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There are 3 R's in school - reading, riting & rithmatic. The 4th R (religion) belongs outside of our educational system. That's what churches are for. Where do you draw the line? This 4th R is a family choice not an educational matter. If a family decides to dedicate their childs beliefs in accordance with their education I believe they should enroll their kids in a special school totally dedicated to their religion - not gov't funded but funded by their religion. It's the parent's choice - not the state (or province).

      twins from Bolton

I hear ya... I happened to attend schools all my life that were religion-based and funded by the government. When I was really young, I just assumed there were school boards for other religions too. When I realized this was unique for Roman Catholics, I wondered how non-Catholics felt about this slight. The constitution demanded a publicly funded Catholic education but that was 138 years ago. Times have changed.

I personally don't have a problem with students learning about the world's many religions and spiritual beliefs and actually view that as a positive, but when the science curriculum includes details on Adam and Eve, I'm freakin'!

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Kansas, thy name is irony:

Read it.

...but at least Pennsylvania has the right idea:

Read it.

      Mike H.

Intelligent design appears to be the new term for creationism. As a wise man once said, you can call your ass a turkey, but that doesn't make it Thanksgiving. Or does it?

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Hey Mike, I was wondering how come you did not make an entry about the Simpson's Treehouse of Horror XVI that aired this past sunday ? You usualy make comments of a special Simpsons episode, although I must admit it was not on of the best.. But how about Family Guy ? I think that was the best espisode of all ! The intro, with the Ben Laden bloopers and Stewie's Big Wheel ride, I can't recall the last time I laughed that hard !!!

      Louis

I hardly consider the annual Treehouse of Horrors episode special. When it's the season premiere I'll write about it, but when it's just another episode I don't consider it entry-worthy.

I'll be the first to admit the episode was disappointing. It didn't seem particularly smart or funny, two dependable trademarks of "The Simpsons". At this point I feel it's necessary to point out that I don't watch with blinders on. I totally understand why people say it's half the show it used to be, because it is. Still, I watch religiously and I don't intend to stop. For more on why I still watch, read Why I Still Watch.

I actually missed "Family Guy" on Sunday because after "Curb Your Enthusiasm" at 20:30 I flipped over to "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" to watch their two hour movie with both teams of detectives. It's good to see my old buddy Mike Logan again...

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Thank you for posting Escapa! Mike. I now have a new computer addiction to add to my numerous list. I so far have a chart topping high of 41.86. Ryan will be so happy you introduced me to this!

      Kara

In my defense, I scored by 31 after playing around for only a few minutes. It seems there's a definite pattern and with a little commitment I could blow that score to kingdom come.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

I was talking to my sister on MSN today and she had me try out something funny that I think you and your readers might enjoy. Go to Google and type "failure" then press I'm Feeling Lucky instead of Google Search. I think you will get a chuckle.

      Kara

Ah yes, the good ol' Google bomb. A perfect excuse to point out that a CBS poll on Wednesday put Bush's job approval rating at 35 percent, his lowest since taking office in 2001. Dubya Dubya F.

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A question struck me last night while watching an episode of The Simpsons, and I of course thought of you. I would be curious to know what episode of The Simpsons featured the most guest voices. For this purpose, let's count band members as a single unit rather than individual members. You have 30 seconds. And.....go!

      Mike H.

Without cheating, I immediately think about the Krusty comeback special with Bette Midler, Johnny Carson and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Then I think about the Mick Jagger episode where Homer goes to rock camp. Of course, the logical guess is the softball episode with Darryl Strawberry and the gang.

Hitting the web I see there's a great Wikipedia page called List of celebrities on The Simpsons. It's quite the list, but it doesn't answer your question. Twelve seconds of Googling didn't help either. "Homer At The Bat" is a good guess...

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Just thought I'd let you know. I heard The Hip's 'New Orleans is Sinking' (killerwhaletank version) on 97.7 on the drive home tonight. That's the first I've heard it since Katrina. Is the embargo officially over now?

      Mike H.

Katrina struck New Orleans on August 29, over two months ago. It sounds as if 97.7 HTZ FM out of St. Catherines has boldly gone where no radio station has gone since. They're playing "New Orleans Is Sinking" again...

God bless 97.7 for playing the hell out of the killerwhaletank version. Back in December 2003 I wrote all about this version of the Hip classic. Gord delivers a fantastic monologue about his time as a clean n' scrub man in the C n' S union and you can read it in its entirety by visiting that December 2003 entry.

Welcome back NOIS. You've been missed.

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This might be unpopular, and it's definitly touchy. Why are reservations in such horrible shape? How is it that most other communities in this nation are able to maintain their public services? Could it be that all of the services that we take for granted take money to pay for, money that we all pay in taxes?

Yes, the aboriginal peoples of Canada were here first. Yes, the European colonists and their progeny abused the natives horribly, marginalized their culture, did just about anything else that you can think of that today would result in charges of genocide and massive human rights violations.

I hate to be totally insensitive about this but...it's over. Canada is a country of a thousand cultures. I don't see why the native culture couldn't survive if the reservations were dissolved, the treaties scrapped, and all these people just become citizens of Canada like the rest of us.

I admit, I'm ignorant. I don't understand. Someone please educate me why this culture cannot seem to survive without our help, but refuses to be a part of our culture as well.

      Mike H.

You're right, that is a touchy subject.

John Stackhouse wrote an excellent series of articles where he investigated our "quiet apartheid that segregates, and thus weakens, native and non-native society". Not surprisingly, his final installment in the series is entitled "End the segregation". Integration seems to be the only sensible course of action on 2005. In my humble opinion, segregation promotes racism.

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I guess you must have missed it or did not have chance to post it yet - but my Ottawa Senators just thrashed your Maple Leafs 8-0. EIGHT to NOTHING. SENS 8 LEAFS 0. :)

Not to brag, cause I really like the Maple Leafs. If they win the Stanley Cup, I will be among the first non-Toronto residents (or lower Ontario for that matter) to give them a big hand.

Still, the Sens thrashed you 8-0. Dany Heatley Zindabad.

      Roshan

Unfortunately, I didn't miss it. The day I miss Hockey Night in Canada is the day you can bury my soul-less body because I've passed on. I was there for the the drop of the puck and quickly realized it was going to be one of those nights. I post my recaps the next morning so I can get a more accurate picture as to where we are in the divisional standings following the game.

The Toronto Maple Leafs Zindabad!

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My jaw remains fully dropped over your comments on the Tea Party. Truly one of the top 10 Canadian BANDS of all time. Although I am saddened by the end of this chapter of the boy's career, I would consent that their latest offering was their weakest. The River was only the start of the many killer tunes that would follow, The Bazaar, The whole Transmission CD, Sister awake etc... I would take The Tea Party over OLP at any Edgefest, (and have). They were always a fun band to watch live, and the comparison to Morrison is so 1995 they proved their music chops many times over.

R.I.P. Tea Party, we await further incarnations...

Thanks For All The Music.

      Carter

I've been hearing from the small contingent of Tea Party fans all day because of what I said. Granted, they had a few tunes that didn't cause me to dive for the radio dial but I've never felt an urge to add them to my collection of 1029 discs.

"Temptation", "Heaven Coming Down" and "Walking Wounded" are in my collection though, thanks to Big Shiny Tunes. "Heaven Coming Down", in fact, appeared on an edition of SLS. It must have been a pretty damn weak half-year.

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