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November, 2013

November 30, 2013
5:36 pm

Gronlid Weddings

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!!!

November 29, 2013
5:43 pm

Truth (a dignity of man)

Harold Pinter

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.

November 29, 2013
5:09 pm

Too good not to share

November 29, 2013
4:22 pm

Welcome to the Weekend, Kiddies

... with a nod to the folks south of the medicine line. It's their Thanksgiving weekend, right?

November 28, 2013
8:52 pm

Puppies and kittens vs. mirrors

Thanks, Sandy!

November 28, 2013
8:10 pm


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.

November 28, 2013
7:13 pm
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 this.

And this.

And then let's talk about hate, freedom, barbarians, cluster bombs, and hypocrisy.

And politics.

I would really like that.

I really would.

November 28, 2013
6:23 pm

Celebrity, Canadian Style

Thanks, Gary!

November 28, 2013
9:44 am

Rick's Rant

November 26, 2013
4:14 pm

looks like a predictable pat-down

This seems a likely terrorist

via Goodshit. With a tip o' the hat to Lord Vanscoy.

(Yeah, thanks anyway, but I already know I'm going to hell!)

November 24, 2013
10:27 pm

Dear Saskatchewan Roughriders

You have just made an old man very happy.


November 26, 2013 - ETA this, too:

November 24, 2013
11:14 am


November 23, 2013
5:06 pm

Gronlid Connections

Michelle: Steinbach family bleeds green

Tracy: Grey Cup Being Celebrated on HMCS Regina

(C'mon. For a hamlet of 67 souls, you have to admit this is a pretty impressive representation!)

November 23, 2013
9:35 am

Yeah, thanks anyway, but I already know that I'm going to hell!

November 22, 2013
3:51 pm

Welcome To The Rider Weekend, Kiddies!!!

November 22, 2013
9:06 am

Yes, Prime Minister ...

"That's not a lie; it's a terminological inexactitude. Also, a tactical misrepresentation."

- General Alexander Haig

November 21, 2013
6:25 pm

Let's Go Riders

Thanks, Trud!!!

November 21, 2013
6:08 pm

Girls Who Read

November 20, 2013
4:31 pm

November 19, 2013
7:54 pm

Omar Khadr

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.

November 19, 2013
6:51 pm

Brain Magic

Bored? Nothing on TV but reality shows? Try this:

November 18, 2013
7:34 pm


November 18, 2013
5:36 pm

The Camel's Nose

November 18, 2013
7:57 am

Saying So Doesn't Make It So

Nice try, Mr. Minister.

More HERE.

h/t Press Progress

November 17, 2013
8:13 am

Western Final



November 16, 2013
11:03 am

How Do We Kill Them?

November 15, 2013
6:06 pm

Welcome to the Weekend, Kiddies

November 14, 2013
5:04 pm

Cash holes

November 13, 2013
3:24 pm


The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

November 13, 2013
10:09 am

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?


November 13, 2013
8:17 am

November 12, 2013
7:36 pm

Niagara Falls

November 12, 2013
4:40 pm

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.

h/t pogge.

November 12, 2013
3:55 pm

Begging The Question

Where did you grow up, Mike?

November 11, 2013
7:58 am

Lest We Forget

More here: Veterans Plan Silent Protests of Government Policies - h/t pogge.

11:54 am

November 10, 2013
9:16 am

Playoff Football


  • 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



November 9, 2013
5:15 pm

Unscheduled Musical Interlude

November 8, 2013
7:39 pm

Welcome To The Weekend, Kiddies

November 8, 2013
3:18 pm

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").

November 8, 2013
1:42 pm

Why Old Men Don't Get Hired

Job interview:

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."

November 7, 2013
5:38 pm

Number Seven

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?

No vember 7, 2013
5:09 pm

Top Gun

November 7, 2013
3:33 pm


h/t Ted - thanks for the goodshit!

November 7, 2013
11:09 am

Veterans' Pensions

ETA this: Where is Canada's outrage?

November 6, 2013
5:04 pm

Dog Photobomb of the Day

November 6, 2013
8:05 am

The Wheels On The Bus

h/t Press Progress

November 4, 2013
8:01 am

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

November 4, 2013
7:52 am

Canadian Archaeology

November 3, 2013
11:41 am

Greed is Good?

h/t Let Freedom Rain II

November 2, 2013
8:43 am

Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls

November 1, 2013
2:26 pm

Welcome to the weekend, kiddies

Lou Reed 1942 - 2013, R.I.P.

November 1, 2013
7:48 am

November 1, 2013
7:39 am

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.

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