June 28, 2007

We're Back

Sorry about the site outage - around the same time I arrived home, the server went into meltdown and the hosting company began to switch the site over to a new machine. Unfortunately, while doing so, they "broke" stuff. I think everything has been restored, but if you run into other glitches, send me an email and I'll see if I can resolve it.

Thanks for your patience. The shows in Montana amounted to a long and reasonably successful trip.

You can use this thread for reader tips if you wish. I have some surfing to do and other items, like sleep, to catch up on before things get back up to speed. Thanks again to our guest bloggers - for a change, the down time gave me an opportunity to read what you posted while I was away!

Posted by Kate at June 28, 2007 8:37 PM

Try doing this with a bunch of your buddies...
and see how long it takes for the local SWAT
team to knock your dick in the dirt.

-- DESERONTO -- Mohawk protesters, who
said they had guns and wouldn't back
, began preparations for blockades of
the main CN line and Highway 401 near this
eastern Ontario town late Thursday, despite
widespread calls that an aboriginal day of
action be peaceful.


Posted by: neo at June 28, 2007 9:15 PM

maybe we need a couple of more duddly georges

Posted by: GYM at June 28, 2007 9:29 PM

Well, some of us on this site have argued that an unarmed citizenry invites government oppression. Most of us here would not agree that this group is an oppressed group, but they think that they are.

What to do? Do we take an example from the Mohawk book?

Posted by: felis corpulentis at June 28, 2007 9:36 PM

If CN can easily be intimidated by threats from Mohawks one can only imagine how they would react once a jihadist exploded in Canada.

Score one for the Mohawks.

Chalk up chicken sh*t for CN.

Posted by: Joe Molnar at June 28, 2007 9:43 PM

It probably takes a while to recover from the culture shook of no
$60K a year men hiding in the bushes to write speeding tickets.

Posted by: Bernie at June 28, 2007 10:03 PM

Don't be too sure CN will take this lying down. They're already suing the domestic terrorist for the last blockade. Piling on another for loss of revenue would be appropriate, since its highly unlikely Fan will do squat with McGuinty in charge.
Wait! I know the answer: all McGuinty and the little fuhrer have to do is ban railways!

Posted by: Skip at June 28, 2007 10:14 PM

You know, I bet Mr. Brant and his useful idiots would be REAL surprised if CN stuck a snow plow on a loco and didn't slow down for their piddly-ass "blockade". Think a school bus is going to stop a 10k horsepower diesel? Me neither.

Sorry kids, I went to see Die Hard tonight. All those 'splosions and car chases have scrambled my White Anglo Saxon Protestant Male synapses. My neck is flaming red baby, yippy kai yay!!!

Somebody get me an estrogen patch and a DVD of Algore's flick stat and I'll be fine.

Ok, maybe a box of those patches.

Posted by: The Phantom at June 28, 2007 10:22 PM

well kids, you will get a first hand description of what is going on around deseronto tomorrow, as I will be travelling right through it..maybe even some pix if I can get close enough...should be interesting, as long as I do not get shot

Posted by: kingstonlad at June 28, 2007 10:33 PM

"Joe wrote... Score one for the Mohawks. Chalk up chicken sh*t for CN."

See my update to above post.

CN only wrote a supportive letter... CP bent over and grabbed it's ankles.

-- OTTAWA -- Trains across the country will grind to a halt today in a show of
support for the Assembly of First Nations call for a national day of action.

In a show of solidarity, Canadian Pacific Railways has ordered all of its freight
trains to stop for one minute at 2 p.m. ET.


Posted by: neo at June 28, 2007 10:36 PM

Isn't this Canada'a appeasement culture in full bloom. Want a party in parliament dedicated to breaking up your country, treason anywhere else no problemo here. Natives stealing land, okay we'll back off and let you have it. Threaten citizens and drive out businesses, smuggle drugs, guns and cigarettes, that's fine if you are the oppressed first nations, its our fault anyway. National railways willingly shut down so the natives wont hurt us, of course, just to show respect. We have guns so don't threaten us with your white man's laws, oh, sorry didn't mean to upset you. Sharia law, I guess that's okay.

When does it stop, I want to get off.

Posted by: David Hand at June 28, 2007 11:00 PM

Kate: "...the server went into meltdown"

Global warming thing ... nice to have sda online again.

Posted by: ural at June 28, 2007 11:03 PM

He wouldn't disclose the actual sites,

Except to the media no doubt.

Posted by: Bernie at June 28, 2007 11:08 PM

First, welcome back Kate. We've missed you.

David Hand wrote: "Isn't this Canada'a appeasement culture in full bloom?"

Actually, it's just another symptom of the disease, David. Tonight on CBC Terry Mileski did a lengthy piece of the Int'l Sikh Youth Federation's (ISYF) activity in organizing two major events - one in Toronto, the other in Surrey, B.C.

Despite the fact that the ISYF is a 'banned organization' in Canada, speakers from all three national parties attended, as did Premier Gordon Campbell. The floats were all decked out in 'martyr' photographs of people involved in the Air India bombing and kids from the Khalsa school sported jackets with logos featuring crossed military semi-automatics.

Meanwhile, the Mounties in their red serge uniforms and medals paraded atop their horses.

Shouldn't they have been arresting these people?

Uujal Dosanjh to his credit (and it's really a stretch for me to give credit to Dosanjh) had the guts to stand up and take his own leader and party to task for pandering to these 'home based terrorists'. Good on him.
Despite the fact that the

Posted by: No Guff at June 28, 2007 11:36 PM

sick the lawyers on these turds.

they deserve such a shark attack.

Posted by: Fred at June 29, 2007 12:02 AM

It will be interesting to see whether the OPP do their jobs properly when faced with illegal blockades and acts of vandalism. They certainly haven't in Caledonia. As for the threats from some of the natives that they are armed and will use their weapons if the police confront them: time to send in the army and remind them that Canada has laws to protect its citizens from the likes of such thugs.

Looks likes it will be a long frustrating summer for any people trying to plan a vacation trip, or just get to work or home, with these blockades going on.

Posted by: Joe Canuck at June 29, 2007 1:13 AM

*** BREAKING ***
The 401 has just been put out of service.

This is a coup for the terrorists. They just cut
Canada's busiest transportation route and if the
OPP are working from the same old playbook...
we're gonna have to beg to get it back.


Posted by: neo at June 29, 2007 1:32 AM

Amazing how some Dads can get kids to cooperate. = TG

Posted by: TG at June 29, 2007 2:14 AM

Union for Sask health workers says job action coming after talks break down (canoe news)

"aboriginal day of action" (national newswatch)

The buzzword "action" is a code word from the rhetoric of terrorism: Islamist/Indian/unionism/anarchism, etc.

Action means: Politics through intimidation/blackmail.

Posted by: maz2 at June 29, 2007 7:50 AM

welcome back kate, i can relate to the computor jargin "They broke Stuff", not quite the words i use when mine goes down "%*&(&&^%&&#@ computors".

Our local radio is reporting that the area native bands have planned peacefull marches lasting about 10min.(Grey/Bruce,Ont)with no disruptions to holiday traffic as the one band is located on the longest beach in Ontario(sauble beach)

Posted by: bryanr at June 29, 2007 8:59 AM

When my dad was the person who administered the test for prospective cops here he told that in 13 years no one, from grade 12 to holders of Master's degrees ever correctly named the ten provinces and their capitals.

Soooooooo, this should not have come as much of a surprise.

Only 96% knew that the national anthem is O'Canada?

Posted by: Jim at June 29, 2007 9:40 AM

Welcome back, Kate, and thanks.

Regarding the highway closeage: according to this CBC report, highway 401 has re-opened.

It turns out that the police had shut down a stretch of the highway before the protest on it had gotten underway. Traffic was diverted to other highways.

Posted by: Daniel M. Ryan at June 29, 2007 1:14 PM

I must confess that I cannot name all the premiers (I've been out of the country for five years), but the ten provinces, really! Just what are they teaching in school these days? And just who were these Canadians polled and where were they from? Those questions might shed some light on this embarassment.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at June 29, 2007 1:16 PM

To clarify, most got the ten provinces correct, but capitals were another story. BC, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and NB were the problems there. Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, Saint John and Moncton were the most popular incorrect anwsers.

After the second giving the test he just dropped the Yukon and the NWT. They got left blank mostly.

Posted by: Jim at June 29, 2007 4:36 PM

Bureaucracy indulges 'whoremaster man' as a victim

One of the ways in which man differs from the animals is that man makes excuses for himself.

Indeed, he has an almost infinite capacity and inventiveness in this regard: even the least imaginative among us is a genius when it comes to this topic. Can there be a reader who is completely unlike me: that is to say, who has not done wrong and immediately found a hundred reasons why he is not really and truly to blame?

The disposition to excuse ourselves is an old one, remarked upon by Shakespeare, among others. Edmund in King Lear says that "we make guilty of our own disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in by a divine thrusting on . . ." advertisement

Yes, indeed, that is how we are. My patients are always saying things like "The beer went mad" to explain their habitual drunkenness, as if beer drank them rather than the other way about. Inanimate objects take on a life of their own, as if they had free will, or at least agency, not the men who created or used them.

Nine out of ten people who stab someone to death say "The knife went in," rather than "I stabbed him." One man who had shot someone in a pub brawl said to me, in the course of his narration: "A gun arrived and it went off." Guns are strange creatures, unpredictable in their conduct.

It is not only objects that have independent volitions, but human interactions, which are no respecters of the people involved in them. Thus fights break out, as if they existed antecedently to anyone's decision to hit someone else; relationships, by contrast, break down. "It" didn't work out; or "it" wasn't working. "It" turns out to be shorthand for every possible kind of infidelity, violence, cruelty, abuse, neglect and so forth.

Substances, too, have a will of their own. About a half of heroin addicts, when asked why they started, say, "It's everywhere," ...-

Posted by: maz2 at June 29, 2007 4:47 PM

The latte socialist elites puff and huff with their phony medals.

AdScam Chretien, aka the Choker, the man with no chest, gets his.

The bs never stops.
OTTAWA (CP) - Former prime minister Jean Chretien, golfer Mike Weir and broadcaster Pamela Wallin are among 74 new appointees to the Order of Canada, announced Friday by Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean.
(canoe news)

Posted by: maz2 at June 29, 2007 5:04 PM

Canadian bloggers still having trouble getting credit for their contribution

I keep reminding myself that the most important thing is the Canadians are now learning that they might have dangerously defective tires on their minivans and SUVs. That's what matters. But as an aside, I have to say I feel a bit cheated that the work I did to reveal that this might be the case has not been credited. [...]

I broke the story that Rakla Tires of Mississauga was selling tires that are about to be recalled in the United States for fear that a major defect could result in terrible accidents. I'm particularly pleased about how I made the circumstantial case that the Westlake tires being sold to Canadians came from the Hangzhou Zhonce Rubber Company factory by breaking out the frame-based Rakla website and spotting "Hangzhou" and "Westlake" in the otherwise hidden URL.

It wasn't rocket science, but a casual web user would never have spotted it, or even known how to spot it.

So then I read this on the CTV report on the Westlake-branded Hangzhou tire story:

One of the worst disasters a driver can face is when a tire sheds its tread. But CTV News has found imported tires from China prone to that kind of failure for sale in Canada, despite a recall in the United States.

Well, actually, I found that those tires, of that brand, from that manufacturer, were on sale at Rakla. I'm pretty sure CTV didn't find it because they contacted me via Facebook a mere hour after I posted: ...-

I shouldn't be this thin-skinned, but then all bloggers are cheated when this happens, so it's not just about me.

Posted by: maz2 at June 29, 2007 5:24 PM

Taliban Jack Layton-NDP endorses "campylobacter".

18 cases of illness linked to mountain bike event (CP via G-M)

Vancouver -- A healthy sport turned into a breeding ground for disease in Squamish this month.

The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority says 18 participants or spectators at the Test of Metal mountain bike race June 16 have confirmed cases of campylobacter, which causes diarrhea.

"All of the people who've been sick were either riders or spectators; no one from the community or surrounding area has reported symptoms," medical health officer Dr. Paul Martiquet said in a news release yesterday.

NASCAR ad is given the gears
"Why weren't they supporting one of the bicycle racing competitions going on around the country?" asked NDP Leader Jack Layton....-

Posted by: maz2 at June 29, 2007 6:14 PM

The Red Star is a liar.

Show us the text of the document called the "2005 Kelowna Accord".

There is no text; there is no document called the "2005 Kelowna Accord".

It's the Big Lie technique; the "2005 Kelowna Accord" is a fiction; a Big Lie.

Real aim was to restore 2005 Kelowna Accord

Posted by: maz2 at June 30, 2007 7:11 AM