The thing you have to know about Gronlid is that the area was settled primarily by Scandinavians and Ukranians.
Lutherans, and Greek Orthodox Catholics.
The Lutherans spend their lives in search of God.
And sometimes they almost find Him.
The Catholics have God all over them, and they spend their time just trying to fend Him off a little.
But - be it Ukranian, Scandinavian, or Scottish, there ain't NOTHING like a Gronlid wedding!
A BIG tip o' the hat to the Gronlid Willing Workers - the BEST non-denominational caterers EVER!!!
Truth (a dignity of man)
Note the date. The above link is eight years old. But the situation remains.
Correction: it has worsened.
Clarification: the situation has worsened.
The truth remains.
Too good not to share
Welcome to the Weekend, Kiddies
... with a nod to the folks south of the medicine line. It's their Thanksgiving weekend, right?
Puppies and kittens vs. mirrors
Military suicides are "troubling".
Rob Ford allegations are "troubling".
Omar Khadr's appeal is "troubling".
Not bad. Not evil. Not hateful. Not reprehensible.
Just ... troubling.
Me and the barbarians
"There are only two kinds of people in the world: me, and the barbarians.
And the only way for you to become less barbarian is to become more like me."
(Thank you, Professor Tribe!)
"They Hate Us For Our Freedom"
No they don't. They hate us because we murder their children, or abet those who do.
Let's talk about cluster bombs.
But before we do, have a look at this.
And then let's talk about hate, freedom, barbarians, cluster bombs, and hypocrisy.
I would really like that.
I really would.
Celebrity, Canadian Style
looks like a predictable pat-down
via Goodshit. With a tip o' the hat to Lord Vanscoy.
(Yeah, thanks anyway, but I already know I'm going to hell!)
Dear Saskatchewan Roughriders
You have just made an old man very happy.
November 26, 2013 - ETA this, too:
(C'mon. For a hamlet of 67 souls, you have to admit this is a pretty impressive representation!)
Yeah, thanks anyway, but I already know that I'm going to hell!
Welcome To The Rider Weekend, Kiddies!!!
Yes, Prime Minister ...
"That's not a lie; it's a terminological inexactitude. Also, a tactical misrepresentation."
- General Alexander Haig
Let's Go Riders
Girls Who Read
This issue is not going away. Like the ancient mariner, Canada wears Omar Khadr around her neck. NONE of our politicians (spit) is clean on this, with the exception of Senator (Lieutenant-General) Romeo Dallaire.
Omar Khadr remains as Canada's greatest shame since our refusal to accept Jewish refugees from Hitler's Germany.
We remain forever in the shadow of the cave, it seems.
Read The War Prayer (extra credit!) and then tell me it is not so.
Bored? Nothing on TV but reality shows? Try this:
The Camel's Nose
Saying So Doesn't Make It So
Nice try, Mr. Minister.
h/t Press Progress
How Do We Kill Them?
Welcome to the Weekend, Kiddies
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.
In Their Own Words
This is Rememberance Week. Here's more on Harper's treatment of veterans - in their own words.
My dad and all his brothers - Uncle Jack, Uncle Mike, and Uncle Joe - all served in WWII.
All survived the war. All are gone now.
I miss them. I sometimes dream about them. But I am glad they did not have to endure the disrespect. They fought for our country. They fought the enemy.
Now the enemy is our own government.
November 28, 2013: ETA THIS:
Trio of suicides by Canadian soldiers leaves military, minister reeling
Injured Canadian troops booted from military before qualifying for pension
Seriously, just how screwed up ARE we as a country? As citizens?
BREAKING: Nigel Wright cut Jim Flaherty $4.3 billion cheque to eliminate deficit. #cdnpoli— Coco Cabrera (@coco_urnews) November 13, 2013
plus ça change
"Create situations of crisis in the streets that will facilitate US intervention, as well as NATO forces, with the support of the Colombian government. Whenever possible, the violence should result in deaths or injuries".
"contacting active military groups and those in retirement to amplify the campaign to discredit the government inside the Armed Forces...It's vital to prepare military forces so that during a scenario of crisis and social conflict, they lead an insurrection against the government, or at least support a foreign intervention or civil uprising"
Hope and change my ass.
The rest HERE.
Begging The Question
Where did you grow up, Mike?
Lest We Forget
More here: Veterans Plan Silent Protests of Government Policies - h/t pogge.
- Darian Durant is the first Rider QB to lead the CFL in touchdown passes (32) since Kent Austin (35) in 1992
- When the Riders score 30 or more points this year, they are 9-0
- The 2nd quarter was the Riders best in 2013 as they outscored their opposition by 118 points
- This will be the 10th playoff meeting between the two since 1950 with Saskatchewan having won the last one in 2010 in double overtime by a score of 41-38
Unscheduled Musical Interlude
Welcome To The Weekend, Kiddies
Q & ... um ... Eh?
Thomas Mulcair: "When the Prime Minister named Pamela Wallin to the Senate, he knew she lived in Toronto not Saskatchewan. Why did he name her? He knew Mike Duffy lived in Ottawa not in P.E.I. Why did he name him? The Prime Minister knew his close friend, Carolyn Stewart-Olsen, lived in Ottawa not New Brunswick; she worked beside him. Why did he name her?"
Stephen Harper: "It is obviously a great honour for anyone elected to this chamber to be appointed to the other chamber. Regardless of their background, all of these people have given many years of public service. The fact of the matter is we expect people to respect the rules. We expect people to not make expense claims that are false or that are contrary to the rules or that entirely disregard whether rules even exist. Those Senators who have done that, the two out of the three senators the NDP leader has named, have been sanctioned. That was appropriate and I hope it sends a good message."
Much more HERE.
(P.S. Bonus points have been added to the above link due to the correct usage of the word "momentarily").
Why Old Men Don't Get Hired
Human Resources Manager: "What is your greatest weakness?"
Old man: "Honesty."
Human Resources Manager: "I don't think honesty is a weakness."
Old Man: "I don't really give a shit what you think."
Do I have to say it? On Sunday, at 3:30 pm Saskatchewan (i.e. REAL) time, I will be pitched up in front of the TV in Gronlid, Canada, wearing the jersey of Number 7, Weston Dressler, watching Shaw satellite channel 400 TSN as the Saskatchewan Roughriders take on the BC Lions in the Western Semi-final.
Guess which team I will be cheering for?
h/t Ted - thanks for the goodshit!
ETA this: Where is Canada's outrage?
Dog Photobomb of the Day
The Wheels On The Bus
h/t Press Progress
Top 10 howlers in Stephen Harper's convention keynote
Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered some head-scratchers in his speech to the party faithful on Friday night at the Conservative Party convention. Here are 10 of them, starting at the beginning of his speech and working down from there.
1. "In this party, we say what we will do, and then we do what we said."
Is it unfair to go all the way back to March 2004, when Harper said, "I will not name appointed people to the Senate"? For more recent history, how about not uttering a word about cutting public pensions during the 2011 election, then doing just that in the 2012 federal budget?
2. "Cutting the GST from 7, to 6, to 5%!"
For a person who likes to tout his economic credentials, surely Harper's read what key experts have had to say about this policy. A reduction in the GST is "among the worst possible tax cuts to boost productivity. Worse still, even a one percentage point reduction in the GST, at a fiscal cost of a whopping $5.2 billion per year, gives up a lot of government revenue.''
3. "We took money out of the hands of the lobbyists, academics and bureaucrats, and we gave it to the real child-care experts. Their names are Mom and Dad."
Harper is talking about the government's $100 monthly payment to parents for each child under the age of six. If you know anything about the cost of child care (and you don't live in Quebec, where the provincial government stepped up to create a $7-a-day child-care program), you know $100 only pays for a few days of care every month, if you can find a spot. Mom and Dad also know the difference between a baby bonus cheque and a child-care program.
4. "Let's never forget, that only this party takes to heart the debt owed to our brave men and women in uniform."
Tell that to the wounded Canadian soldiers who claim they're being discharged from the military before they're eligible to collect a pension. Or, better yet, read the latest report of Canada's veterans ombudsman. It says the New Veterans Charter has "urgent shortcomings" that must be fixed.
5. "That it was this party that took action to clean up the mess the Liberals left behind."
Can't quibble about the sponsorship mess, but it takes nerve to talk about clean government in the middle of a Senate ethics scandal involving allegations of extortion by the Prime Minister's Office.
6. "This is the only party that has tried to reform the Senate. We were blocked by the other parties in the minority parliaments, and now we are being blocked in the courts."
Blaming the courts is a familiar refrain for Harper, but this one doesn't cut it. After being in power for seven (!) years, the Conservative government finally referred six reference questions to the Supreme Court earlier this year on how to reform the upper chamber.
7. "[Conservative senators] have begun by demanding greater transparency in senate expenses, and what that has shown is that there are a few senators who have collected inappropriate expense reimbursements to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars."
No mention that these "few" senators at the centre of this ethics scandal were appointed by Harper himself. And he tapped two of them - Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin - because of their star power and ability to raise money for the Conservative Party while collecting a pay cheque from the public purse.
8. "And let me be very clear here tonight, as Conservatives we believe that actions have consequences."
Harper, staying with the Senate theme here, apparently doesn't believe there should be consequences for the person who appointed the senators now under investigation for disputed housing and residency claims and other alleged abuses. The cases of Duffy and Wallin are especially interesting, given Harper's appointees from Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan both lived in Ontario.
9. "Our government's vision is about securing real prosperity, for real people."
Tell that to those struggling to get ahead. Inequality has been worsening in Canada where the top 1% of tax-filers now receives 14% of all income, up sharply from 8% in the early 1980s.
10. "Canadian families work hard to balance their books. So do we."
The Harper government has clocked deficits every single year since coming to power. They've ranged in size from $5.8 billion to $55.6 billion a year.
h/t Press Progress
Greed is Good?
h/t Let Freedom Rain II
Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls
Welcome to the weekend, kiddies
Lou Reed 1942 - 2013, R.I.P.
Polling suggests Canadians don't give a shit about anything except reality TV and the price of gas.— Coco Cabrera (@coco_urnews) October 31, 2013
10 Figures of Speech
As illustrated by Monty Python's Flying Circus
10 Figures of Speech from Max Tohline on Vimeo.
Paradiastole, Epanorthosis, Syncatabasis, Grandiloquence, Pleonasm, Synonymia, Auxesis & Meiosis, Paralipsis, Paraprosdokian, and Apheresis/Apocope/Syncope.