Hot. +22C after supper. Redwing blackbirds. Crocuses are up. It's not even that muddy. With any luck we'll get back to wet, cold and dreary soon. Normal would be nice. What's normal? Not Ottawa. Who questions that a revival of Grit fortunes is the real risk to Harper? Odd that we have gotten so far down the road that we forget things like that. Its it a wish for the return of Cold War certainty? Or is this all a blip? The fact that "popularity" just seems to wrong might suggest so.
♦ Jeese - I hope it makes it to DVD at least.
♦ It's NCPR pledge drive week starting Monday. I'll be over next Friday to deliver some prizes as a thinks this time for adding out town to one transmitter's call letter location.
♦ Christ apparently hates objective rational sports management decision making. Ain'tcha missing that promised evangelical theocratic political system now?
♦ Sweet. Dissension between the military and the government.
♦ Maybe just unplug the machine and stick it in the basement like everyone else does?
Friday. Not sure I am still riding the benefits of a stretch of holiday in Montreal. How long do the mellowing effects of venison burgers and walks down old city lanes last?
March Break this week. Spring the next. Warm weather straight through as far as I can tell from here on out. Seeds have arrived from Stokes and checking to see if I can get 25 wine grape vines. Plonk de backyard. Why have a backyard urban chicken coop if you can grow grapes? Or onions for that matter. Price of onions drives me nuts. I must have mentioned that before. Five bucks for ten onions in a hurry. 25 bucks for 2500 onions in four months. This year I take control of my own onions once again... err... that didn't come out right...
♦ Are the last of the GenXers hitting 40 now? I've been hitting 40 for almost 9 years now. Might need to change that header up there.
♦ You would think there would be a faster way to deal with this and an easier way to prevent it.
♦ Freaky. Belleville just a bit closer than outer space.
♦ I am not going to say I have seen a Maher related misunderstanding before but I am not saying I haven't either.
♦ Following the money. Excellent plan. Because there will have been money to follow.
There/ Sunday night for the Friday morning deadline. Great thing this self-publishing...
While it is not politically correct to suggest this sort of thing, it has been a bad week for conservatism. Politically correct? Any movement that is a constipated and constrained as conservatives are at the moment can suffer from it. Steve is facing the reality that some may have taken up his slash and burn approach to politics and committed election crime in his name. Rick Santorum proves he can't read when he says a speech against effective theocracy makes him barf. Toronto's Tory Mayor wants new taxes or other wacky plans to make his pipe dream happen. But best of all, leading GOP candidate Mitt says he won't light his hair on fire to kiss up to the base.
Did no one tell him that the whole strategy of the movement is to light one's hair on fire to kiss up to the base?
♦ The opportunity to watch Charlie Rose on the CBS Morning News over coffee at the start of the day is an amazing treat. He just disassembled a pundit who oddly rejected the notion of "the women's vote" in 17 seconds to get her to acknowledge his question's validity.
♦ It begins.
♦ Sad to see the Tim Horton's franchisees suit for better treats was lost. I need to create a Treats Law Action Foundation.
♦ Finally it is clearly stated: "The prime minister and his colleagues have remarkable ability to turn themselves into victims,"
♦ In five years, there will be a five dollar computer.
Well, enjoy your Friday. March break is coming. Spring is coming. Seeds must be ordered soon.
End of the week. End of the month. Nearing the end of the winter that wasn't. I hear we are in for a bit of a zap this weekend but it's all millionaire's snow from here on out. That is what they called a later winter storm in PEI. Sure, it usually comes in April but winter usually... you know... shows up. A busy week, however, even if not with the weather. I am not sure how much I actually like hard work that comes with results.I will have to get back to you on that one.
♦ Remember when Vic Toews was the news? Now it's all about the Tory call centre. If I were any of these politicians, I would be staying away from anything that smacks in any way of Radio Shack for the foreseeable future.
♦ For some reason I recalled being crammed in here for dinner in 1986.
♦ We stumbled upon this place last weekend, only 35 minutes from town. Eerie shuttered down for the winter season.
♦ "...the Montreal Star described Montreal as “the most drunken city on the continent,” with a liquor licence for every 150 residents..."
♦ Maybe my best beer blog comment ever.
There. Early start today. Off I do. Hi. Ho.
Canadian Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews has found himself caught in a 1998 style flame war that would be the pride of usenet. As the Federation devolves, this is the sort of thing that entertains. Most fun is not the fact that it appears his nemesis is related to an opposition party but the surprise experienced by so many Canadians this evening that someone in the opposition has the gumption - I said it, gumption - to, you know, oppose:
An IP address connected to what is known as the Vikileaks30 Twitter account — which has been burning up the Twittersphere with claims about Public Safety Minister Vic Toews' personal life — originates within the House of Commons. In a bid to determine the origin of the account, which posted a string of tweets online offering alleged details relating to Toews's divorce proceedings, the Ottawa Citizen undertook an investigation on Thursday. An email was sent to the writer of the Vikileaks30 Twitter account, containing a link to a website. The website was monitored by the Citizen and only the author of Vikileaks30 had the address of the website. About 15 minutes after sending the email, Vikileaks30 opened the link and visited the page, leaving behind an IP address that belongs to the House of Commons.
Sadly, the needy CBC hipster class of Canadian sees all and learns nothing, considering it "...lovable inclusiveness...a very Canadian kind of protest." Mr. Taylor is really only upset that his gang did not think of it first.
So usually writing about how winter sucks is dull. But this sucky winter is just weird. A bit above freezing today. A bit above freezing Monday with a bit of a bite of cold air over Saturday and Sunday. It'll be March so soon there won't be a chance for a dump of snow. And me with new snowshoe bindings. This was going to be the year I snowshoe-ed. I was going to hit the big leagues of snowshoeing. I was going to go on and on and get quite insufferable about it. Now, it's almost baseball season. Tomorrow is truck day. The seed catalogs are in. I know where I am getting my cardoon seeds from for heaven's sake. What a sucky loser winter.
♦ When George F. Will is opening himself up to be accused of being a RINO, well, you know there is something wrong with the conservative movement in America.
♦ I want.
♦ It will be fun watching Harper explain how the long term needs of the old aged pension require cut backs when it is not the long term needs that need to be taken into account. Anyone else notice the man has a habit of making no sense?
♦ Dad's are the original hipsters.
♦ Probably the weirdest economic policy of a sovereign nation ever.
There. Another week goes by. Another week older and deeper in debt. St. Peter won'tcha help me...
Friday was a bit of a write off. I couldn't get bullety. I was over in northern NY to see Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner at a charity dinner. A fun night of watching and talking ball and watching and talking about NNY. Then Saturday came and went. I was busy with errands, baking bread... and then not busy laying around. I watched 7 episodes of Doctor who from the early 70s and late 80s. I am not sure what this sort of weekend leads to. The Super Bowl of course. And seed catalogs. February is the New Brunswick of months, a stretch to get through.
♦ I think I find it more odd that most ancient writings passed down to us are not more like this.
♦ Hockey boycott? I never heard of a hockey boycott over the game being too rough.
♦ I remember the Spicer Commission because I was there.
♦ While I am not one of those who believes there is an anti-booze conspiracy, it does seem like this sort of article depends much on magical thinking, great pains being taking to make a rational point where benefit is harmoniously maximized.
♦ Big talk comes easy with low levels of responsibility. Like Ottawa leads the attack on the Iranian tyrant. But it would be kinda weird if we did.
There you go. Another week and another February. Think I will go for a walk. Feels like March out there.
Will February be as soft as January? I make these observations thinking one day I will maybe go back and check how bad each winter has been year after year. But I don't. These things just languish. Like so many dreams. Contemplating leaving other things aside first, however. The cable TV and direct line telephone are under the budget department's eye. When we had the power outage the other day the land line failed us due to the electrified base the wireless phone depends upon. Why not just have another iPhone for about the same price? At least cable TV brings me 7 months of baseball.
♦ Quite right. Use of a martini glass does not make for a martini. Your government store in action.
♦ "As usual, the Flea is right: "I don't expect I will be back to H+M any time soon. If you work in a "creative industry", or hold any sort of intellectual property in any medium, I suggest you don't either."
♦ Neato. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) shaking hands during his lifetime with both John Quincy Adams, born 1767, and John F Kennedy who died 1963.
♦ As we have fun watching the GOP Super PACs lead to the GOP eating itself, consider, too, the guilt of the Tea Partiers whose great-granddad didn't fill out the right paper work.
♦ Now I know why my Mother was enthroned as the Brisbane Queen in 1949.
So, there you go. I have to make this something more than an eight day commitment. But there is beer blogging to do, you know. Lots of beer blogging.