Season Overlap Open Mike

Open MikeTonight, I play my second game of the hockey season as the newest left winger on the Cherry Hawks. Last night, my slo-pitch team split the first two games of a best-of-three playoff series and we'll settle things with the Pirates next Monday. The seasons are overlapping.

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Sam in Pickering


I've been pressing F5 for 25 minutes here!

September 17, 2013 @ 8:51 AM


@ Sam
You must work in the public sector.

September 17, 2013 @ 8:59 AM


I woke up before noon.

September 17, 2013 @ 9:01 AM


Thanks for the traffic advice last week. I got up to Tobermory and back without a problem.

Tried Elk for the first time that week. Picked up a bunch of tenderloin steaks from Second Wind Elk (at the Farmer's Market portion of St. Lawrence market). Poor-boy dry-aged them by wrapped them in paper towel and keeping them on cooling rack in fridge for 3 days (change paper towels each day).

Cooked them cast-iron style-- seared on super-hot cast iron over high for ~1 minute per side, then into 500 degree oven for 1-3 minutes per side, depending on thickness, desired doneness, etc.

They were like super-soft steaks, with a very distinct flavor. Part meaty, part liver. I think it's because of the higher iron content in elk meat. Would certainly try again.

September 17, 2013 @ 9:06 AM

Sam in Pickering

My profession is top secret. :D

September 17, 2013 @ 9:06 AM


Thanks for the traffic advice last week. I got up to Tobermory and back without a problem.

Tried Elk for the first time that week. Picked up a bunch of tenderloin steaks from Second Wind Elk (at the Farmer's Market portion of St. Lawrence market). Poor-boy dry-aged them by wrapped them in paper towel and keeping them on cooling rack in fridge for 3 days (change paper towels each day).

Cooked them cast-iron style-- seared on super-hot cast iron over high for ~1 minute per side, then into 500 degree oven for 1-3 minutes per side, depending on thickness, desired doneness, etc.

They were like super-soft steaks, with a very distinct flavor. Part meaty, part liver. I think it's because of the higher iron content in elk meat. Would certainly try again.

September 17, 2013 @ 9:07 AM


@Toronto Mike

Can we get a podcast update?

Your Blog Sucks has been paused for a while now. When is that one starting up again?

When's the next Toronto Mike'd?

Please and thank you....

September 17, 2013 @ 9:08 AM


Sorry 'bout double post. {shakes fist at The Internet}

September 17, 2013 @ 9:08 AM


So another mass shooting in the States. Ho hum, just another "day in the life".

September 17, 2013 @ 9:15 AM


@Banger - YBS not being produced is my fault. My schedule has been nutty - hopefully we'll get another out this week...

September 17, 2013 @ 10:14 AM

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Podcast Update

Yes, Elvis' schedule has been insane... as soon as he's available, Your Blog Sucks will return. I'm ready!

As for Toronto Mike'd, Rosie has been on special assignment this month and she'll be back in early October.

Today my guest co-host will be Amanda, Humble's lady friend...

September 17, 2013 @ 10:21 AM


Is "lady friend" different then "girlfriend"?

September 17, 2013 @ 10:48 AM


Hey Mike,

I was really hoping for some Rosie today (I just love her)! But in the meanwhile, it'll be great to hear from Ms. Watson.

September 17, 2013 @ 11:03 AM


It'll be a novelty to hear from Ms. Watson for sure.

@Argie, HAHA.

So this happened:


Yeah those tweets were insensitive, and saying they're quotes is a bullshit excuse (unless they were intended ironically). But being FIRED over them? Holy shit that's excessive. I would have imagined a stern-talking to would have sufficed, or worst-case, sensitivity training.

Also christ, never ever making my Twitter account public. I've toyed with the idea for a while. While my current employer couldn't care less about what I post, who knows what the future holds.

September 17, 2013 @ 11:49 AM


@ markosaar

There's more to the story than simple tweets. It wasn't the tweets alone. The tweets are a small part of a larger story.

@ Argie

Yes. All public sector employees are lazy and all private sector employees are hard workers. No one working in the public sector should have jobs or they should all be paid minimum wage.

September 17, 2013 @ 11:57 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mark - Agreed. While the tweets could be considered sexist and offensive. In the grand scheme of things, they were pretty tame. A suspension coupled with some sensitivity training would have sufficed, especially considering the "tweeters" in question run into burning buildings to save the lives of complete strangers...I doubt the union will stand for it however...

September 17, 2013 @ 11:59 AM


@McNulty, I hope you're right hah. But I guess my point was, I still don't want anything out there that can be used against me like that.

The thing is that my Twitter feed is pretty lame and inoffensive these days, and it would take someone hitting "load more tweets" for hours to get to anything controversial (which is why I haven't gone back to delete's overwhelming and way too time-consuming). But I figure the moment my feed is public, it will be cached to Google's servers and searchable.

September 17, 2013 @ 12:46 PM


@ McNulty
You're only half right - not all private sector employees are hard employees but yes, ALL public sector workers are lazy, overpaid whiners.

I know, you were being sarcastic.

September 17, 2013 @ 1:47 PM


@ McNulty
Never mind - I screwed up my post. I'll get you next time!

September 17, 2013 @ 1:58 PM


How was the Terry Fox run, Mike?

I had laser eye surgery yesterday, went back today for a follow up and my vision is now 20/20! Couldn't be happier!

September 17, 2013 @ 3:00 PM

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It was awesome, thanks! I actually just thanked you all at the end of episode 51 of Toronto Mike'd:

Here are a few pics from the run:

September 17, 2013 @ 3:06 PM


Nice pics Mike. And nice nips!

I'm going to listen to episode 51 now.

September 17, 2013 @ 3:08 PM


Congrats Mike - a great cause.

I would have sponsored you but my brother-in-law hit us up before you did. He ran at High Pk as well.

September 17, 2013 @ 3:11 PM

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@ Argie


I apologize to all for my rock hard nipples in this pic... it was quite cold.

September 17, 2013 @ 3:14 PM


Just listening to 51 with lady friend... it's great radio. Excellent job.

September 17, 2013 @ 3:29 PM

Lyle Lanley

What's the best movie in theatres right now if I was going to catch a flick next weekend?

September 17, 2013 @ 3:58 PM


There hasn't been a really good movie in a while. There have been some so, so movies but nothing great.

September 17, 2013 @ 4:01 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: Nearly everything has been sub par. One or two movies have been ok, but for the most part they have all left me wanting my money back. I see a bucket load of movies so I can tell you I've never remembered a time where this many movies have come out in a 2 months span that have been this bad.

September 17, 2013 @ 4:23 PM


I never had elk meat. I had venison before though and I don't like venison so chances are I won't like elk either. Who knows though. Just give me some good old beef nice and rare. Well, my Habs lost their first two exhibition games. Don't worry though, it's only exhibition and they will get hot. My coyotes lost last night after winning a couple games on Sunday. Anyway, there's curling this weekend, but my trainer isn't in it. Oh well, just hope one of the top guns don't win though, let someone else win for a change. My trainer is playing a lighter schedule this year.

September 17, 2013 @ 5:03 PM


I found someone's iPhone on the weekend.

I don't know how they managing being unable to text and drive.

September 17, 2013 @ 6:13 PM


Did anyone else catch Sunday overnight's 1963 filmed on location from Toronto episode of Route 66?
One of its scenes had six passengers and a driver riding in a corvertible Corvette sportscar.

September 17, 2013 @ 6:20 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Markosaar: I am amazed at the hammer that was put on the firefighters also. We have a cop in Durham, impersonating a fellow officer to create a twitter account and goes out and attacks a very vocal and prominent Andre Marin, and he gets to hide behind the thin blue line, protected by the police services act and getting a desk job for a few weeks. His actions actually should be a firing offence from what I've read.
The union will grieve and all will be well with the firemen, just a chief trying to make a point of the new direction for the fire services probably.
My wife is in HR and beware how much of your digital foot print they try to find on the internet before you are made an offer.

September 17, 2013 @ 9:37 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Wanted to add how sad and alarming it was to read about the Markham firefighters unprovoked stabbing to death on the Danforth, sitting in a cafe. Left 2 daughters and a spouse.

September 17, 2013 @ 9:58 PM


A great Toronto blogger marketing story; CNE bloggers unhappy with prizes. This, after the CNE's other problems with tainted speciality burgers.
Toronto Mike: please itemize a 2013 list of your various online marketing gifts and benefits, and compare these to the round of ten (public contest winning) CNE bloggers who felt gypped with their less advanced and less expensive prizes - after each suppying the CNE with three weeks' worth of social media coverage.

Enjoy your latest Buick Verano ride (after last week's latest all-week free $53,500 deluxe Ford Explorer rental)!

September 18, 2013 @ 8:47 AM

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I suspect you'd do a better job itemizing the perks of blogging at Toronto Mike. I'll bet you can ring it off the top of your head!

This is an independent operation. I turn down 95% of the offers that come in. TIFF wanted me to sell their tickets for a chance at winning something. That one gets deleted immediately. There's lots of opportunity for someone who has the appropriate traffic, there's just not an abundance of cash.

September 18, 2013 @ 8:54 AM


C'mon. I'm all out of fingers to count with. (And please provide the month of each received /accepted gift/offer.)

September 18, 2013 @ 9:13 AM

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Luckily, I never delete an entry. The archives are open for you!

September 18, 2013 @ 9:15 AM

Mississauga Phil

What is it with people on this blog and their obsession with the freebies Mike gets. He runs a successful blog, there are going to be perks....

September 18, 2013 @ 9:25 AM


@ Rick
Thankfully this kind of murder is rare but this is happens when someone who should be in an institution, is allowed to roam the streets.

September 18, 2013 @ 9:31 AM


Rick C in Oakville:

Early on in my career I made a mortal enemy who made it her mission to get me fired. It was a quick lesson.

My crime? I offered to help her unpack/setup some new computers that had been sitting around for a month and we needed. She apparently took it as a threat.

She was a colossal bully, and used her IT powers constantly to monitor everything I did at work. The moment I went somewhere remotely suspect I'd get called into the manager's office. I found other employment and gave notice as soon as I could. Sure wasn't worth the pay either.

Even my manager was known to severely dislike her, but I gather the owner of the company had some sort of fatherly-fondness for her. He seemed to strongly favour people that had been around the longest, no matter what competence.

Never again have I encountered such a horrible unpleasant person at work.

September 18, 2013 @ 9:33 AM

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@Mississauga Phil

Only one person is obsessed with that...

September 18, 2013 @ 9:33 AM


It seems like half the time I have to guess from the references Mike leaves either here, or if noticed upon his currently active twitter column. Such as about the mid-Summer weekend cottage rental or a corporate shindig invite. I'm not asking for anything that Mike hasn't posted publicly.
I'm only asking for a simple summary list.

September 18, 2013 @ 9:41 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - I seem to recall others questioning over loaner cars, leafs tix, etc. I could be wrong.

September 18, 2013 @ 9:55 AM

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@Mississauga Phil

I'm pretty sure it's just CQ... he's been doing so for years, often writing about it on his blog.

September 18, 2013 @ 9:57 AM


It's Mike's business and no one else's.
Who cares if he gets freebies, all the more power to him.

September 18, 2013 @ 10:08 AM


This isn't passive-aggressively intended to call anyone out here, just came across it in Feedly, and loved it:

"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."
     -Sir Winston Churchill

September 18, 2013 @ 10:09 AM


this is it. Who cares about the free test drives. I know, it's very nice for Mike. Anyway, just another two weeks until regular hockey season starts. I can just count the days. Just hope my Habs do better than in exhibition.

September 18, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Mike - I'l defer to you on that. However as Phil (both Mississauga and Speyside)'s your business and others should keep their noses out of it...

September 18, 2013 @ 11:26 AM

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A podcast like Humble and Fred can talk up sponsored hair transplants and breast reductions while promoting several sponsors an episode and nobody thinks twice about it.

Meanwhile, a blogger does 1% of that and CQ loses his mind.

September 18, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

Mississauga Phil

I've noticed, at least in the past couple of weeks, that CQ is a bit of a glass half empty kinda guy. Maybe he always was and I didn't pick up on it, but it's amazing what a better outlook on life will bring your way. Buck up CQ, life could be worse :)

September 18, 2013 @ 11:32 AM


To change the topic slightly, can we make it against the law to say to someone "oh, first world problems...." when the complain about something not that important?

I get what they're trying to say but like anything else it grows stale after a while.

Oh, I almost forgot, isn't Obama the worst President ever???

September 18, 2013 @ 11:39 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Arige - I agree on the 1st world problems. I should be able to complain about something without someone saying that....I get it, compared to issues in 3rd world countries, being stuck in a traffic jam, or my phone dying in the middle of a conversation isn't that big of a deal. However, that doesn't mean these things aren't annoying...

Oh, and no.. Doubleya was the worst President ever.....

September 18, 2013 @ 11:45 AM


But Obie is barely into his 2nd term and he's caught W.

September 18, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

Mississauga Phil

Haven't seen any "Mission Accomplished " banner s on Obie's watch. Nor any wars with 0 planning or exit strategy...

September 18, 2013 @ 12:35 PM


No doubt about it, Obama will go down as the worst President ever.
Confrontational, non negieatable, and just plain uncomfortable in the position are not the traits of a great President.
And no president had to put

September 18, 2013 @ 12:35 PM


Oops to continue,
No president had to put up with what George W. had to I.e. 9/11.
He looked and acted like a President .

September 18, 2013 @ 12:37 PM

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We're all so partisan now... the Rebublicans will think Obama is the worst, the Democrats will think Dubya was the worst. The 10% that go back and forth will be the most objective and will likely deem Dubya as the far worse of the two.

Think about it... 9/11 happened on Dubya's watch, he completely butchered Katrina and he deceived the world while going into Iraq so he could settle a personal score for his dad.

All the while the banks collapsed, the economy tanked and Bin Laden lived on with his wives....

September 18, 2013 @ 12:38 PM


@ Mike
I agree with the point you made partisan opinions.

Obama hasn't just bungled the Syrian crisis - he's bungled the entire middle east/arab spring crisis. From day 1, he supported the wrong side (the musilm brotherhood) and despite mounting evidence that these people were in fact worse than the current dictators of Egypt, Libya and Syria, he continued to hold his opinion that they were the solution to the problems in the M/E.

That's where he's similar to Bush - both felt American intervention could fix everything over there. Despite the money and lives lost, nothing has fixed it - and likely nothing ever will. I could point out why its hopeless over there - but I'm sure most of us know why....

As for the banking crisis, Hank Paulson was the savior and of course he was appointed by Bush (one of Bush's successes).

I would like to go but I have to run. I'll check in later

September 18, 2013 @ 12:55 PM

He looked and acted like a President .

Sorry, it was too easy.

For what it's worth, I buy his explanation that he was trying to project calm. Shame it looked ridiculous in the context.

September 18, 2013 @ 12:56 PM

Mississauga Phil

Looked and Acted like a president?!?!?!?

Wow you right wingers have selective memory

50 Most ridiculous things bush Ever said

50. "I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." --at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002

49. "We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." --Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001

48. "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test." -Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

47. "I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport." --Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001

46. "Tribal sovereignty means that; it's sovereign. I mean, you're a -- you've been given sovereignty, and you're viewed as a sovereign entity. And therefore the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between sovereign entities." --Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2004 (Watch video clip)

45. "I couldn't imagine somebody like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah." --at a White House menorah lighting ceremony, Washington, D.C., Dec. 10, 2001 (Listen to audio clip)

44. "You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror." --interview with CBS News' Katie Couric, Sept. 6, 2006

43. "The same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th." --Washington, D.C., July 12, 2007

42. "I'm the commander -- see, I don't need to explain -- I do not need to explain why I say things. That's the interesting thing about being president." --as quoted in Bob Woodward's Bush at War

41. "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." --discussing the Iraq war with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson in 2003, as quoted by Robertson

40. 3. "I think I was unprepared for war." –on the biggest regret of his presidency, ABC News interview, Dec. 1, 2008

39. "I will not withdraw, even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me." --talking to key Republicans about Iraq, as quoted by Bob Woodward

38. "I hear there's rumors on the Internets that we're going to have a draft." --presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004 (Watch video clip)

37. "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." --Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000 (Listen to audio clip)

36. "Do you have blacks, too?" --to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

35. "This foreign policy stuff is a little frustrating." --as quoted by the New York Daily News, April 23, 2002

34. "I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees." --on "Good Morning America," Sept. 1, 2005, six days after repeated warnings from experts about the scope of damage expected from Hurricane Katrina

33. "I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." --Saginaw, Mich., Sept. 29, 2000

32. "I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound largemouth bass in my lake." --on his best moment in office, interview with the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, May 7, 2006

31. "They misunderestimated me." --Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000
30. "For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It's just unacceptable. And we're going to do something about it." --Philadelphia, Penn., May 14, 2001

29. "This is an impressive crowd -- the haves and the have mores. Some people call you the elite -- I call you my base." --at the 2000 Al Smith dinner

28. "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." --LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

27. "I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe -- I believe what I believe is right." --Rome, Italy, July 22, 2001

26. "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." --Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005 (Listen to audio clip)

25. "People say, how can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil? You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you." --Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

24. "I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it...I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with answer, but it hadn't yet...I don't want to sound like I have made no mistakes. I'm confident I have. I just haven't -- you just put me under the spot here, and maybe I'm not as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one." --after being asked to name the biggest mistake he had made, Washington, D.C., April 3, 2004

23. "You forgot Poland." --to Sen. John Kerry during the first presidential debate, after Kerry failed to mention Poland's contributions to the Iraq war coalition, Miami, Fla., Sept. 30, 2004

22. "Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter." --in parting words to world leaders at his final G-8 Summit, punching the air and grinning widely as those present looked on in shock, Rusutsu, Japan, July 10, 2008

21. "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." --State of the Union Address, Jan. 28, 2003, making a claim that administration officials knew at the time to be false

20. "The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." --Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2001

19. "I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." --Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002

18. "So what?" –President Bush, responding to a an ABC News correspondent who pointed out that Al Qaeda wasn't a threat in Iraq until after the U.S. invaded, Dec. 14, 2008

17. "Can we win? I don't think you can win it." --after being asked whether the war on terror was winnable, "Today" show interview, Aug. 30, 2004

16. "I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace." --Washington, D.C. June 18, 2002

15. "I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." --to a group of Amish he met with privately, July 9, 2004

14. "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." --speaking underneath a "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003

13. "We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories ... And we'll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven't found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, they're wrong, we found them." --Washington, D.C., May 30, 2003

12. "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere!" --joking about his administration's failure to find WMDs in Iraq as he narrated a comic slideshow during the Radio & TV Correspondents' Association dinner, Washington, D.C., March 24, 2004 (Read more)

11. "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." --Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

10. "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?" --Florence, South Carolina, Jan. 11, 2000

9. "As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured." --on the No Child Left Behind Act, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2007 (Watch video clip)

8. "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." --Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000 (Listen to audio clip)

7. "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense." --Washington, D.C. April 18, 2006 (Read more; listen to audio clip; watch video clip)

6. "There's an old saying in Tennessee -- I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee -- that says, fool me once, shame on --shame on you. Fool me -- you can't get fooled again." --Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002 (Watch video clip)

5. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country." --Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004 (Watch video clip)

4. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." --Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004 (Watch video clip)

3. "You work three jobs? ... Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." --to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005 (Listen to audio clip)

2. "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." --to FEMA director Michael Brown, who resigned 10 days later amid criticism over his handling of the Hurricane Katrina debacle, Mobile, Ala., Sept. 2, 2005 (Listen to audio clip; watch video clip)

1. "My answer is bring them on." --on Iraqi insurgents attacking U.S. forces, Washington, D.C., July 3, 2003

...oh yeah...that's presidential....

September 18, 2013 @ 1:10 PM


I didn't take me long to come up with these gems by Obie

Notice I posted just the link and not the entire text!

September 18, 2013 @ 2:12 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - yeah....but Obama's just don't compare to Bush's. The guy was borderline brain damaged...

September 18, 2013 @ 2:42 PM


@mississauga Phil
Obviously not gonna change your mind on Georgie boy, but what he says (and many times in jest) has nothing to do with his presidential duties or his handling of crisis situations, something Obama clearly has problems with.

September 18, 2013 @ 2:53 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Speyside - How does invading Iraq, when the people responsible for 9/11 are in Afghanistan, solve anything??

It doesn' was simply finishing Daddy's fight and proving that He deserved to be president when his dad and Cheney had been pushing for Jeb Bush to run, not Dubya....

September 18, 2013 @ 3:06 PM


Jeb would have been a much better Prez. Unfortunately he was of the wrong religion - and his wife didn't want him to run.

People always had their doubts about W prior to him becoming Prez so in many ways he was not a disappointment. Obie, however was sold as the messiah, with the brains, charm and coolness to be the greatest thing to ever walk the planet. He was given the Nobel Peace Prize before he even stepped in the White house.

My God, how he has disappointed the clueless, faithful. Of course, there are some who still think he walks on water and can do no wrong despite the previous noted blunders.

September 18, 2013 @ 3:26 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - I don't think he walks on water...far from it. But at least he tries to reach across the isle. It's the GOP that shuts down every initiative he tries to put forward. And not because they are bad ideas, or because they'll hurt the country, but just to serve their special interests and to be contrary.

The GOP would rather see America crumble and burn, than thrive under Obama.

September 18, 2013 @ 3:30 PM


Yes, Phil because (according to you), the GOP are all racist, bible thumping rednecks.

Sure the GOPs are hard on Obama but the very same thing happened when Bush was in power. The Dems crucified him - some was justified, some was not. That politics bud. Its all crap.

September 18, 2013 @ 4:02 PM

Mississauga Phil

I never said they were all racist.

And the Dem's did not veto everything Bush tried to do just for the sake of being contrary...they just didn't man. It's different and you know it.

Again, I'm not a leftie, I'm a centrist...a realist. The world is not as cut and dry as the hardliners on either side try to make it.

September 18, 2013 @ 4:13 PM


Cyclists on the way home were in full inconsiderate complete fucking assholes mode.

Way more than usual, I guess due to the unexpectedly nice weather.

First off, were the "pathletes" on the Martin Goodman trail -- guys decked out fully in spandex riding $5000+ bikes. Full speed, stopping or slowing down for no one. An entire team came at me during a very tight detour.

On the roads, traffic was completely messed up due to idiots blocking cars trying to turn right. Cars or trucks would be idle with their signal on ... and cyclist after cyclist would squeeze in (passing me) and block the vehicle. Traffic was mired on Dundas for as far as I could see, between the selfish idiot cyclists, and street cars. It's so aggravating because I should be a minute from home, not another 10

I bike as quickly and aggressively as I can ... but I stop for others, slow down when it's not safe to pass, give cars a wide berth. I never block cars that signal appropriately.

I also tend not to pull alongside buses or trucks, though might if there is lots of space and can see the driver in the mirror. That backfired twice recently though when all of a sudden the truck or bus suddenly decided to veer toward the curb, squeezing me out. It's frustrating waiting behind them, because all the slow-as-shit cyclists don't care and do it anyway, forcing me to pass them again later.

I wanted to tell off one girl, who after the giant clusterfuck, all alone, again passed me and blocked the turning car. She's clearly so oblivious she doesn't know any better, but I knew I'd come off as the crazy one.

September 18, 2013 @ 7:21 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I do a lot of biking along the waterfront trail... you hit that trail via a street called Norris Crescent which is just east of Royal York on Lake Shore.

That means I'm on Lake Shore a lot between Norris Crescent and First Street. This afternoon, a young female bicyclist was tragically killed in a collision with an automobile. It breaks my heart as someone who bikes this very stretch daily.

September 18, 2013 @ 7:27 PM


To be honest, I can't figure out why any Canadian gives a fuck about who the US President is or what kind of job he's doing. There is zero we can do about it anyway. As Mike says, everyone is so partisan, either the sitting Prez is the greatest one in history, or the worst, yet we've survived them all, so what's the point in passionately arguing over it?

September 18, 2013 @ 8:47 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Slash was a guest on the Kim Mitchell show this afternoon on Q107 and he picked a playlist of about 7 or 8 songs. It was nice to hear a different Metallica song besides Enter Sand man or The Unforgiven. They also played Soundgarden's The Day I Tried To Live, stuff you normally wouldn't hear on Q107. It was kinda cool to catch that. Actually stumbled on it by accident.

September 18, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Jason: I haven't listened to the Mighty Q for a couple of years now, even though most of the classic rock was of my era,and I use to like Derringer and Maureen in the morning. Just got very repetative. Guess they have had to start shifting the demographic like many other stations.
As for Mike's perks: Couldn't give a rats behind, all the more power to you Mike, shows your blogs presence has been noticed, good on you!

September 19, 2013 @ 7:00 AM


Of course we have no say in who the US president is and the job he does but the same can be applied to just about every topic that discussed here.

The whole 88.1 discussion is of no interest to me and to most people - especially when it seems to go ad nauseum.

In terms of importance to the world, the decisions the president makes certainly is. Sure, what goes on in Syria nay not affect you or me directly but it does effect millions of innocent people and indirectly it can effect me. For example I especially care about the innocent M/E Christians who are being attacked and killed by the rebels along with having their centuries old churches burned to the ground.

September 19, 2013 @ 8:47 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie @Speyside: Handling of situations Obama has failed? You merely have to think about Katrina to know what poor handling of a situation is. At least with Obama in the Whitehouse, jobs continue to grow, there are signs of life in the housing market. Whether you like it or not he is pushing on with his medicare.

Mississauga Phil is right. The GOP measure their success on how many things they block from Obama. Never and I mean never has one party done more to undermine the US government. When you measure your success by how little gets accomplished it's a sad day in that country.

Everyone needs to move on past Afghanistan and Iraq. We all know how poorly that was executed and the lies perpetrated with regards to weapons of mass destruction.

The issue the GOP has that itself is stuck in the dark ages. Their approach to trickle down economics has been debunked. Their approach to gay marriage, pot, and their perceived mentality to minorities isn't progressive. Just look to what the right wingers are doing to Kansas, if that isn't the scariest shit you. What's worse is you can't just be fiscally conservative to be in the GOP you have to be so right wing it's scary. Even some of the tea party candidates barely have an education, they make all the wackos that got voted in to the NDP in Quebec look like rhodes scholars.

September 19, 2013 @ 10:52 AM


@Toronto Mike: regarding the cyclist killed in Etobicoke, finally came across a more detailed report:

This is one of my worst fears. Been very lucky to not have any vehicles around the few times I've spilled on the streets.

September 19, 2013 @ 11:18 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

So she fell off her bike... still tragic, but that actually makes me feel a little better. Likely not the van's error.. I know that stretch on Lake Shore doesn't have a bike lane for some reason...

September 19, 2013 @ 11:22 AM


While I agree with some of what you've written, you indicate tea party members are completely aligned with the GOP. That is a misconception of many people - both inside and out of the US.

The Tea Party was instituted during the Bush years. it was essentially a protest against Bush's spending which of course contributed to US's escalating debt. They wanted less spending by govt, no bank bailouts, no M/E involvement, etc. You certainly had some crazy types (conspiracy nutters, over hyped pro gun lobbyists and a few racists) but they were sparsely populated with anti-abortion, God loving types. Tea party members are pretty much libertarian - which I'm sure you're aware of quite, is different from being conservative.

When you and Phil mention that the GOP only wants the US to fail so it will look bad on Obie, you sound just like hardcore GOPers who said the exact same thing about the Dems during the Bush years.

As for referencing a RS magazine article - that's like me referencing a SunNews article. Yeah I'm going to agree with it, but it might not be a true balanced look at the issues. RS has become over the years, a hard left wing rag intent on getting and keeping the Dems in the White House.

September 19, 2013 @ 11:33 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - but the difference is. The GOP vote against proposals made by Obama, that the GOP themselves called for during the Bush years. They do a complete 180 on the issues because it's Obama presenting them now.

September 19, 2013 @ 1:22 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - but the difference is. The GOP vote against proposals made by Obama, that the GOP themselves called for during the Bush years. They do a complete 180 on the issues because it's Obama presenting them now.

September 19, 2013 @ 1:22 PM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: I'm well aware of how the tea party started. How many times have we seen a well intentioned disagreement with government get hijacked by extremist. I mean I wouldn't equate Tea partiers with terrorist, but look to Egypt, even look to Syria. Before anyone jumps down my throat I know it's not identical problems. My point is that no matter how good the intentions that existed when the tea party begun, those same intentions have been corrupted by an almost illiterate base of people. Most of the tea partiers don't know what the debt ceiling really is, yet they know they don't want it... The other problem is that there seems to be nothing that is too far right, they keep finding the far right and blasting past it. The tea party that exists today is not anything that resembles libertarians.

I also know they aren't aligned with the GOP, and when they aren't they get rid of a republican and replace him with one of these tea party hacks.

I do agree with you about RS normally having a hard left wing slant, but there are points in the article that are undeniable.

I know that democrats didn't enjoy their time with Bush, but they never held him up at gun point(sorry the pun) on everything. They never identified themselves on their success as opposition, by how many bills they stopped, or filibusters they took part in.

September 19, 2013 @ 3:18 PM


@ Ben
I don't have a lot in common with the Tea party people but I have more time for them than those idiotic Occupy morons.

Unlike the occupiers, team party members bathe, have jobs, pay taxes, don't get violent with police and don't get in the way of people going to work.

September 19, 2013 @ 3:33 PM

Mississauga Phil

@ Argie - No, they just spread half truths and flat out lies, interpret the constitution in a way no sane person would, and plug their ears and sing "la la la" when someone tries to make a reasonable argument against their beliefs....

Wait a minute....Dave W was a member of the Tea Party....that explains everything :)

September 19, 2013 @ 3:39 PM


I couldn't access the site (I'm at work) but I remembered this from Erin Burnett of CNN. Quite funny:

September 19, 2013 @ 3:52 PM


Well, hopefully my Cardinals will win on Sunday. They play the Saints. That could be tough, but I want my Cardinals to win. That will be great.

September 19, 2013 @ 6:10 PM


@Argie -

Maybe I've just reached the point where I'm so completely jaded by politics that I just can't care anymore.

I didn't fall under the same spell that everyone else did about the Messiah Obama, because I knew then it wasn't going to amount to shit. It never does. We are caught in this sick, infinite loop. People convinced one side where's the white hats and one side wears the black. As far as I'm concerned, the US is the most glaring example of this. For every corrupt Republican, you can find an equally corrupt Democrat. I simply stopped paying attention to US politics, and feel great. Why get frustrated about something I can't control. In Canada, I at least have the opportunity to participate, but even here, I'm realizing its a game that we can't win. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

September 19, 2013 @ 6:42 PM


"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results."

I disagree - the definition of insanity is posting the same nonsense week after week (i.e. see the previous posting to yours).

September 20, 2013 @ 8:33 AM

Ben Vidal

@ Argie: Well played. Don't think that person will realize though.

September 20, 2013 @ 9:51 AM


@Argie: Nice one! lol

September 20, 2013 @ 1:05 PM

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