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Just realized I share a birthday with James. (true story) :)

January 20, 2015 @ 8:33 AM

this guest

Really really enjoyed the David
Marsden interview /
Nice to see Tory cancelling
children's fares on the TTC.
Small thing but a good
La Pen of France's far right
calls bullshit on the Charlie Hebdo
affair. Looks like a secret police operation
he says. And you'd think a good fascist
like him would appreciate the chance to bash
Muslim immigrants.

January 20, 2015 @ 8:46 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Happy Birthday James!

On a movie note, watched Birdman and enjoyed it, but also watched Whiplash...WOW! That movie was just ok right up until the end...and then that final scene happened. Teller and Simmons (especially Simmons) were great!

January 20, 2015 @ 8:46 AM

this guest

In a world
of smoke and mirrors
one works their way
through the funhouse
as best they can

January 20, 2015 @ 9:01 AM


There were two 11 year old native girls in Canada who's parent had refused chemotherapy to treat their cancers. Both parents wanted their daughters to use native medicine and alternative treatments instead of modern medicine.

One of those girls has sadly died.

There's not much else to say. Is there?

Here's the story.


January 20, 2015 @ 9:08 AM


@this guest
Ah the conspiracy theorists - love it! Ya notice they always blame the Americans and Israelis? And after they've blame them they go after the Vatican. Everyone knows it was the work of the Masons.

January 20, 2015 @ 9:10 AM

this guest

traditional medicine
was perhaps not designed to handle
microwave, industrial, chemical

I would do

January 20, 2015 @ 9:10 AM

this guest

of course
there have never been any conspiracies :-)
that's why the word is in
the dictionary :-)

January 20, 2015 @ 9:13 AM

this guest

4 posts already
from moi
time to stop
on the subway

have a good day

January 20, 2015 @ 9:14 AM


That girl's death is the cause of cowardly political correctness on the part of the Judge who ruled in favour of the idiotic parents. Hopefully one day there will be a judge and/or a politician who will protect these kids from their incompetent parents.

Apparently the survival rate for the cancer the girl had is 80-90% - if treated with modern medicine.

January 20, 2015 @ 9:14 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


That story infuriates me.

With chemo, she likely would have lived. Without chemo, she would die. Years and years of studies, science, trial and error to save her life and they flushed it down the drain.

That girl should be alive today. It's so sad.

January 20, 2015 @ 9:19 AM


The crazy parents believed that Jesus had cured her and convinced the girl of the same thing.

But should have been forcibly removed and had the drugs forced into her? That part I don't know. Her death was needless and sadly she will never know better.

January 20, 2015 @ 9:27 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I'm surprised the Ojibwa are all about Jesus. I guess the Jesuit missionaries were very successful.

January 20, 2015 @ 9:31 AM


Jesus was busy worrying about the football playoffs and ensuring the big catches were being made so those guys could point a finger heavenward. He didn't have time in his schedule what with finding people parking spots, marriage counselors, etc...

January 20, 2015 @ 9:44 AM

James Edgar

@ anon so true NFL playoff season is got to one of his busiest times.

January 20, 2015 @ 10:07 AM


Steve Simmons just tweeted that Dean Blundell is rumoured to be taking over the morning spot on the FAN 590. Thoughts?

January 20, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I actually mentioned the Dean Blundell Fan 590 rumour to Elliotte Friedman in this latest episode of my podcast: http://www.torontomike.com/2015/01/toronto_miked_podcast_episode_107.html

These rumours have been around for a while.

January 20, 2015 @ 10:17 AM


Ah, my bad. I hadn't heard it before, myself.

January 20, 2015 @ 10:19 AM


Make fun of those "believers" all you want but its still refreshing to see a guy like Russell Wilson succeed. The guy's all class. How can you not cheer for him?

January 20, 2015 @ 10:21 AM


Coretta Scott King believed a conspiracy killed her husband. A civil trial resulted in this verdict (link above). I guess she's a 'nut.'

January 20, 2015 @ 10:32 AM

Ryan G / hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca

On a related note to what's been said above about Jesus, I have a thought on the matter but I don't want to stick the whole thing here since this is torontomike.com after all. If interested in reading The Evolution Won't Be Televised, have a peek at my blog at hobogauntlet.blogspot.ca

Bill Johnson on his cell phone, circa millions of years ago.

January 20, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

According to TSM, here's the new Fan 590 lineup:

Dean Blundell in the morning
Jeff Blair
Hockey Central
Brady and Walker
Bob McCown

Tim and Sid would be TV-only.

January 20, 2015 @ 11:05 AM


I'm assuming, then, that Blundell being added to the lineup is an attempt to boost ratings. Does the guy even know anything about sports?

January 20, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Full disclosure: I haven't listened to morning radio since 2011. I'm also not a Blundell fan.

But the rumours about Dean Blundell coming to The Fan have been around for a while, because he's got connections at Rogers. In fact, when I had Greg Brady on my podcast, we talked about it.

I don't know if Blundell knows sports, or if this will work, but he was very popular amongst young people. 20-something year old males love Blundell.

This is a very interesting shake-up...

January 20, 2015 @ 11:17 AM


I'll miss Tim & Sid in the afternoon

January 20, 2015 @ 11:18 AM


@Toronto Mike

I really need to start listening to your podcast, it seems. I'm behind on my Toronto radio insider info!

Do you see Blundell continuing his schtick that he carried on at the Edge, or will the Fan force him to tone it down considerably?

January 20, 2015 @ 11:20 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I have no idea, but I chatted up guys who heard Blundell's tryout on The Fan and they were very unimpressed.

I'm sure Dean will add a co-host. Gerry Dee, maybe? Someone like that...

And I'm certain Rogers has had a stern chat with him about not crossing the line with regards to misogyny, homophobia, etc.

January 20, 2015 @ 11:24 AM


I would love to see Bob McCowan do other kinds of talk radio in Toronto not just sports.

He often sounds bored on Prime Time because I think he's exhausted all his opinions on sports. The problem with sports talk is it's so repetitive. How many times can you say the Leafs were bad the previous night?

It might be interesting to listen to a show where he gives his views on other issues.

I realize he's not going anywhere on the Fan. He's there until he retires.

I wonder if Rogers would allow him to do a podcast with his production company?

January 20, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Al The Royal Pain

I hate this move. I don't give a shi*t about Blundell, I barely listened to the fan in the morning, now I'll definitely not listen.

The bigger mistake will be getting rid of Tim & Sid from the radio. To me, it's the best show on the radio anywhere in Toronto. Hopefully they'll still have their podcast.

So to me the Fan is now the Bob McCown station and the odd raptors/leafs game.

I understand the need to improve ratings in the morning, but why would you ruin your afternoons to do it?

January 20, 2015 @ 11:47 AM


@ Al the Royal Pain

Tim and Sid refused to do the typical bland sports talk show. They were fun and entertaining and made you laugh.

Now that's gone from the radio.

We need more of them.

January 20, 2015 @ 12:01 PM


My Suns won, but the Raptors also won unfortunartely. My Habs will win tonight. can always hope. Anyway, Howard is out. Nice to not have Glenn Howard and I'm hoping for Jeff Currie to make it to the brier.

January 20, 2015 @ 4:59 PM

Jason from Sudbury

Leafs fans get arrested for throwing jerseys on the ice. Wow, lucky Toronto is a crime-free city and the police have nothing better to do!

January 20, 2015 @ 5:55 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Jason, you made me laugh, MLSE's skin is showing it's thinness.

January 20, 2015 @ 8:04 PM

Tiny Montgomery

'American Sniper' Is Dangerous Propaganda That Sanitizes a Mass Killer & Rewrites the Iraq War


January 20, 2015 @ 8:25 PM


I take it you won't be seeing American Sniper with me?

January 20, 2015 @ 10:33 PM



I will happily go see American Sniper with you.

@Toronto Mike,

With chemo, she likely would have lived.

This strikes me as disingenuous. As far as I understand she'd have been substantially more likely to live (versus a chance of almost zero), but it's hard/impossible to say she, "likely would have lived" as in more than 50% chances. We also don't know the specific epidemiology, etc.

January 20, 2015 @ 11:21 PM


How about those Habs. They won in overtime with a goal by PK Subban, a great player and Carey Price was awesome. My Coyotes didn't do so well though. They keep losing. Anyway, hopefully my Nets win tonight. It's about time. I can't wait for my football money. I have to wait until after the Superbowl is over so I won't get it until a week from Monday. I wish my Ravens and Cardinals were in it, but maybe next year. I'm going to get baseball again this season. I have to pay for it myself though. My trainer only got it for me once. He won't get it for me again, but I don't think it should be too much to pay for myself. I want to be able to listen to my Orioles and Diamondbacks.

January 21, 2015 @ 8:16 AM


Lets do a torontomike.com field trip to go see American Sniper!!!

January 21, 2015 @ 8:19 AM


The parents of that 11 year old native girl had enough faith in modern science to allow them to safely travel in an airplane to the Florida clinic but not in modern medicine to treat her.

By the way have you noticed not a single politician of any party has touched this issue since the girl's death?

But they sure were quick to ban tobogganing in Hamilton because of worry over children's safety though.

January 21, 2015 @ 8:49 AM


@ Tiny

I really think you should stop with the links to questionable websites (that clearly don't have an agenda) without seeing the film you have been bashing non-stop.

I have seen the movie and it is not what these articles paint it to be. I question if the authors have watched the movie or the trailer.

January 21, 2015 @ 8:50 AM

this guest

free wallet photo of
dick cheney
with admission

January 21, 2015 @ 9:01 AM

this guest

Bill Clinton softened up the ground
for the heroic sniper
with sanctions on medicine and
water filtration equipment etc
killing 350.000 - 500,000 children
Did you catch that number?
His liberal, feminist Secretary of State
Madelaine Albright defended
these actions leading to this many deaths
during her interview on 60 minutes
saying 'We believe it was worth it.'

Easily discoverable on youtube. A 23 second clip.
Happy sniper viewing.

January 21, 2015 @ 9:12 AM

this guest

that last line
was meant
to be

January 21, 2015 @ 9:42 AM


I swear if some of you were alive the late 30's, you'd have blamed the allied nations for the success of the nazi party because they stripped Germany of all it's resources after the war.

(I'm looking specifically at this guest and Tiny)

January 21, 2015 @ 9:56 AM

this guest

actually Philly Bob
many historians blame
the harsh conditions of the Versailles Treaty
following World War One
for creating the conditions conducive
to Hitler's rise to power

I'm not sure about what
your analogy means
but it's rather wonky
which could lead to an
interesting science fiction

January 21, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

this guest

I am sorry
if I have offended anybody
who simply desires to be
open minded

What was that bit
from ancient Egypt
about your soul
your good your bad
weighed on the scale
against a feather.
I can't quite remember
but this is mindblowing
(bearing in mind we are here
for a very short while)
Super-high resolution image of Andromeda from Hubble (NASA/ESA): http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/...
Music is 'Koda - The Last Stand': https://soundcloud.com/kodachrome/kod...


January 21, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

Ben V

BOC lowering it's interest rates for the first time in 4 years!

Looks like the Canadian economy is in real trouble!

How long until negative interest rates like the Swiss?

Hey if oil collapses lets make people get in even more debt by encouraging them to buy that 2nd house they couldn't afford until now......

January 21, 2015 @ 10:34 AM


@ this guest, You're a bright guy, you know exactly what my analogy means.

It seems like you and Tiny are almost trying to justify the actions of the terrorists by pointing out the faults of their victims. Neither side is blameless, but your Liberal guilt won't allow you to place a portion of the blame where it belongs.

And as far as the Versailles Treaty goes, I'd say the punishment fit the crime.

January 21, 2015 @ 11:03 AM


That's what I love about being a centrist. I am fully aware of the role the US and their allies played in the formation of groups like Al-Queda. But I can also apply simple logic and say that the monsters who crashed planes into the WTC are responsible for their own actions, and the consequence that arise from them.

I don't have to toe the conservative line of "they hate our freedom" nor to I have to buy into the milktoast Liberal crap of "feel bad for them, they wouldn't do this if the west didn't make them" Both sides had a hand in creating the mess we're in, and it will take both sides to get us out....

There are more than a few people on this blog who need to get their heads out of the asses of their respective politcal leans.....

January 21, 2015 @ 11:08 AM


My mortgage is coming due in a few months so I welcome lower rates. Of course we'll see if lowering the bank rate translates into lower mortgage rates.

We must remember, as the price of oil goes, so goes the Canadian economy. If the world ever came up with an alternative to oil, we would all be screwed.

January 21, 2015 @ 11:27 AM


@ Philly -

nor to I have to buy into the milktoast Liberal crap of "feel bad for them, they wouldn't do this if the west didn't make them"

Please, Philly. What Liberal is saying this? That's beyond being a blanket statement.

January 21, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

Ben V

@ Argie: Quick talk with a mortgage broker friend he foresees a cut or at least predominant 2.79% to 2.99% mortgages being offered by the big guys. Again that's speculation.

I too have a mortgage to renew soon so I the hope is of course that this translates into savings.

As for the price of oil, I think the drop is a good thing. I think Canada needs to rethink it's stance on Oil being the almighty savior and realize the potential for future situations like this. I also think it's prudent no matter the federal party, that we don't pin budgets and deficits on Oil. This will seem like an attack at the current party, but it isn't, just a need for a more balanced approach .

January 21, 2015 @ 12:15 PM


@ McNulty - I would say all the comments that this guest and Tiny have made on this thread fall under that banner.

I never said all Liberals were like that, in fact I'm quite certain I've never accused you of such behaviour as you tend to have a decent amount of common sense.

January 21, 2015 @ 12:18 PM

this guest

@ Philly-Bob

Jimmy Carter's administration created a sinkhole/Muhajadeen trap for
the Soviets in Afghanistan where girls wore miniskirts to University -
Imagine that - under the Communists in Afghanistan who previously
had overthrown the king
Girls wearing miniskirts to University- oh and then
Reagan had a love-fest with Bin Laden -
And now where are we?
How many millions are being spent on 'moderate' religious jihadists to
destroy Syria's Assad?
And yet they keep defecting by the thousands to the Islamic State.

Wait. Who exactly is 'justifying' their actions? I forget again.

January 21, 2015 @ 5:00 PM

this guest

miniskirts of course
is an anachronism -
merely code for
fashionable western
style clothing for
young women in
high school -

before the west
put the extreme jihadists V.1
in power

January 21, 2015 @ 5:08 PM

this guest

oh look it's President Reagan and the muhajadeen jihadists V.1

Well, say bye bye to university or school
young ladies

January 21, 2015 @ 5:15 PM

this guest

You can read this stuff
in any newspaper from over
the years.
It's just history.
The history of stupid men.
Males. Patriarchy.
It has nothing to do with
liberal or conservative.
Men. Power. War. Suffering. Profit.

Like Dylan said, 'We're idiots babe,
It's a wonder we can even feed

January 21, 2015 @ 7:37 PM

this guest

from your article Speysidphil:
but does she have any enforcement power?

The leader of Nigeria's Islamic extremists took responsibility for the killings in a video posted on YouTube Tuesday, the same day International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she is examining the allegations of mass killings and will prosecute those most responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Nigeria.

January 21, 2015 @ 8:31 PM


@this guest

YEP, and the slaughter goes on.
I really believe the world doesn't give a damn to what is going on at the moment. Sad!!

January 21, 2015 @ 9:42 PM


@this guest

Kinda like "The Masters of War" ?

January 21, 2015 @ 9:58 PM


Anyone else lolling that the Dean Blundell thread has only (at current count) 57 comments-- less than any old Open Mike (like this one, at 62). And certainly way, WAY less than, I'm guessing, every other "radio personality hired / fired" post?

That, my friends, is irrelevance quantified with numbers.

January 21, 2015 @ 11:24 PM

this guest

@ Speysidephil

No doubt yes!
And speaking of Bob,
with apologies for diverting from
an important and tragic subject you
I (re)discovered my copy of
Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus
Writings 1968-2010
various eclectic essays, reviews,
etc... his takes on related subjects,
music, etc... especially
roots music, and it gets a bit
Sometimes it's nice to rediscover
an entire world going on that's just,
I don't know, human (?)

January 21, 2015 @ 11:46 PM


@ This Guest

I am finding it increasingly more difficult to follow your train of thought with the style of your posts. Incomplete sentences and broken paragraphs take a lot away from your message.

I am not following your stance on the last few topics very well. I am getting close to just skipping your posts altogether.

January 22, 2015 @ 8:38 AM


@ This Guest

I am finding it increasingly more difficult to follow your train of thought with the style of your posts. Incomplete sentences and broken paragraphs take a lot away from your message.

I am not following your stance on the last few topics very well. I am getting close to just skipping your posts altogether.

January 22, 2015 @ 8:38 AM

this guest

Hang gliding with words doesn't always work. Perhaps a revamp is in order. Will give it some deliberation. thank you.

January 22, 2015 @ 9:39 AM


Allow me to translate 'this guest's' ramblings:
America, white men, rich white men = bad
Terrorists, Bob Dylan = good

January 22, 2015 @ 9:48 AM


@ ARgie - don't forget: everything the terrorists have done = Fault of the vitcims

January 22, 2015 @ 10:08 AM


Speaking of Dylan: He certainly is a talented composer but I just can't get past his awful voice. The same could be said about Springsteen.

I truly believe the world would have been a better place if only those guys had let someone else sing their songs.

January 22, 2015 @ 10:38 AM

this guest

Argie @ 9:48

as usual
trapped in

January 22, 2015 @ 10:53 AM

this guest

but not beautiful

January 22, 2015 @ 10:54 AM

this guest

in fact
the ugly of Argie
is such a drain

Argie's lies
are so exhausting

Such a psychic aberration
I think I'll no longer expose myself

to such filth.

over and fucking

January 22, 2015 @ 10:59 AM


@this guest
Don't go away mad - just go away.

January 22, 2015 @ 11:18 AM


Well, my Nets and Suns both won last night. That's wonderful and the Raptors lost as well as the Leafs lost. Anyway, it was a good night. I couldn't ask for anything more. It's the all star weekend this weekend meaning no hockey. I don't care about all star games. Anyway, it's getting closer to football money time. Oh well, still over a week. My Ravens and Cardinals will be in next year's Superbowl.

January 22, 2015 @ 4:56 PM

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