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McNulty from Yesterday

Have I time travelled? Have you?

Why is this posting as yesterday?

June 6, 2014 @ 9:23 AM

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Oops. We're back in the present.

June 6, 2014 @ 9:30 AM

this guest

this box might be the space to type words on open mike
or a discovery at an archeological site -
social & ritualistic harbingers
of long lost civilization -

June 6, 2014 @ 9:31 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Today we pay tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who took part in the biggest military invasion in history, the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

The story of the Canadians is particularly touching. At the time of the war, Canada was a nation of only 11 million people with more than a million of its citizens in uniform. While the United States had the most D-Day casualties, Canadian forces suffered the highest percentage of losses. Roaring off of Juno Beach, Canadians made the deepest Allied penetration June 6, 1944.

We can never forget that efforts such as this is why we have such freedoms and opportunities in Canada today. I am so thankful it's impossible to accurately convey my gratitude.

June 6, 2014 @ 9:36 AM

Lyle Lanley

Well said. Lest we forget.

June 6, 2014 @ 9:47 AM


@ Mike Very true and we should all be proud.

But...hehehe...deepest penetration...hehe 12 year old moment of the day.

June 6, 2014 @ 10:18 AM


Today is a day of great pride for our Canadian forces and their Allies long ago. Mike is right - the words are not adequate to express the gratitude for the Canada and world we get to live in now.

Also today, I will be joining with my brother and his young daughters at a Toronto cemetary, to remember and honour our mother, who passed away 25 years ago today. Twenty-five years. Sometimes it seems like just last week, yet also so long ago.

June 6, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

James Edgar

Well said Mike!

June 6, 2014 @ 10:38 AM

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the Russian/Soviet sacrifice and victory over Hitler
at his maximum strength, breaking his back within Russia,
made D Day possible.

June 6, 2014 @ 10:38 AM


Well, another hockey game tomorrow. Hopefully the Rangers win and make the series even. That would be good. I want my money. If the Kings win, I have to pay my dad $5.00. Anyway, so hockey is almost over. Baseball is a slow boring game and I bet you the video reviews or whatever slow it down even more. Oh well, in three months, my Arizona Cardinals start playing.

June 6, 2014 @ 10:46 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Good luck with your ride this weekend Mike!

June 6, 2014 @ 10:48 AM


Tragically, we (the West) turned our back on people of eastern Europe (namely Ukraine and Poland) who suffered at the hands of the Soviets. Most estimates come in at over a 100 million lives lost, thanks to the Soviets.

June 6, 2014 @ 10:53 AM


@ Argie - The west is notorious for that. You know those Al-Queda/Talaban people you dislike so much....yeah...we helped them kick the Solviets out of Afghanastan, they were our allies. We promised to help them rebuild...then we kinda...ya know..didn't...

June 6, 2014 @ 11:02 AM


The problem is that there are too many bad people in this world. We always have to choose the lesser evil.

June 6, 2014 @ 11:07 AM

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Perhaps my favourite short story is 'For Esme with Love and Squalor' by
J.D. Salinger -
an American soldier, part of a secretive invasion force spends an evening
in an English village...a rainy night...takes refuge at a church event.
The story as a timeline speaks of a young soldier before and after 'events.'
Ones psychology changed by combat.
Fantastic story and any absurd irony is very human.

Just trying to track my father's activities in the Pacific Theatre
around the time of D Day.
I see his (U.S. Navy) ship was in Task Force 58 - The Battle of the Philippine Sea
June, 44.
They were absolutely in the thick of it.

June 6, 2014 @ 11:37 AM


Sad news,Jim Felton,AKA Jim Brady passed away yesterday at 69.I am sure many of us listened to Brady in the Morning way back when CFTR gave CHUM a big scare in the ratings.

June 6, 2014 @ 12:29 PM


For those of you radio buffs the book was released today. Indie 88 performed quite well in it.

June 6, 2014 @ 2:31 PM


I am not sure what the current ratings mean. Are people just giving in to the safe and overly repetitive programming?? I find radio as a whole in Toronto, really bad. I went back to listen to Indie 88 after shutting them off for a few months and I am still hearing the same pattern and songs, over and over again. I just don't get it.

June 6, 2014 @ 3:44 PM


Mike all the best to you with Ride for Cancer early tomorrow & Sunday.

Good Luck. ALL of us will be thinking of you during your journey.

June 6, 2014 @ 8:51 PM


I've given up on 88. Stopped following on Twitter (still follow Raina she's fun and I do appreciate that the parent corp doesn't restrict her- for now. Actually surprised she hasn't been homoginized), finished with their surveys. Extremely disappointed in the lack of music discovery. I've tried, participated in everything since day 2 of the soft launch.
The last 2 music surveys did me in for good (as if I needed assurance). Even though I hardly listen anymore (I do keep close watch of the playlists), I was shocked at how (overly) familiar I was of all the songs in their 'new music' surveys. I was indifferent or worse to everything in the surveys not because of quality- but because of overexposure.
So, so disappointing. Even more disappointed that listeners are responding. The bar is so low.

Good on you. Due to your reminders, I pledged. Always meant to, but your reminders...

June 6, 2014 @ 9:52 PM

Javed Jafri

I saw the radio ratings and yes Indie 88.1 did nip away a bit from The Edge. Boom did better than Q 107 but the rating period was during Q's move away from classic rock.

I still think that for fans of quality rock and alternative music, local Toronto radio is a barren wasteland and so as a fan I created my own radio station for friends to listen to. Have listen if and when you are able to. I'm not a pro but simply a fan of quality radio and this is a labor of love for me:

June 6, 2014 @ 10:05 PM


@Javed Jafri
Is your station 100% curated by you? Do you select from a list of possibilities available? Do you have to play certain selections/ certain selections auto inserted? Can you upload (example indie artists, obscure) your choice?

Just wondering- I've got a radionomy channel I listen to, and wondering if radionomy populates the playlist if the owner allows or fails to maintain. ondering if live 365 is similar.
Bookmarked your channel.

June 6, 2014 @ 10:53 PM


@Javed Jafri
Sorry, have to make a correction- it's The Roches, not Roaches.

June 6, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Javed Jafri

I upload everything to the playlist and it's my choice.I even type in the name of the songs and artists and good catch on the Roches. ( they were sisters after all and Robert Fripp is on guitar on the song I played ) Maybe that's why the system did not pick up the album art. I will make the correction and thanks for the tip !

June 7, 2014 @ 12:18 AM

4x4 Time

@Javed Jafri - Cool...good luck!

June 7, 2014 @ 8:00 AM


I wish Rogers would just stop the junk mail. It seems like I get something from Damn Rogers every week. It's overkill. I hate Rogers. We have them in our building, but I don't pay for the extras. I don't bother with Rogers. Primus never ever sends junk mail. They don't bug you or anything. Their customer service is the best. As for radio, yes, I heard of Jim Brady, of course. I wasn't crazy about him. I liked Pete Griffin a lot better in the mornings and then I would listen to CKOC in Hamilton later on especially Ray Girard. Radio sucks now. I listen to my own music. Well, I still listen to radio for hockey, but that's about it. Oh, my Arizona Cardinals and my Suns as well are radio feeds. Anyway, Rangers will win tonight. They have to. I need the money. Three months from tomorrow and my Arizona Cardinals start playing. They'll win the superbowl.

June 7, 2014 @ 8:01 AM

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I listen to a radio station out of Boston called WUMB online.

Not sure it would be your cup of tea but imagine if Bob Seger had decided to become a folk singer instead of a rock and roll singer.

June 7, 2014 @ 8:44 AM

Javed Jafri

Hi Cheryl, Yes I'm I aware of WUMB. They are a college station and used to have a variety of shows and for a while they had one of the pioneering DJ's of Free Form from KSAN FM in San Francusco, Larry Miller. I have not listened to them for a few years are they all folk now ?

June 7, 2014 @ 8:55 AM

this guest

hi Javed,

They are folk, roots, blues, celtic, world cafe, singers/songwriters, some old-much new, many young, etc... they have a 'daily dylan' feature at 5:30 every afternoon...

saturday mornings they have a show called Highway 61 Revisited - from that era,
stuff not normally heard

used to enjoy their saturday night program 'Dark Was the Night' and it was that sort of theme, but it disappeared. poof. gone.

I'm not familiar with their on air personalities or history. Just been listening sporadically the last couple years.

Will listen to your programming you posted. thanks.

June 7, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

Javed Jafri

Thanks Guest and sorry to misquote your orig. comment. I used to listen to WUMB in 2005/6. They had a great two hour show at noon every day with a different host each day playing a diverse set of music and they would archive each show and that’s what I listened to. I think it was called “Lost and Found”. I’ll check out their site for the current line-up.

June 7, 2014 @ 1:01 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Douglas: 25 years now seems like a blink of a eye. I hope you have a great day remembering all the wonderful things that happened in the time prior to this 25 years.

Looks like a great weekend to ride Mike. all the best.

June 7, 2014 @ 2:33 PM


Tracy Jordan who is a hilarious dude was in a car accident coming home from a gig in Delaware. He is in critical condition. Take some time to pray for him and his family.

June 7, 2014 @ 5:42 PM


The Rangers blew it. Oh well, I wouldn't care if that wasn't for that bet. Rangers are weak anyway. Habs should have beaten them. Rangers announcers are so boring. I miss John Bartlett and Sergio Memeso from the Habs and Bob Hehouse from the Coyotes. Anyway, i'm going to have to pay my dad and this sucks.

June 8, 2014 @ 8:14 AM


Congrats to Mike finishing his ride!

June 8, 2014 @ 1:55 PM


Heartfelt congratulations, Mike! What a tremendous accomplishment. From deciding to do the race, the fund-raising, the training and more training - all while working full-time and raising three kids - including one fresh out of the hopper.

Way to go!

June 8, 2014 @ 2:15 PM


Congratulations. I knew you could do it.

A long journey for sure but your heart & soul was determined to do this for yourself & your buddy Mike Kic since the beginning.

As a cancer survivor I'm proud of your accomplishment & hopefully this will make a difference in the future.

June 8, 2014 @ 2:22 PM


Tim Hudak's campaign is importing their campaign strategy from the right wing extremist Tea Party movement, bringing in strategist Michael Prell.

Prell, the owner of Sterling Communications, sells himself as a "strategist for the Tea Party Patriots" and lists Hudak campaign manager Mark Spiro as his "best friend and business partner." (Acknowledgements, Underdogma, BenBella Books, 2011)

Before joining the Hudak campaign, Prell worked with many Tea Party politicians, including recently receiving a book endorsement from Michelle Bachmann.

The extreme right wing Tea Party movement in the US is routinely exposed for lying, being incoherent, vacuous and deeply divisive.

Yesterday former PC Premier Ernie Eves decried that Hudak's PCs are becoming "the Tea Party version of Ontario politics," pointing to how Hudak and right wing extremist MPP Randy Hillier ousted long-time progressive Conservative MPP Norm Sterling.

As usual, Hudak tried to weasel out of responding to Eves' charge.

June 8, 2014 @ 11:13 PM


Yes, congratulations Mike. That's great you could do it. Anyway, and here I chickened out of a race back in March which cost me a meeting with my trainer's little kid. I still haven't met him yet and don't know when I will or if I will although he keeps saying soon. Anyway, I don't know about the Rangers. Their announcers are so boring. They're the worst I heard ever. Anyway, I'm going to probably have to pay my dad $5.00. If the Habs were there, they would win, believe me.

June 9, 2014 @ 8:35 AM


If Mc-Wynnty hadn't blown billions the past few years, there wouldn't be a need for extreme cutting. Unfortunately they did, so I say "lets all have a cup a of tea!"

June 9, 2014 @ 10:40 AM


No one wants all these cuts...I'd prefer no one lost a job or 1 minute of service time...however, with all the money that has been wasted over the liberal regime...something has to be done or we're going to become Greece...

June 9, 2014 @ 1:47 PM


@Philly: Greece really? The sky is falling, the sky is falling.

Ever in the hyperbole realm you are sir Philly

June 9, 2014 @ 2:20 PM

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greece was shafted in order to implement a neoliberal agenda

read about the history of germany's relationship with greece


in terms of 'wasted' billions
oh choose your level of government and choose your favourite brand of 'waste'
speak with the right level of pleading 'concern' in your voice
think carefully about what 'they' have done to 'you'


June 9, 2014 @ 2:45 PM


@ Bob-Philly - Oh my God...Hudak is going to destroy our social system and ruin our economy...we'll have no police, no fire dept. no emergency medical services and our children will all get lost on a field trip because there will be no teachers to monitor them...

Now that's "the sky is falling hyperbole"

June 9, 2014 @ 3:10 PM


Philly-Bob: You clearly have issues with the definition with hyperbole.

Yes both yourself and people who say things like you did above are committing to hyperbole as a way of communicating, but does that make what you are saying right? Does it add weight to your argument by talking in such extremes? Do two wrongs make a right? Do we judge ourselves by the actions of others? Do we utilize the lowest common denominator to then feel better about ourselves when we act just one tick above that?

June 9, 2014 @ 3:28 PM


@bob-philly: you literally have the most absolutely incorrect definition of "hyperbole" that has EVER been uttered by a single living organism capable of speech in this universe or any theoretical mirror universe ever thought of at any point now or in the past or future EVER!

June 9, 2014 @ 3:42 PM

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Now Lorne gets hyperbole.

English Major

June 9, 2014 @ 3:45 PM


Interesting. My understanding of hyperbole is that hypebole was an association with exaggeration. In fact in many situations used as an extreme exaggeration to make a point.

"Hyperboles are comparisons, like similes and metaphors, but are extravagant and even ridiculous."


noun, Rhetoric
obvious and intentional exaggeration.
an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as “to wait an eternity.”.

I guess if Philly-Bob is saying "Ontario will be like Greece" in order to make an extravagant statement and not be taken literally then I would be wrong.

Still don't see how "something has to be done or we're going to become Greece" is not hyperbole?

Please do tell English Major

June 9, 2014 @ 4:25 PM


@ Lorne - Clap...clap...clap

June 10, 2014 @ 8:07 AM

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@ Liz 14:15

What a well crafted paragraph.

One could do a powerpoint presentation on that paragraph.

The sounds, the repetitions, the flow.

June 10, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

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