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Speysidephil

Can we all agree that we have heard enough of Justin Bieber.
It's time for him to shut up and get on with his next 15 minutes.

March 15, 2013 / 10:55

Cheryl

good, I'm second to post here. Who cares about Justin Beber. Listen to some good singers. bob Seger and John Mellencamp are the best. They should be the kings of rock and roll.

Well, my trainer's team won the Major League championship. they play in a major league one night a week and they won the final on Tuesday. That's something. It's not the Brier, but it's something.

March 15, 2013 / 11:03

Argie

I've seen enough of astronaut Chris Hadfield's moustache.

March 15, 2013 / 11:04

No Dope

Are the Leafs and Raps really raising ticket prices again?

They don't win chmpionships, they don't even make the playoffs anymore, but they're suddenly worth more of your hard earned dolla bills.

Insane!

March 15, 2013 / 11:05

Argie

Cheryl,

Don't you think Justin is cute - just a little bit???

March 15, 2013 / 11:06

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@No Dope

I'm going to the Raptors and Heat game on Sunday and I'm pretty excited about seeing LeBron... but these are free tickets from Dove For Men. It's been a while since I've bought tickets to see the Raps or Leafs.

The reason? I find it too expensive. I'd rather watch on TV at home than pay those prices.

March 15, 2013 / 11:14

4x4 Time

I think I am selling Trudeau short on experience. After all, he was once a lifeguard, then a white water rafting supervisor, he won a boxing match, and I think he's now been an MP for a few years. Just the kind of experience that is needed to run a country and take a leading role at the United Nations.

It amazes me how people in our country vote with their emotions, rather than common sense.

Sad thing is he will likely appeal to the younger crowd who will vote like they shop, Brand Name.

March 15, 2013 / 11:15

Derrick

Speysidephil, I can agree with you, but before one could ignore him. You could watch or listen to the news and not have to hear about his life, but now that he appears to be having a breakdown it becomes a news story.

But his situation does highlight the possibility that one can become too successful in the entertainment industry. The guy doesn't have the freedom to go to the store to buy a bag of milk for his mom if he wanted to, or just hang out with his friends at a bar or pub without it becoming a big deal.

I would love to have his money, but I'm not sure I would sacrifice the freedom that he appears to have lost.

March 15, 2013 / 11:17

Argie

4x4,

Trudeau is a brand. certainly not the brand I would buy, going by what the original brand from the 70s did to Canada. Sadly, this empty suit will win the next election and be our PM. It will only prove we're just as dumb as the Americans who elected Obama - twice!

March 15, 2013 / 11:25

Glen

Last September I found a knife in my hometown that was inscribed with "HMCS Fredericton". I assumed it belonged to someone who served on that ship. I posted a photo of the knife on my Flickr page around that time. A couple of weeks ago someone saw that photo and contacted me.
Here's the story......

http://www.flickr.com/photos/hauntedsnowfort/


Scroll down for the beginning.

March 15, 2013 / 11:30

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@Glen

That's a great story.

If anyone has a story like that and want it posted as a guest blog entry, just let me know...

March 15, 2013 / 11:33

Not Not Dean

If you both read this blog and listen to Humble & Fred this comment is for you.

How watered down is your podcast now that it's on terrestrial radio?

Read Fred Patterson's comments about Rob Ford here and compare it to what Fred Patterson says about this hot topic on the podcast. No comparison. H&F are self-censoring for radio and watering down their content to make a buck or two.

http://www.torontomike.com/2013/03/why_i_hate_the_latest_rob_ford.html

And a buck or two is all its worth I'm bettin'.

March 15, 2013 / 11:42

Icarus


The only thing more annoying than Beiber is people that call St. Patrick's Day 'St. Patty's Day'.

Any of St. Patricks Day, Paddy's Day, or Lá Fhéile Pádraig are acceptable.

Calling it Patty's Day just shows you either can't read, or don't give a damn, in the same way as meeting someone for the second time, shaking their hand and calling them by the wrong name.

March 15, 2013 / 11:42

4x4 Time

Glen - Very cool and good on you. Well done.

March 15, 2013 / 11:43

Corey

@No Dope -

Don't blame MLSE, blame the suckers who continue to pony up the dough.

March 15, 2013 / 11:54

Dave Williams

We can only hope that Trudeau does not ever become PM, lack of experience aside in any industry, the mans platform and beliefs will drag this country down ecomomically for years.

March 15, 2013 / 12:10

markosaar

Second try after the Feedly app on my phone ate my first one...

Thought I'd just take this opportunity to quickly introduce myself. Just a 30 year old jack-of-all-trades tech guy that wandered here finally by way of Humble & Fred.

I actually met Toronto Mike & Rosie at the anniversary-and-a-bit party. Mike, I was the guy that asked you about how H+F's site got hacked, and Rosie, we chatted at the back of the room while waiting for the live show to start.

I've since mostly caught up on your podcast. I like the local-flavoured blog with diverse topics, that isn't Torontoist or BlogTO.

Cheers!

March 15, 2013 / 12:44

Elba

Just wanted to give you all an update on my son's bullying issue. I spoke with the bully's father and, of course, that didn't go well. He said the old, "we let our children solve their own problems" line then proceeded to tell me that as a favour to me "I'll talk to him about it." I hung up on him.

I had a chat with the VP who brought the boys together for a talk and basically asked them "do you want to be friends?" The boys said "yes" and that was about it.

I think the poor behaviour has stopped - for now - but I suspect it's just a matter of time before the behaviour begins again. It's very cyclical.

March 15, 2013 / 13:07

Dave Williams

@Phil, I hope you learn from Elba's sons plight. Just because people have a difference of opinion, it should be alright to co-exist in a civil environment.

March 15, 2013 / 13:41

Argie

Elba,

Refer to my advice - in case it starts up again.

March 15, 2013 / 13:44

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@markosaar

I remember!

Welcome... I actually think my tagline should be "not Torontoist or BlogTO".

March 15, 2013 / 13:52

Dave Williams

Argie may be right, a bit of a physical response by your son may be the remedy to the situation.

March 15, 2013 / 13:54

Ben Vidal

@ 4X4, Argie and Dave Williams: What was Tony Clements real world experience to get him to where he is? Jason Kenney was a lobbyist? John Baird a career politician and lobbyist? Last but not least what experience did Harper have before becoming prime minister? Correct Answer is NONE. He was a lobbyist for a shadowy corporation(taken right from the Toronto Sun). He had no real like experience other than changing allegiances to parties like a kid on ADD trying to sit still. So I repeat Harper had no real world emplyoment. NONE. So Dave Williams what real world experience would you say Harper had? Being on committee's? Writing a book with Tom Flanagan, do we need to get into him? At least Trudeau had a real job.

So 4x4 what experience do you truly believe Harper had when he became prime minister vs. the experience Trudeau has?

March 15, 2013 / 13:55

Dave Williams

Some people just will not leave Rob Ford alone.

LINK

March 15, 2013 / 13:58

Argie

Ben,

Its funny you mention those guys, who for the most part have done a pretty good job and haven't embarrassed him like the many I will mention:

Oda, the Quebecois dude who was dating a Hell's Angel's chick, air head Guergis, and the slew of senators who have dined out on the taxpayers' dime (i.e. Wallin, the Indian who supposedly was a black belt in karate but was beat up by that puff Trudeau, and Mike Duffy). I'm sure I have missed a few other MPs who have effed up big.

I realize your point is about the relevance of political experience but I just wanted to take a shot at some of Harper's appointees who were mostly appointed for the wrong reasons (because they were women, visible minorities, from Quebec, etc).

March 15, 2013 / 14:14

Sam in Pickering

Rapid fire Open Miking:

1. I think it's time for change and Justin Trudeau shouldn't be discounted for lack of experience. Let's give him a chance.

2. I'm glad I found this blog. I visit daily and enjoy reading what on Mike's mind and the opinions of his readers. This is one of my favourite sites.

3. I'm looking forward to Alan Cross's new podcast. I'm surprised it's not on the Humble and Fred Network (or Toronto Mike network).

4. I'm glad the REd Wings are back in the Leafs division. I can't believe Bob Probert is dead.

5. Whether you like Rob Ford's politics or not you must see he's unhealthy. I just saw a pic of him and he looks like he's ready to drop. He'll be dead by 50 if he doesn't get in better shape.

6. Music these days is boring. Am I missing any awesome new bands? Something without a banjo perhaps?

7. TGIF

8. I enjoy Toronto Mike's podcast + have heard all 27 episodes. Always interesting and an easy listen.

March 15, 2013 / 14:25


St3ve

I love how we collectively pretty much ignore North Korea and their silly threats.

March 15, 2013 / 14:32

Argie

Anon,

Why would most Christians not want to sit beside him? I'll await your brilliant response.

March 15, 2013 / 14:35

Dave Williams

@Ben Vidal, I hope you had a nice lunch. So you are stating you support Trudeau because of what platform? Again another moot point provided by you and your limited thoughts.

March 15, 2013 / 14:35

Mississauga Phil

@ Speyside - since I don't feel like rising to Dave's bait right now (enjoying my Friday waaay to much!) I'm with you, it's time for the Beib's to go.

@ Sam - Check out Imagination Dragons. I don't think you'll be disappointed...and no banjo. I'd start with the songs "It's Time" and "Radioactive"

March 15, 2013 / 14:37

Argie

Dave,

Ben doesn't support anyone - not does he like anyone or anything. He's only here to bash all moderately conservative opinions. I think Mike hires him to keep us honest or rather so that we post till the cows come home, right Mike? Ben is the new Irvine - without the anger.

March 15, 2013 / 14:40

Mississauga Phil

@ Ben - While I agree that political experience isn't the end all to be all, I have to disagree with you on Trudeau. It has nothing to do with his lack of experience, I just strongly believe he'll do a horrible job. He's a little poser pretty boy who has the right look and family name....He spends more time doing speaking engagements than being an MP...why would you want someone like that as PM?

March 15, 2013 / 14:40

Argie

Sam,

Not a fan of Mumford & Sons?

March 15, 2013 / 14:41

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@Argie

I don't know Ben, but his comments are welcome here.

I know elvis. He's *this* close to making my banned IP list.

March 15, 2013 / 14:43

Ben Vidal

@ Dave Williams: My point was regarding lack of experience and how it shouldn't matter it shouldn't even be "Lack of experience aside". As if it's plain as day that Trudeau isn't fit for the job, but we should also look at his political platform. Give me a break.

On the other hand perhaps you are too obtuse to understand the point I was getting at. Argie clearly got it.

Also Dave good job at being an instigator. Phil hasn't said anything to you, yet you feel the need to toss out a childish comment to incite something from him. Impressive maturity level from someone that claims he works in venture capital.

March 15, 2013 / 14:45

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My thoughts on Justin Bieber...

He's a talented musician, and an Ontario-born Leafs fan at that. So I root for the guy.

I have an 8-year old daughter, so I hear some Bieber around the home. He's not terrible... kind of catchy and decent pop.

I do think his handlers should give him a break. That UK tour sounded a lot of warning bells. I don't want to see the teenager burn out.

March 15, 2013 / 14:45

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - Elvis didn't even comment yet...what did he do???

March 15, 2013 / 14:46

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@Mississauga Phil

I'm kidding... Elvis is a buddy. I love breaking his balls.

I can't ban him b/c he's going to take me to a TFC match in the supporter's section. I love that.

March 15, 2013 / 14:48

Gary

As long as Justin Trudeau surrounds himself with exellent and qualified people, does it really matter??

Jean Chretien had Paul Martin who was the real backbone of the government.

March 15, 2013 / 14:52

MrFascination

Gary - Great Point!.. That's why Harper has to muzzle his cabinet . Their all morons! And we have a fiance minister who hates Ontario.

March 15, 2013 / 14:57

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - 1 bit of grudging respect I'll give Bieber...at least he knows how to play a guitar.

March 15, 2013 / 15:03

Speysidephil

Re:Trudeau,
Just check out Wikipedia -Stephen Harper.
He has more experience in political management in the last 20 years than the drama queen will ever have in his lifetime.

Mike, appreciate the fact your 8 year old likes Bieber, but the guy is a train wreck waiting to happen, and he encourages it with his actions and Stupid Tweets.
Take the phone away from him.

March 15, 2013 / 15:04

Sheldon Cooper

Harper's business experience is limited to working in the mail room and on some computer systems at an oil company in Edmonton. How fitting.

As for political experience, Mr Harper had about the same amount as Trudeau when he became party leader. Harper has nearly zero business experience and has flip flopped on issues repeatedly over the course of history.

One would expect the average citizen might know that. But Conbots shun science & education instead preferring to put their faith in some imaginary being that supposedly overseas the whole world.

The next prime minister will have the last name Trudeau.

March 15, 2013 / 15:04

felix

I'm not sure which version of the Leafs I find more disappointing: The Leafs of today who have decent starts before falling over the cliff into the lottery or the Leafs of yesteryear who shit the bed off the get-go and then claw back to fall just short.

Maybe Loophole's return will make it all better. Please?

March 15, 2013 / 15:12

4x4 Time

@Ben Vidal - I am too lazy to look it up (and I am not a big Harper fan but rather than "changing allegiances to parties like a kid on ADD trying to sit still" as you say, I believe he was the LEADER of several parties as well as a MP for several years before becoming PM.To compare Trudeau and Harper on expierence is ridiculous.

March 15, 2013 / 15:14

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@felix

Last night hurt. We needed that 2 points but couldn't close it out.

This feels awfully familiar. I was hoping the short season would prevent what happened last season, but it looks like another dive into 9th or 10th.

I'm not sure what's worse either, this new approach to missing the playoffs or the other way we used to do it, starting awful and then going on a run to fall short. At least this way we have a chance to right the ship at the trade deadline.

March 15, 2013 / 15:15

Dave Williams

@Sheldon, the sign of a good leader is changing with the times. You may call it flip flopping, but what is good today, may not be good tomorrow.
@Ben, obtuse, well I never.
@Phil, incase you did not understand, that was a light hearted jab, I know you are getting better ;)

March 15, 2013 / 15:16

Dave Williams

@Mike, the Leafs need to hire new management yet again, and let them manage like most teams do. I wonder what it would cost to pry Ken Holland out of Detroit?

March 15, 2013 / 15:18

Ben Vidal

@ Dave Williams: You can call it changing with the times or being a spoiled brat. Depends on how you choose to look at it.

@ 4x4: Stephan harper was an MP from 1993-1997. Then did not seek re-election joined another right wing coalition not as an MP. Then became leader of reform in 2002 and of the united conservative party in 2003, becoming prime minister in 2006. So 8 years experience. Trudeau has 5 so far and by the time of the next election will have 7. Lets also point out Harper thought he was ready to lead the country the year before when the Liberals were reduced to a minority so he would have had 7 years experience. Not much difference I'd say.

@Argie: You are the furthest thing from moderately conservative. I do like you though, I think you're over the top on purpose, but I like reading your posts. The ones that aren't offensive or have an implication that you aren't a misogynist, bigoted person actually make me laugh. I appreciate the compliment on trying to keep you honest.

@MrFascination: Agreed. Everyone knows he's surrounded by clowns, that's why there is a gag order on all his lackeys.

March 15, 2013 / 16:12

Gary

If the Leafs really want to step things up and change the culture...it's time to trade Kessel and Phaneuf. I don't think Kessel will re-sign and Phaneuf...is...well, Phaneuf. The core players minus these two, is very good and I'm sure they can get some interesting talent for them.

March 15, 2013 / 16:19

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The Anaheim Ducks have acquired center David Steckel from Toronto in exchange for right wing Ryan Lasch and a seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft.

March 15, 2013 / 16:22

Speysidephil

@ben Vidal

Ben, get your math straight. Harper has at least 20 years experience compared to 5 for the drama queen.

March 15, 2013 / 16:24

Dave Williams

@Ben, why are you so anti progressive. Do you realize the world has changed since the first Trudeau embarrassed the country? You sir are so aloof in todays economy. You have really embarrassed yourself again today.

March 15, 2013 / 16:32

Blind Dave

Here are my Friday thoughts:

- I like Mumford & Sons a lot. Also had the pleasure of finding Japandroids (from someone here), and a few artists from Mike, thanks to this site. I'll take @Mississauga Phil's advice and try Imagination Dragons this weekend.

- I've been downloading "Rare 80s Albums" from the torrent sites. A lot of hit and miss, but there's some gems in there. So far I've weeded out the misses, so now it's time to re-listen and decide what to keep.

- I'm not going to dump on the Leafs, but I think reality is catching up with them. It's been a promising run, but the cracks are showing on a fair-to-middling team that occasionally excels under a good coach.

- My diet is going well. I mentioned awhile back I was doing a Toronto Mike diet. Managed to be up to 198 lb and was rather disgusted with myself. After one month of smaller portions and more exercise, I am clocking in at just over 190. Ideally I should be 175, and when (IF) the nice weather comes, then I can hit the track again. I can only run in short sprints due to a soft head, but I seem to be well on my way!

- Back to cold on the Prairies. I'm pretty thick-skinned to the cold, but we've hardly had a break since Halloween. I'm feeling boxed in and need that freedom back.

- At least the snow is giving me some exercise. This morning I shoveled outside my house, then my elderly neighbor's house (I told him he is forbidden to do it), the sidewalk, and then the driveway of my boss's house/business.

March 15, 2013 / 16:54

Corey

I challenge anyone who believes Trudeau would make a good PM to watch this video.

If, after watching this poncy twerp display theatrics not worthy of a high school play, you can still imagine him on the world stage, you are deluded. I love how the journalist on the left struggles to keep it together through the whole thing.

I just can't take anyone who refers to themselves in the third person seriously.

March 15, 2013 / 17:29

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I can't imagine what Alan Cross's email inbox looks like.

I get a few songs sent to me every day in the hopes I'll share them. I almost never do. I'll bet Alan Cross gets 20 a day.

I like the email I just got from Christopher Spina, though. It starts "I don't think there's any amount of jargon I can write to really separate myself from the incessant group of perpetually horrible music you get emailed to you, but alas."

For making me smile, here's his song:

March 15, 2013 / 17:32

Declan

Corey, that video shows Justin Trudeau being just as passionate as Stephen Harper is not.

He'll make a great Prime Minster for the great Dominon of Canada.

March 15, 2013 / 17:45

elvis

Our sleepover is off tonight Mike.

March 15, 2013 / 17:50

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@elvis

Bullshit. It's on. I'll be there at 8.

March 15, 2013 / 17:52

elvis

You'll love my new framed picture of Justin...old hair style of course. Knock three times.

March 15, 2013 / 17:53

Dave Williams

@Declan, that is not passion, that is drama at its worst. But you bought it. There is one born every minute.

March 15, 2013 / 17:53

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@elvis

I just realized most of your favourite people are named Justin.

- Bieber
- Timberlake
- Trudeau
- Guarini

March 15, 2013 / 17:55

Speysidephil

JUST FOR RECORD:


TRUDEAU'S EXPERIENCE,

1-Snowboarding coach
2-whitewater rafting instructor
3-Camp counceller
4-High School Teacher (drama)
5-Not for profit administrator
6-Public speaker
7-MP

Now everyone stop laughing!


March 15, 2013 / 18:00

andrew

@ Mike

Maybe you don't remember but the conversation after Justin Trudeau was born on XMAS day - it was "close" to 9 months after Pierre & Maggie were married.

How about - JustIn Time

March 15, 2013 / 18:04

Blind Dave

@Mike

That video was painful.

@Corey

That journalist was more entertaining than Trudeau.

March 15, 2013 / 18:14

4x4 Time

Finally getting around to listening to the Beatles re-mastered Vinyl box set...Just spun Revolver. Must say, a bit disappointed,

I expected a lot better sound quality. I mean it is very good, but I guess I bought all the hype. Anyway, all the stuff the set comes with is pretty cool.

March 15, 2013 / 18:29

Corey

@Declan - are you for real? You bought that? Even the dramatic "Merci Beaucoup!" then twirl and exit stage left? Come on dude, when the members of the press scrum can hardly stifle their laughter, it tells you something.
If you think this was genuine passion, you must think Bill Shatner was robbed of an Oscar nod for "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan".

March 15, 2013 / 18:45

Elba

Thanks for reading my son's plight and I truly hope it doesn't come down to physical blows.

Is it odd that the mother has asked me to go running with her tomorrow? I wonder if her husband ever told her about the bullying conversation. OTOH, I wonder if she wants to meet me to get more info? Thoughts, anyone?

March 15, 2013 / 19:33

Nigel Trousershrapnel

JUST FOR RECORD:


TRUDEAU'S EXPERIENCE,

1-Snowboarding coach
2-whitewater rafting instructor
3-Camp councillor
4-High School Teacher (drama)
5-Not for profit administrator
6-Public speaker
7-MP

Sounds like life experience to me. Provides a more rounded view of the world. Not a fan of Trudeau but I won't condemn him for lack of what some consider "experience". If the House of Commons had more store clerks and farmers, we'd all be better off.

March 15, 2013 / 19:53

Nigel Trousershrapnel

JUST FOR RECORD:


TRUDEAU'S EXPERIENCE,

1-Snowboarding coach
2-whitewater rafting instructor
3-Camp councillor
4-High School Teacher (drama)
5-Not for profit administrator
6-Public speaker
7-MP

Sounds like life experience to me. Provides a more rounded view of the world. Not a fan of Trudeau but I won't condemn him for lack of what some consider "experience". If the House of Commons had more store clerks and farmers, we'd all be better off.

March 15, 2013 / 19:53

Nigel Trousershrapnel

OOPS. DOUBLE TAP

March 15, 2013 / 20:02

Sammy

Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is a Lil Wayne?

March 15, 2013 / 20:57

Sammy

And what the hell is sizzurp?

March 15, 2013 / 20:59

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@Sammy

Sizzurp = codeine

March 15, 2013 / 21:38

Rick C in Oakville

@Glen, awesome story with a great outcome. Power of the internet always amazes me.
Even if Justin Trudeau wins the Liberal leadership, he is really only the face the public sees. The Liberal back room really runs the agenda.
@Elba, hopefully the mom has a little more empathy to your situation, maybe this her tact in comparison to her husbands lack of tact?
Going to P off Mike, but it looks like Ruby and Magder are trying to get the Supreme court to hear their case. Maybe if Ford had squeezed Ruby's cheeks this would be solved by now.

March 15, 2013 / 21:47

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@Sammy

And although I'm not a big Weezy fan, there was no escaping Lolli Pop and A Milli. They were massive hits.

A Milli

Lolli Pop

March 15, 2013 / 21:59

Digger03

Glen - Awesome story!

March 15, 2013 / 22:34

Corey

Oh yeah. For some reason I find that viral Jeff Gordon ”prank" video offensive. It bugs me that Pepsi seems to have so many people beating like donkeys over a clearly fake cross promotion. Score one for big business.

March 15, 2013 / 23:00

LEW

What? Canucks on Hockey Night in Canada this saturday...wow, amazing what a couple of President Trophies will get you, once every month on a national feed - what a joke. Check out the uniforms if you can stay up for it, pretty cool.
Hey Argie - what do you think of you're new Pope?

March 16, 2013 / 01:16

Annette Melvin

@Dave-Your earlier comments contradict themselves. You stated that, "just because people have a difference of opinion, it should be alright to co-exist in a civil environment." Later you stated, "a bit of pyhsical response by your son may be the remedy to the situation." These responses seem a little wishy washy to me. Sweetie, I don't exactly get what yout trying to say. Could you please elaborate in a way that makes sense. PS, I'm not @Phil, so pleae restrain from being a smart-ass, thank you ;)

March 16, 2013 / 03:43

Cheryl

My Suns lost last night. This sucks. Oh well, my Habs and Coyotes will win tonight. That will be good.

As for music, listen to some good classic rock like Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, Trooper, The Stampeders. All those are good or some modern country like Lady Antebellum, Sean Hogan, Dean Brody, Rascal Flatts, Mindy McCready although she is dead.

Well, rob Ford is not healthy. That's exactly the same thing my trainer said that Rob Ford looks like he can drop dead any minute. He said exactly the same thing. Let's get George smitherman to run again.

March 16, 2013 / 08:01

4x4 Time

Mr. Mulcair - Pass the crack pipe, please.

March 16, 2013 / 09:42

Douglas

The full width of the political spectrum is represented on this blog. Charles Adler can often accurately be accused of being full of hot air, but he nails it with Mulcair Madness.

Kudos to the Honourable Jason Kenney for condemning Mulcair for his antics in the U.S. this week.

March 16, 2013 / 10:30

Argie

Hey Lew - I happen to like the new pope, at least going by what I've read about him. He's backed up his talk with actions (i.e helping the poor, the aged and the sick).

March 16, 2013 / 12:16

Sheldon Cooper

To Mr Dave Williams. If you enjoy politicians who change with the times you must be a big fan of Mr Bob Rae. Mr Rae has changed as he has matured.

Let the record stand that Dave Williams is a fan of Bob Rae.

March 16, 2013 / 13:19

Rosie

Hi Mark! I think I just followed you on Twitter.

March 16, 2013 / 13:44

markosaar

Hi Rosie. You did!

I apologise it's a bit of a mess -- I mostly use it to shoot the shit with personal friends. It's also a locked account because I used to rant about a previous employer. One day I intend to delete a pile of crap there and make it public.

March 16, 2013 / 16:05

Gary

I hate Twitter.

March 16, 2013 / 16:29

Nigel Trousershrapnel

Sheldon Cooper is a smelly pooper.

March 16, 2013 / 16:52

HNIC

Scrivens in net tonight for the Maple Leafs.

Final:

Jets 4, Leafs 3

March 16, 2013 / 18:22

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@HNIC

Because we need the two points, I'm going with Leafs 3, Jets 1.

March 16, 2013 / 18:35

Rosie

@markosaar haha at least your twitter feed has a focus! And I just tweeted you a link :)

@Cheryl I was just reading Women's Post (the magazine Sarah Thomson publishes) and there is a contest for Grocery Gateway running. Can't guarantee they won't f**k up your order but at least it would be free:

http://www.womenspost.ca/node/12823

March 16, 2013 / 20:22

Mississauga Phil

Effimg Leafs

March 16, 2013 / 23:33

Dejavu

Same shit re H&F. Some guy with an axe to grind against them complains. Then one or both get into the comments to say the opposite. No one else is paying attention.

March 17, 2013 / 00:57

Cheryl

Well, cheer for a good team. My Habs won last night 2 to 1. There's a good team to cheer for. That good team is not the Leafs. It's Habs all the way. My coyotes had to lose to columbus though 1 to 0 in a shootout and my Suns got clobbered. Oh my.

Well, Rob Ford can die any minute. George Smitherman is a lot healtier. He has many more years to live. My trainer said that.

March 17, 2013 / 08:11

Douglas

I haven't watched Hockey Night in Canada for ages. Last night was an exception. What a shootout! The end result was about the best for a Jets fan - beating the Maple Saps - in Toronto.

March 17, 2013 / 11:40

LEW

@Argie
It seems like he is the real deal - for the sake of the church, I hope he is. He has inherited a mess, so it will take a special leader to clean it up.
From our posts - you know I'm not a religeous man, but I wish him and his faithful the very best.

March 17, 2013 / 13:02

Blind Dave

I'm not religious - though I'm more spiritual than atheist, and I've never been a believer in organized religion. However, I will not in any way criticize someone who believes otherwise.

I have always been a lover of current events, so as one who watches the news with interest, I get the feeling there is a lot of respect for Francis. Far more now than there ever was for Benedict.

Benedict, with all due respect, didn't seem to have "that way" that John-Paul II had. Perhaps Francis will be a similar leader as John-Paul II.

Like I said, I am not religious, but as millions of people are, I wish Francis well. The world needs to be a better place, and every little bit helps.

March 17, 2013 / 13:33

Cheyrl's Trainer

I don't know where she's getting this guys....I swear Smitherman's a douche bag and well... The Habs.... I've always been a Canucks man myself.

Oh....and by the way I play shuffleboard. I've tried to explain the difference, but its not curling, its shuffleboardm

March 17, 2013 / 18:46

Dave Williams

@Sheldon, I am all for Bob Rae being the liberal leader. That would ensure a conservative government as long as he would be their leader. Sadly I feel the liberals are smarter than that.
@Phil, cute that your wife is posting for you.

March 18, 2013 / 09:42

Ben Vidal

@ Blind Dave: The band Phil mentioned is actually imagine dragons. The songs he gave you are a good, but there are much better songs on the album. I don't know your age, but I would say their appeal is a little bit towards a younger audience. Another great band is the lumineers, it's the kind of music you'd sit around a fire at cottage and listen to. I know people might be tired of Kings of Leon, but give a good listen to their two albums before they hit it big. Really different music, but there might be a banjo in one or two songs, still try them Because of the times and Aha Shake Heartbreak.

Young the Giant also put out a great first album 2 years ago that is worth giving a try.

I know it hasn't become a big winner, but the new Sound Garden album isn't half bad once you spin it a couple of times. The first listen I wasn't exactly hooked, but it grew on me.

If none of those work, let me know what you normally listen to and I'll see what I know that might fit in your genre or preferred music tastes.

March 18, 2013 / 10:48

Mississauga Phil

@ Dave - I don't know Annette, my wife's name is Heather. However, she brings up a good point, which I notice you didn't answer.

March 18, 2013 / 12:01

Dave Williams

@Phil, I am not sure which point is good that she brought up, but in a civil society physically has always been a constant.
I am sure your "wife" understands that.

March 18, 2013 / 13:36

mississauga phil

@ mike - could you please work your internet magic and explain to this tool that whoever Anette is, she's not posting from the same place as me.

March 18, 2013 / 13:49

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Annette commented from Sudbury. It's not Mississauga Phil.

March 18, 2013 / 13:53

Jason from Sudbury

Can't stand Mumford And Sons or Kings Of Leon. And it's not cause of the banjo either lol.

March 18, 2013 / 13:59

Annette Melvin

Ohhh, @Dave, do you really want to go there sweetie, I mean really Williams. If you look back over your recent statements/thoughts and agreements from others about them, and vice versa then I would have to put you in a whole new light in my eyes ;) You silly boy...lol

March 18, 2013 / 14:37

Cheryl

My trainer didn't post here. He does not play shuffleboard, it's curling. His team was in the Ontario Provincials. He likes Smitherman as well. I don't know who this guy is who is posting saying he is my trainer.

March 18, 2013 / 18:28

Dave Williams

@Cheryl, what is wrong with your trainer, for him to like Smitherman? Does your trainer practice with shuffleboard in the off season?

March 18, 2013 / 18:50

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