Where's my 25% pay raise? 
The provincial government has voted themselves a 25% pay raise, the theiving bastards.

They're doing a piss poor job of running the province, stealing money from us left and right, most recently through the power company and Children's Aid Society, and now they're just handing themselves more money for no reason.

If they honestly felt that the job deserved such higher pay, they should have passed the bill and had it take effect following the next election. At least then they could be voted out before they benefit from it.

As it is, they just dipped their collective hands into the pockets of this province's taxpayers and stole themselves a nice Christmas gift.


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Christmas Cheer? 
I haven't had much to say around here lately. I wonder if maybe I'm just experiencing a bit of good will for the holidays?

I'm really looking forward to having Christmas dinner at my sister's place on Saturday. As usual, it's going to be a whole lot of driving but we really don't get to see each other all that often so it's worth the effort when we do.

Happy holidays, everyone! Hopefully your shopping is done by now so you don't have to deal with the hordes of rabid shoppers infesting the malls these days!

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It's not the Internet's fault. 
This morning on the Dean Blundell show, they were reading some emails from listeners. Of course, they were pretty much exactly what you expect from emails written by the general populace these days, rife with spelling and grammatical errors so thick you could barely make out whatever it is they were trying to get across.

Something occurred to me though.

I've read in the press about how email, instant messaging, and the Internet in general are ruining our children and killing any chance at literacy they may otherwise have had.

I have my own theory though.

I think that in the past, people were still idiots but simply had no venue to out themselves in. 15 years ago, when would the average barely literate person have had the opportunity to write down their thoughts for anyone else to read?

Back then, they just spewed it out of their mouths and most people couldn't be bothered to listen. Once it ended, it was over and nobody else needed to know that it had just happened.

The present is an entirely different story. Now they all participate in online forums and write emails. They're no dumber or less literate than they were 15 years ago. The difference is that now they're given a global slate to declare to the world how stupid they are.

We shouldn't blame the Internet. We should simply feel sorry for them that we've created a virtual hockey helmet that they put on and wear around the virtual malls so they don't hurt themselves. Previously, they'd have gone unnoticed with only their mom knowing they were somewhat "special". Now the whole world knows. Poor bastards.

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I am justified in my anger. 
Where the hell do you get an $8000 leather jacket???

Our Tax Dollars at Work

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Liberals Are Still Stealing Our Money 
I was going to title this "Liberals Are Stealing Our Money Again" but I suspect they've never really stopped since they were outed the last time.

It's just a different bunch of them at this particular time.

This time it's the Ontario Liberal Party stealing from our coffers.

The report focuses on children's aid societies in Toronto, Peel, York and Thunder Bay, which together account for about one-quarter of total spending. The instances of questionable spending on international travel include $1,700 for an all-inclusive trip to a resort in St. Martin and $4,000 for a one-week trip to St. Lucia for a caseworker to accompany a child returning to his biological family. As well, the report says, a senior staff member attended a Beijing conference unrelated to his duties or society business.

Senior staff at one unnamed society had a fleet of 50 cars, including two SUVs worth $53,000 and $59,000. Society staff logged fewer than 10,000 kilometres a year on half of the cars, suggesting such a large fleet was unnecessary, the report says. One staff member who used a society-owned car also received an allowance of $600 a month for his personal car.

One of the societies -- also unnamed -- could not produce detailed receipts for most meals and entertainment expenses. Numerous expenditures of hundreds of dollars at a time were made at high-end restaurants, the report alleges. "We understand that many of these meals were for society staff only and significantly exceeded the established meal allowance," it adds.

And what's their response to all this?

Marcelo Gomez-Wiuckstern, a spokesman for the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, said he regrets that he cannot respond to the allegations until next Tuesday.

"Child welfare workers conduct more than 82,000 investigations every year, with urgent cases always receiving the highest priority, and they improve the lives of tens of thousands of children every year," he said.

Basically, they're saying that because they're doing some of what their job is supposed to be... apparently that justifies pissing away our money on vacations and elaborate dinners. I'll bet if they ask some of the kids what that money would best be spent on, they might get a different opinion.

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