little creamcheese on my bagel this morning.

Mascots don't always play nice



The duck was suspended for a game.

Rachel McAdams comes to Toronto to get away from the crowds


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Latest Bushism from APEC

Southwest Airlines harasses second woman


Southwest Airlines, the proud sexists who nearly kicked a woman off of a flight because they deemed her outfit inappropriate, are at it again.

A second woman is complaining after an airline took issue with her sexy attire.

Setara Qassim said she was flying home to Burbank, Calif., from Las Vegas in June when a Southwest Airlines flight attendant gave her a blanket and told her to cover up.
WARNING: Large breasted women are not welcome on Southwest Arlines. If you insist on flying Southwest, bring along something to cover up with .


Facebook Closes Account Over Breastfeeding Pics

Mothers are up in arms after Facebook deleted pictures of nursing babies it considered "obscene content" and closed the account of at least one Canadian mom.

Breastfeeding activists are emailing, posting and instant messaging their outrage. A new Facebook group set up to petition for a change in site policy – called "Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" – has swelled from 7,000 members to more than 10,200 in the past few days.

Karen Speed, 33, an Edmonton mother of three boys has complained that five of her photos were deleted last month and then her account shut down.

The Face of a Criminal

Meet Carlton Davis. The Minnesota man, 26, is facing felony charges for allegedly stealing a cell phone and purse from a woman he mugged on a St. Paul street early on Saturday morning.


According to police, after the woman turned over her belongings, Davis announced, "Now I'm going to suck your feet." Which he did, after the 24-year-old victim removed her shoes. Davis, who fled when passerby approached, was apprehended by cops a few blocks from the crime scene.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Ontario Poll

The polling numbers depend on the polling firm. Check out the latest provincial numbers - this time from Decima.

Liberals: 41%
Progressive Conservatives: 33%
New Democrats: 13%
Greens: 11%

Not sure to make of the 11% support for Greens but it seems to be at the expense of the NDP. It will never materialize on October 10.

MMP FAQs

What is MMP?
MMP or mixed-member proportional representation is a political system used in places like New Zealand and Germany, where voters cast a two-part ballot, selecting both a preferred local candidate and a political party.

In Ontario's version, voters would choose "local" MPPs in the traditional way in 90 newly created, larger ridings instead of the existing 107 constituencies. With their vote for the party of their choice on the second part of the ballot, they would also select an additional 39 MPPs from lists of candidates compiled by the parties.

These "list" MPPs would be elected based on their parties' popular vote, to top up a party's tally of "local" MPPs and more accurately reflect results across the province. The Legislature would be expanded to 129 MPPs to accommodate the changes.

What are the advantages of MMP?
Smaller parties like the Greens, the Family Coalition, and the Freedom Party would have a chance at winning seats in the Legislature even if they cannot win a riding outright. Any party that wins at least 3 per cent of the popular vote will be awarded "list" seats. It would mean the end of majority governments when a party has won less than half the vote and prevent scenarios like former NDP premier Bob Rae's landslide victory in 1990 with 37.6 per cent of the vote.

What are the disadvantages of MMP?
Critics charge the 39 "list" MPPs would not be directly elected and the parties could use the lists as a sort of Senate to reward party apparatchiks, financial donors or others. As well, it would likely spell the end of decisive, majority governments since no party has won 50 per cent or more of the popular vote since 1937. Although a party could still win a majority of seats with less than 50% of the vote.

Will these members be chosen from the party faithful, or will they have to be nominated and campaign for the opportunity to be placed on a party list?
How each party selects its list remains to be seen. Even in the current system, the parties have different nominating systems: Premier Dalton McGuinty is allowed to appoint five candidates of the Liberals' 107 without any competitive nomination process, while Progressive Conservative Leader John Tory's party doesn't allow for any appointed candidates. How each party selects its list candidates would likely up to the party. Some may opt for an open, all-party vote, while others may just have party insiders choose the list.

Won't parties use the lists to reward party insiders, donors or those that want to avoid a direct election because of something in their past?
The critics of this system suggest that party hacks will be awarded seats and the voters will have no say. This is not how it has worked in New Zealand, Germany and other countries that have adopted these reforms. Parties will be careful who they put on the lists because because the media, interest groups and the general public will scrutinize these lists carefully. A contentious names will likely harm the party vote. In fact all seats in the Israeli parliament are filled from lists. There are no directly elected representatives.

How is MMP more democratic when there are representatives in the Legislature who will not be elected directly by the voters?
The current system is very much dominated by 2 parties that don't look very much different. The portion of the public that does not support these parties are essentially disenfranchised by our electoral system. Currently, a party that is supported by 10% of voters might not get any seats while a party with 40% support can get 70% of the seats. Under the MMP, parties like the Green Party will likely win some seats and represent the views of their constituents in the Legislature. That strengthens our democratic system.

Which one turns on the coffee maker?


Internet Crazies Harrass 9/11 Photographer


Valencia M. McClatchey thought she was doing the right thing when she gave the F.B.I. a copy of her photo of the mushroom cloud that rose over the hill outside her home after United Flight 93 crashed in a field here on Sept. 11, 2001.

And, after it became apparent that hers was the only known picture of that ominous, gray cloud — and the first shot after Flight 93 crashed — she thought she was still doing the right thing when she gave copies to people who asked for them, and let newspapers and television stations use it.

But fame for the photo has had an unexpected cost for the photographer.

“Every time I’ve done any stories it goes online and all these conspiracy theorists start up and they call me and harass me,” said Mrs. McClatchey.

In numerous online postings, critics have ripped apart every element of the photo, and Mrs. McClatchey’s life. They accuse her of faking the photo, of profiteering from it and of being part of a conspiracy to cover up the fact that Flight 93 was shot down by the government.

Full article

New Britney Crotch Shot

Harper (and the National Post) Hate Public Servants

Poor Marc Mayrand, Canada's Chief Electoral Officer is getting lambasted by the Prime Minister and the National Post because federal legislation is unclear. This is an ongoing trend that I have observed from both parties. If you disagree with a judge's interpretation of a law then accuse them of trying to write their own law.

Most legislation contains all types of ambiguity. Therefore, those who must apply these laws are forced to interpret them or use the courts for an interpretation. The original intent of legislators is not necessarily given much weight if they failed to be clear in their drafting.

Today's headline in the Post suggests Mr. Mayrand just makes up any rule he likes. But if you examine the Elections Act, it doesn't require that you show your face when voting, only that you show photo id. In fact, if you don't show photo id then the law states you can still vote by swearing an oath. And lets not forget voting by mail does not require you to show your face or any photo id.

Mr. Maynard did point out these shortcomings to Parliament during hearings but no changes were made. Lets face it, politicians most often never get it right the first time. As a result, legislation is constantly being amended after the fact to fix the error missed on the first go around.

Mr. Maynard's sin is doing his job correctly and not giving in to political influence. And don't you want Elections Canada to be independent of political influence?

David Dunlop Observatory in Richmond Hill to be Closed


The 70-year-old David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill — once Canada’s leading observatory where scientists first discovered black holes — has outlived its usefullness and will likely be sold, say officials at the University of Toronto, which owns the 200-acre property. It really is sad because it is an incredible structure. Instead Richmond Hill will gain another subdivision.

The lights of the city are simply too bright to let astronomers see clearly enough into space for modern research.

Donated to the university in 1935 by the widow of mining mogul David Dunlap, an astronomy buff, the telescope was built on farmland that seemed far from the bustle of Toronto. But as urban sprawl wrapped around its forested setting in the 1980s, astronomers began to leave the Dunlap observatory for other countries.

Poor Keira Knightley

...had to go to her film's viewing at the TIFF because there was no Toronto Maple Leaf game last night.

9/11 Death Toll Continues


Many of the 9/11 rescuers are now ill with respiratory problems and cancers, and they blame the illnesses on exposure to the fallen towers' toxic dust.

For the first time, the name of a victim who survived that dreadful day but died five months later of lung disease blamed on the dust she inhaled was added to the official roll. Felicia Dunn-Jones, an attorney who was working a block from the World Trade Center, became the 2,974th victim linked to the attacks.

However, there are others who have died since the attack 6 years ago that may have been victims as well. And those numbers will likely swell in the years to come.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Jimmy Carter wants to make peace at the Toronto International Film Festival


Voting with a Veil

This has to be the one of the most over-hyped political issues in years. It involves political correctness, political grandstanding and bureaucracy. And it impacts on only a few dozen voters so who really cares.

Federal and Quebec political leaders have unanimously blasted an Elections Canada decision to let Muslim women wear traditional face coverings when voting in three federal by-elections in Quebec. Parliament passed Bill C-31 in the spring, a law designed to have the visual identification of voters. You are supposed to bring a photo id with you now when you vote in federal elections.

But if you examine Election Canada procedures it allows people to vote even if they don't have a photo id. Which is why they made an exception for a handful of veiled voters. And you don't need to show photo id if you vote by mail or proxy. During the last federal election, 80,000 Canadians voted by mail.

The rules allow an elector, for religious reasons, to vote with their face covered, as long as long they swear an oath and present two valid pieces of identification. This is similar to how people without photo id are treated. They are required to swear an oath.

An overblown issue if I've ever seen one.

I love Harry Potter


What Ontario Referendum?

To find out what people think about the Ontario referendum being held a month from today, the Toronto Star stopped some 50 people at Yonge and Bloor Sts.

Just one person knew about it.

Only three others were interested enough to listen to what was being proposed.

This is a proposal that is set up to fail because the government that developed the new electoral system through a citizen's committee is not supporting it.

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the proposed MMP system in Ontario. Under the proposed system the Legislature will have 129 seats. 90 seats will be filled as they are now by 90 separate riding votes. The remaining 39 will be awarded to political parties based on their portion of the total vote. Each voter will have two votes - one for a candidate in their riding and the other for one of the parties. You can split your vote by supporting a NDP candidate and the Liberal party. The parties will present list of potential representatives before the election which will be used to fill the party seats.

The critics of this system suggest that party hacks will be awarded seats and the voters will have no say. This is not how it has worked in New Zealand, Germany and other countries that have adopted these reforms. Parties will be careful who they put on the lists because because the media, interest groups and the general public will scrutinize these lists carefully. A contentious names will likely harm the party vote. In fact all seats in the Israeli parliament are filled from lists. There are no directly elected representatives.

With Fred Thompson running, things are getting real serious


Universal Health Care to be Challenged in Ontario

Court challenges are being mounted throughout Canada to bring down Canadian public health care.

This week, the National Post reported on another lawsuit seeking to strike down critical elements of our nation's universal health care system:

It cost her $95,000, but Shona Holmes says she would be blind today if she had not sought diagnosis, then treatment for a rare eye condition in the United States, circumventing months-long wait lists in Ontario.

Her unsettling case has added ammunition to a lawsuit filed yesterday that seeks to strike down provincial bans on private medicine, private MRI clinics and private health insurance.
Opening the door to for-profit health care would make the system more efficient and curb the kind of delays that threatened Mrs. Holmes' eyesight, argues the conservative advocacy group behind the suit.

The Canadian Constitution Foundation, which is financing a similar case in Alberta, hopes to eventually bring the issue before the Supreme Court of Canada, which has already ruled that Quebec's prohibition on private health insurance is illegal unless health care queues are cut.


From Toronto Law Firm Website

Neo-Nazis in Israel

The neo-Nazis are on the march in eastern Germany (see this), in eastern Europe, in Russia, and... in Israel!?

Israeli police have broken up a neo-Nazi cell that had been carrying out attacks on religious Jews, homosexuals, drug addicts and workers, in a case that has shocked the Jewish state.
The youths, who had Nazi tattoos and allegedly celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday, belonged to Soviet Jewish families who had migrated to Israel under its law of return, which allows people with at least one Jewish grandparent to become Israeli citizens.


Under strict religious rules, however, many of the former Soviet immigrants are not considered to be Jewish.

Israeli media published videotapes that the group of eight men, aged between 16 and 21, had made of themselves, showing them giving the Nazi salute and kicking a victim to the ground in a subway.

George Clooney was in such a rush to get to Toronto


...that he didn't have time to shave.

2 York Students Raped

Saturday marked Toronto's 27th annual Take Back The Night protest and march. The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre hosted the event that went almost completely unnoticed inlocal media. Ironically, only the night before two women were raped while sleeping in their unlocked dorm rooms at York University.

No this is not Britney Spears at the MTV awards


Kid Rock vs Tommy Lee




...or as Jamie Foxx described "white on white crime"

Here I am brushing in the morning


How do you know when your career is over?


.....when you look like and perform like this. Yes it's Britney on the MTV awards!



Sunday, September 09, 2007

What a MMP Ballot Would Look Like

There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the proposed MMP system in Ontario. Under the proposed system the Legislature will have 129 seats. 90 seats will be filled as they are now by 90 separate riding votes. The remaining 39 will be awarded to political parties based on their portion of the total vote. Each voter will have two votes - one for a candidate in their riding and the other for one of the parties. You can split your vote by supporting a NDP candidate and the Liberal party. The parties will present list of potential representatives before the election which will be used to fill the party seats.

The critics of this system suggest that party hacks will be awarded seats and the voters will have no say. This is not how it has worked in New Zealand, Germany and other countries that have adopted these reforms. Parties will be careful who they put on the lists because because the media, interest groups and the general public will scrutinize these lists carefully. A contentious names will likely harm the party vote. In fact all seats in the Israeli parliament are filled from lists. There are no directly elected representatives.



Hey we stopped off at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto


...and wouldn't you know it they were showing my new movie!

Jodie Foster says "who knew I would be recognized in Toronto"


Dazed Bush forgets what country he's in, what summit he's at

President Bush's trademark struggles with the finer points of public speaking were on full display Friday, when he thanked his "Austrian" hosts for inviting him to this year's "OPEC" summit.

The "Language Mangler-in-Chief" was in Australia attending the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit. Along with misidentifying his host country and the name of the summit, Bush struggled to leave the lectern, trying to exit the stage the wrong way.