Nadal to Face Federer in Austrailian Open Final!!!!! 
I like both these guys, so I'm not posting this to knock either but come on! Can't anyone else play tennis anymore???


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Jack Layton has Sand in his Vagina 
Everything I'm reading about Jack Layton these days says that he will vote against the Conservative budget no matter what's in it.

Does he have the slightest interest in what's good for the country, or is he just out to try and grab a little bit of the power pie no matter what the cost?

It seems to me that if the Conservative government listens to the opinions of the opposition and comes up with a budget they can all agree on, then that would probably be the best they're capable of doing for the country and everyone should vote for it.

Isn't that how this ridiculous system is supposed to work?

If you have parties who have no hope of gaining power, but are going to vote against the government on anything and everything no matter what it is, how is anything ever supposed to get done?

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Merry Christmas! 
Merry Christmas, World!!

Mine was everything I could have hoped for. I hope yours was the same!



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Say it like it is! 
I haven't posted for a little while here but it hasn't been for any lack of opinions on what's going on. I just haven't really been able to formulate words for all the ridiculousness going on in the world around us.

First there was the fiasco in parliament, with the Liberal party forming a coalition to boot out the Conservatives who had only been in office for a few weeks. Their leader was someone that nobody liked and who had already announced his pending departure due to record unpopularity.

Now they've replaced him with someone they've appointed and who has stood up to no real scrutiny whatsoever. But that's beside the point. They're like a bunch of squabbling children up there in Ottawa and there's really nothing I need to add to the commentary in the news.

Then there's the city of Toronto. Our money-grubbing mayor just introduce a new plastic bag tax that we have to pay at the grocery store if we want to carry our stuff out in plastic bags. All the discount places already charge 5 cents a bag. This new tax just forces everyone else to charge the same. The premise behind this was to divert all those bags from going to landfills and have us use reusable bags instead.

This sounds all well and good except for the fact that just days after implementing this, they announced that we can now recycle those exact plastic bags! We can bundle them up and put them in the stupid giant recyle bins the mayor spent a fortune on, and they'll be kept out of the landfills. So then... more tax... no benefit. Seems about par for the course for this mayor.

Now today, while reading about the failure of the auto industry bailout, I found this quote too good not to repeat.

From this article: http://biz.yahoo.com/zacks/081212/16364.html?.v=1

"If a union can only deliver the same pay as a non-union shop, why pay the union dues?"

This pretty much sums up the value of the unions to me. All those workers for companies like Honda and Toyota who are being treated fairly and will probably still be employed once all the dust settles are probably asking the exact same question.

I believe the implication is that the union's purpose is to bend the company over backward and get the employees more than their fair share at every opportunity. Otherwise, how do they justify their dues? If all is well and everyone is treated fairly, can't they just say it's because of them and leave well enough alone? Why do they always need more?

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A New Leafs Era? 
All the news about the Leafs these days surrounds the imminent announcement of Brian Burke as the new president and GM for the team.

Now we've seen GM's come and go over the years, but this one in particular has my interest, and not because of who it is.

I'm more excited at what appears on the surface to finally be an attempt to make the management of the team credible and install some confidence in fans that they might actually care a little about winning rather than just raking in cash.

Rumour has it that Mr. Burke's contract is pretty explicit about him being able to do pretty much whatever he wants without approval from the Leafs brass. With a 6 year contract, that should give him plenty of time to prove his muster without having to care about immediate results or playoff ticket sales or anything else.

With the league's salary cap, upper management don't have to worry about him breaking the bank and just trying to buy his way into a decent team, so it seems they can leave him free to do anything he wants and just hope for the best.

If he's half as good as the media is portraying him to be, this could give some very good results in 4 or 5 years or so, and if we see him further tearing the team down over the next 2 or 3, at least we don't have to be skeptical that they're just improving their bottom line under the guise of rebuilding.

Yes, this is very good news for those of us trying to keep our false hopes alive. In this case, there may very well be actual real hope to look forward to now!

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