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Well, it looks like all of that supposed "fear mongering" from Fox News, The Bush administration and other "right-wing wackos" was justified. In the past few years, the actions of ISIS and other terror groups have created a genocide in the middle east. And if you think its never coming over here, think again.

Its OK though, we have Barack Husain Obama to save us - um, as soon as he comes up with "a strategy to fight ISIS" that is(his words, not mine).

On a lighter note, enjoy the weekend - drink, party, play golf, hang out with friends and family but stay off a motorcycle. Those things are just suicide.

August 29, 2014 @ 9:16 AM

Lyle Lanley

Without the Tuesday Open Mike this week, we're all jammed full of rants and raves.

I'm looking forward to the air show this weekend.

August 29, 2014 @ 9:24 AM

Radio Guy

Anyone know of any changes in GTA radio next week?

Tis the season...

August 29, 2014 @ 9:45 AM



Glen Beck predicted the Caliphate 3 or 4 years ago and he was pretty well laughed off cable TV.
Unfortunately his foresight is coming true. Beware!!

August 29, 2014 @ 9:51 AM


Sure it looks that way if that's how you look at it. There are a dozen ways to look at it and only one or two hit the nail on the head.

August 29, 2014 @ 9:52 AM


Rule #1 of the British Empire: Divide and Conquer. Create and fund enemies. Divide and Conquer.

August 29, 2014 @ 9:54 AM

Don't Shoot me

I can't stand the sudden trend of the ALS ice bucket challenge.

What bothers me are the countless regular citizens who are just doing the challenge for their 15 minutes of social media fame. I have literally scrolled through 30 or so videos on my Facebook/Instagram/Twitter feeds of people soaking themselves in freezing water.

I think it is a great idea to spread the word and increase awareness about ALS. But this ice bucket challenge started as a way for people to get out of donating to ALS research. You have 24 hours to dump a bucket of water on your head or else you have to donate $100 to the fundraiser. That seems a little bit counterproductive. Sure it raises awareness about ALS, but it doesn't really raise as much money as it could.

August 29, 2014 @ 9:56 AM


@Don't Shoot Me

Peer pressure, guilt, shaming, self humiliation, attention whoring and social media stupidity, all in the name of charity. This pushes every negative button I have. I did not do anything with ice. I researched the disease. I donated $200 to my local chapter of the ALS Association. I did not post it on social media. I did not pressure anyone I know into doing it.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Al The Royal Pain

@Don't Shoot me

Everyone I've seen do the challenge has also donated. ALS has raised a record amount of money this year. I'm not sure what your issue is with it. It worked. Eventually it will lose steam and your feed will return to the same old banal crap that littered it before...until then, the more money that is raised, the better.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:06 AM


@ Don't Shoot Me - I participated and donated $60. I also donated $10 for every person I challenged who did theirs as well (4 people = $40). Everyone I know who has done this has also donated. This challenge has raised over 5 million dollars this year.

...I don't see the problem....

August 29, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Al The Royal Pain


"Peer pressure, guilt, shaming, self humiliation, attention whoring and social media stupidity" has helped raise over $70 million this year compared to $2.5 million at this time last year.

The only thing that I lament about this phenomenon is the inevitable attempts by other charitable organizations to try and replicate the success of this campaign. Brace yourselves for some pretty stupid and annoying ideas that will fall flat—not because they're bad causes, but simply because they're trying too hard.

The key to the success of this campaign wasn't just it's simplicity, it was also because it was first.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:12 AM


$70 I was waaaay off.

But that figure does make my argument stronger so I will happily be wrong.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

Al The Royal Pain


That was off the site. I think the $5 million figure might be from alone. I've also read reports that the number worldwide has surpassed $90 million, but I don't recall where I read that so I'm not sure of its validity.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:20 AM


What's grinding my gears about the whole thing is the self-righteous people refusing to participate because ALS research involves testing on animals.

We're not talking about skin cream or make-up here...this is fucking cancer research. I'll tell ya what: Watch someone you love die from cancer, then tell me how worried you are about the bunnies and mice.

While we're at it, none of these people should be getting vaccinations, or using even a simple allergy pill or Advil...cause guess what? All these things were tested on animals first!!

August 29, 2014 @ 10:20 AM

Al The Royal Pain


Re: animal testing

I completely agree.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:23 AM


Agreed. There are also the party-poopers who slam the bucket challenge because its uses water (i.e. wasting a valuable resource that is so scarce in some parts of the world).

August 29, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

Al The Royal Pain


Did you see Matt Damon's Ice Bucket challenge? Apparently he's a spokesperson for one of these clean-water causes so instead of dumping ice water on his head he proceeded to dump toilet water on his own head.

I don't know a lot about that cause (other than it exists) and I can see how this campaign may be seen as insensitive to those who care about that cause. However I just can't get too riled up about it given how successful and positive this campaign has become.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:34 AM

Al The Royal Pain


That graphic just goes to illustrate that our money goes to the diseases with the best PR rather than the disease that causes the most damage.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:37 AM


Well, you have to talk about scary stuff like some kind of war hitting here. Let's hope it won't. Anyway, nobody really knows. Anyway, it won't happen before my Orioles win the World Series. They are going to win it and yes, I'm having a party. I said there would be a special cake. I just don't know where to get it made. I'm not making it myself though. Anyway, nobody has to like the Orioles, but the thing is they're a great team and so if you want to like a really great team, the best team, then they're the team to like. Anyway, the Twins play them for four games in Baltimore. Tonight Miguel Gonzalez is on the mound. Tomorrow it's Chris Tillman. Sunday it's Wei-Yin Chen and Monday it's Kevin Gausman. Four wins I hope anyway. Six weeks until Bob Seger's new album comes out as well.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

Ryan G

What I do is walk around town looking for obvious signs of people video'ing themselves doing the ice bucket challenge. After they douse themselves I pull out a knife and easily rob them of their donation because they can't defend themselves since they're frozen cold. Then I'll nick the iphone from the person video'ing everything, and call friends in Australia because it's real expensive to call Australia. I'll then forcefully take the person's driver's license and even if their name isn't Raymond, I'll angrily say "Raymond what did you want to be?!" and when he tells me he wanted to be a Veterinarian, I'll let him run away and say out loud that Raymond's breakfast tomorrow will be the finest breakfast he'd ever have.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:44 AM


If you didn't own a smart phone would you have this much contact and be as updated with texts, tweets, and Facebook messages with your friends and family?

If not why did we change?

August 29, 2014 @ 10:44 AM


The environmental causes for disease are ignored repeatedly.

August 29, 2014 @ 11:12 AM


There was an interesting article published in Maclean's this week about why the ALS ice bucket challenge is a bad idea. To summarize, the author states that there are three criteria to consider when donating to charitable causes:
1) Where is the greatest need?
2) where will your dollars have the greatest influence?
3) what is the most urgent problem?

He states that ALS is a rare disease (600 people per year in Canada, which is tiny compares to cancer, heart disease, etc. ), ALS is already extremely well funded, and there are more issues that need urgent attention (e.g.: Ebola which is now a global health emergency).

If people are getting sucked into donating to ALS just for their 15 minutes of social media fame, it's actually depriving other charities that match the 3 criteria mentioned.


August 29, 2014 @ 12:10 PM


ice selfie.

August 29, 2014 @ 12:52 PM

Al The Royal Pain


This is ALS' moment in the sun. Once the phenomenon loses steam, it will go back to being some obscure illness that affects a small population. I've seen what this affliction does to people and it's awful. I say, let them have their moment in the sun—brief as it will be. Hopefully something great can come of it (treatment or cure) and we can focus on the more important diseases.

Sadly, reality is—as @Anonymous' chart clearly shows—charitable donations go to the cause with the best marketing team and not necessarily the one that needs it most.

August 29, 2014 @ 1:48 PM


Did 102.1 can Dominic diamond? Dangerous Fred is in the mornings and Josie is now in the afternoons??


August 29, 2014 @ 2:19 PM


The change was made. Figure that Diamond will stick around in middays though as they moved him back here from Halifax...

Can't wait for the 20 minute H+F rant about how they deserved the job.

August 29, 2014 @ 2:29 PM


when does AC make his return?
Josie is on her own going forward, no!!

August 29, 2014 @ 2:39 PM

James Edgar

@Argie Really? "but stay off a motorcycle. Those things are just suicide." I ride everyday just about and yet ere I am...

So I did do the ALS challenge and made a donation. I was sent a video of a ALS patients challange and his story was sad enough to make me consider it. His mother is also a patient and he's looking after her as along a s he can. Very Sad.

I also did a little bit of reading on ALS. Not that many patients true. Not that many deaths ,well at this point those numbers are equal pretty much.

But not a lot of research either due to the lack of funds no doubt. And at this point even basic research into causation is lacking. Which makes any treatments a long long way off. So I figured why not? as someone else said give them their day in the sun.ALS will be of the map sooner than later .

It is a sad but true fact that yes those with the best marketing will get the attention and the fund raising.

But then again our whole society since the 50s has all about advertising has it not?

August 29, 2014 @ 2:56 PM


I get the thrill that riding a bike gives. I just don't trust other drivers out there on the road. You might be the greatest rider ever, but if someone makes a mistake with their vehicle, you could be toast.

I wish you all of the best and you do have my admiration.

August 29, 2014 @ 3:08 PM


Surprised no one has mentioned the latest poll results for the Toronto Mayoralty race. Unbelievably Ford, without campaigning on anything of more substance than Torontos racoon problem, is in 2nd place, and actually gaining ground on Tory, while Chow is quickly fading into "also ran" status.

The Star is apparently resigned to fate.

August 29, 2014 @ 3:43 PM


Yeah but he's a mean football coach.

August 29, 2014 @ 3:51 PM


Forum polls are notoriously sketchy. Having said that it is surprising a 'coach' who drives drunk to a high school practice hasn't turned off more people. But his supporters are not known as 'thinkers.'

August 29, 2014 @ 4:24 PM


And the left is in panic mode! Love it!

August 29, 2014 @ 4:33 PM


No panic at all from these quarters. And I do hope you're not equating Tory as 'the left.' Simply an observation that the mayor's drunk driving doesn't register as a concern to Ford supporters.

August 29, 2014 @ 5:05 PM


Even boorish behaviour such as threatening to punch out a teacher co-coach and calling him a pussy in front of the students isn't of concern to Ford supporters. Ford supporters must qualify as a type of cult or emotional reality more than a rational discerning individuals. Quite fascinating sociologically.

August 29, 2014 @ 5:15 PM


This was my song of the summer.

August 29, 2014 @ 6:30 PM


I did Ice Bucket Challenge this week at work with 7 others who were challenged. WE DID IT FOR A GREAT CASUE AS 1 OF OUR SUPPLIERS AT 52 YRS. OLD WAS DIAGNOSED 2 YEARS AGO & NOW IN FINAL STAGES. Mentally he is 100%, but can't talk, eat, walk & breathing is now the problem which eventually !!

Mortality rate is 100% today & hopefully that can decrease with this challenge.
I agree this has become a social media trend for ALS & can see other charities trying but it won't happen as I can predict.

For those who don't understand the ICE BUCKET being poured over your head shocks & numbs you for a few seconds with no feeling. This is what people with ALS feel 24-7.


BTW - Argie, Cheryl & Mike you are safe. I challenged others.

I see your new opening to your blog & looks good, but I used to use your home for External links & now they are gone.

August 29, 2014 @ 6:31 PM


@anonymous or whoever you are.

I equate Tory to left, centre , right, whatever way the wind blows.

August 29, 2014 @ 8:44 PM


Well, my Orioles did it again. How about those Orioles. They won 9 to 1. Miguel Gonzalez the winner. He went through seven innings. Brian Matusz pitched the last two innings. Chris Davis hit a grand slam homer and Delmon Young hit a two run homer. Awesome. The Orioles are awesome. They're the best. They can beat anyone. Anyway, World Series here we come.

August 29, 2014 @ 9:51 PM

Tiny Montgomery

Black crowd not impressed when Ford claims to have done more for black youth than anybody. Black crowd not impressed when Ford stalls with arcane explanation of Police Services Board during discussion on 'carding.' Tory falls flat on carding - sounds reasonable on other issues. Chow has emerged from some sort of curse tonight, addressing many thoughts to investing in children. Soknacki shows a very big overview when addressing specifics. Almost an urban mystic if such a thing exists. 2 fringe black candidates for Mayor add zest to debate and viewpoints rarely heard. Sound problems utterly inexcusable for a television presentation.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:06 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Looking forward to H&F getting back in the saddle next week, seems like they haven't produced a show in months to me.
After my initial reluctance to do the ALS challenge, I did one and challenged my son and his girlfriend. Made a $ 100 donation anyways as we had a good family friend about 20 years ago die from ALS. Al the Royal's observation of best PR for a cause is spot on. I heard the new Cancer Challenge commercial the other day, about some girl reading her diary when she was 12 and her mom not buying her a training bra.
Don't want to sound skeptical, but donor fatigue must set in some where.

August 29, 2014 @ 10:33 PM


I still don't know who I'm going to vote for. I have no idea. I sure wish George Smitherman was running. My trainer only works here now and lives in Hamilton so he can't make any suggestions. What do I do? Besides my World Series party is more on my mind. The Orioles are the best, but it's okay if you don't like them. They're going to win it all. Oh, my Diamondbacks won last night, but they're so far out of it.

August 30, 2014 @ 6:39 AM


To be fair, he is the great white hope:
Jeet Heer @HeerJeet
11. Ford's self-definition as White Savior fits in with his right-wing populism: poor don't need gov't, just Coach Ford uplifting them.
11:38 PM - 29 Aug 2014

August 30, 2014 @ 8:50 AM


Go Milos and Eugenie at the US Open!

August 30, 2014 @ 10:07 PM


I love the air show! Here's a small set of pictures I've taken so far:

I need to go back Sunday and/or Monday to try to snag a better shot of the CF-18.

I borrowed a camera from my dad that's far better than what I'm used to. There's been a bit of a learning curve. The super at my office noticed me taking pictures on Friday and invited me up to the roof, but it was really a waste.

August 31, 2014 @ 1:34 AM


Well, they did it again. My Orioles won although this was a very very slow game. Tillman didn't have his good stuff, but he managed to do okay. He just allowed too many base runners, but they were left stranded for the most part. This new guy, Jimmy paretis hit a homer. that was awesome, his first homer. Zack Britton got his 30th save. Well, we got a couple new players to expand the roster. We got Alejandro De Aza from the Whitesox and Kelly Johnson from the Yankees. That will be good I think. See, my Orioles are going to be better. Yes, they will win the World Series. I think my party will be the first Saturday after the World Series, but I'm not 100% sure. It's going to be awesome. Now today Wei-Yin Chen is on the mound. go Orioles.

August 31, 2014 @ 6:15 AM

4x4 Time

Tomorrow will be our third month of being cable TV and phone land line free. I am surprised how little I have missed it. We have Apple TV , Internet and cell phones and use FaceTime and Skype for long distance family calls.

August 31, 2014 @ 8:22 AM


This long holiday weekend has been brought to you by the blood, sweat, and tears of the labour movement.

August 31, 2014 @ 9:01 AM


Hey @Broni,

Last week I suggested you take Fort York Blvd from Martin-Goodman to Bathurst. I rode it yesterday for the first time in a month and ... they've done something utterly bizarre at Fort York & Bathurst, opening a new on-coming road.

The traffic signals don't accommodate it at all. It's suddenly really messy/impossible to make a left turn onto Bathurst even though there's a bike lane specifically for that purpose. Hopefully the city does something to fix it...

August 31, 2014 @ 9:59 AM


@4x4 Time

Good to hear about not missing cable TV. As of September 15th I too will be TV free. I'm pretty certain I won't miss it. There are two shows I do like to watch but I'm confident there's another way to catch up with them.

Times, they are a changin'.

August 31, 2014 @ 10:55 AM


Yeah, I noticed that, but I was glad to learn that it's an option. Overall that route was a bit faster but along Bathurst itself there was a bit too much in-traffic riding for my preference.
I think Strachan will be my route of choice unless the Fort York/Bathurst thing improves.

August 31, 2014 @ 6:57 PM


Well, another Orioles win. My favourite baseball team is the Orioles and will be for many years to come. That was a slugfest though, not my favourite kind of game because for some reason the pen struggled. They gave up so many runs. It was 11 to 2, and it ended up being 12 to 8. We won though. Wei-Yin Chen pitched a gem so it was too bad the pen didn't do well until the closer, Zack Britton had to come on to get the last two outs. How about those homers. Nelson Cruz hit a single home run. Ryan Flaherty hit a three run homer and JJ Hardy hit a grand slam. They play one more game against the Twins tomorrow. My Diamondbacks also won as well 6 to 2. That's great, but they are so far behind that they won't make it. Anyway, there is curling next weekend in Oakville. This is one of the two spiels my trainer will be in. My trainer's team is in a few more, but Dale Matchett will play for them and not my trainer. I wonder how they will do. Good to have curling back. John Mellencamp has a new album. I preordered it. It will be out September 16. It will be here for my party, my Orioles party and if they win the World Series after October 14, then Bob Seger's new album will be out by then as well. Lots of new music to listen to at my party. I don't know when the World Series actually ends though. Well, it will be Orioles in four or five. It won't go any longer than that. My Orioles are the best and they're determined.

August 31, 2014 @ 8:16 PM


80s Doug Ford ‏@80sDougFord 3h
Day at the Ex. Rode the ferris wheel for 3 hours til they called security to get me off. And f*ckin' Judas Priest at the bandstand #topoli.

August 31, 2014 @ 10:15 PM

History Moment

"Now everyone knows that the labour movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it.
By raising the living standards of millions, labour miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production.
Those who attack labour forget these simple truths, but history remembers them."
- Martin Luther King

September 1, 2014 @ 1:11 PM


My Orioles lost. That was a bad game. It was a 6 to 4 loss. No good at all. Well, it was 3 to 0 Twins and Nick Hundley hit a three run homer to tie it, but then the Twins get three more it's 6 to 3. Nelson Cruz has a good at bat and gets a homer to make it 6 to 4, but that's not enough. My Orioles lost 6 to 4. Also JJ Hardy had to leave the game because of back spasms. I hope that's not bad enough to put him on the DL. Anyway, we lost the game, but the Orioles are still going to win the World Series. The party will be the first Saturday after the Orioles win the world series.

September 1, 2014 @ 4:38 PM


I love how each Labor Day brings out the union propaganda from the left. Enough already.

September 1, 2014 @ 6:43 PM


What have labour unions done for us?
Only this:
Paid vacations
The 8-hour work day
Ending child labour
Work breaks, including paid lunch breaks
Equal pay for equal work for women
Abolition of sweatshops
Sick leave
Canada Pension Plan
Universal health care
The minimum wage
Pregnancy and parental Leave
The right to strike
Anti-discrimination rules at work
Overtime pay
Occupational health and safety
40 hour work week
Worker’s compensation
Employment Insurance
Public education
Collective bargaining rights for employees
Wrongful termination laws
Whistleblower protection laws
Anti-sexual harassment laws
Holiday pay

September 1, 2014 @ 8:51 PM


Tell me one thing Labour Unions have contributed to the workplace:

September 1, 2014 @ 8:57 PM


Thank-you, anonymous - like I say.....

September 2, 2014 @ 8:37 AM


If you look closely you will find something here that has affected your life in a positive manner. Same as all of us. Other people actually died for this.

September 2, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

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