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Happy Father's Day to all the dads reading this!

June 19, 2015 @ 7:35 AM

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Queens Quay revitalization officially opens tonight at 6pm. It's been 3 years of chaos preparing for this day, but it's worth it. I checked out the scene on Wednesday and it's awesome space for pedestrians and cyclists.

June 19, 2015 @ 7:39 AM


This current Jays team is so damn exciting to watch. Talk about a powerhouse lineup , and the pitching has been awesome.

June 19, 2015 @ 8:01 AM

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I agree. What a difference Laurie for Donaldson makes!

June 19, 2015 @ 8:44 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Our first city show in over a year has been confirmed! Here are the details:

It would be great to meet some of the hivemind in person.

June 19, 2015 @ 8:49 AM

Sam in Pickering

College Street Bar - cool!

June 19, 2015 @ 8:57 AM


What's going on with the all star votes? The American League team will be all Kansas City Royals.

Although I just read 60 million votes were illegal and are being scrubbed.


June 19, 2015 @ 9:15 AM


I offer $100 to anyone who can name the #1 song on the Billboard Top 100 without cheating.

June 19, 2015 @ 9:17 AM

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I'm on Skype all day, primarily for work purposes.

Here's a handy list of Skype commands you may not know about:

June 19, 2015 @ 9:27 AM


Poor Tiger. Will he ever get it back?

June 19, 2015 @ 9:41 AM


When a Muslim shoots up a place, it's terrorism.

When a white guy does it, it's a shooting.

June 19, 2015 @ 9:55 AM

bo peep

The Governor of South Carolina, who flies the Confederate Flag over her state capitol, just can't wrap her head around WHY somebody would do such a thing. WHY oh WHY. It's just a mystery. Nutcase racist on psychological medication + a gun for his birthday. But he's a white boy so no need to kill him when he's arrested.

June 19, 2015 @ 10:42 AM

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@bo peep

I saw a good tweet about this. The Nazis may have contributed to rocket science, but we don't display their flag to celebrate this heritage.

Nutcase racists, indeed.

June 19, 2015 @ 10:44 AM

Al The Royal Pain


I don't know why people don't talk more about the effect Tiger's father's death had on his career. I feel like his father was his rock. He was probably the only person who could centre him and put him in his place when he needed it. I believe that if Tiger's father had still been alive, he would have either:

a) not gotten into the trouble with all the mistresses to begin with, or
b) been able to rebound from all that to get back to being the player he was before

Tiger was very much like Mike Tyson in his heyday in that Tyson had the fight won before stepping in the ring. Tiger usually had a tournament won before the first tee-off. It was all mental. Both he and his opponents knew he would win...until he didn't...and then he showed he was human after all.

When Tyson lost to Buster Douglas, he was never the same. Other boxers believed they could beat him and then they did.

When other golfers realized that Tiger was as flawed as they were and...more importantly...when Tiger realized he was a mere mortal after all, he lost his edge.

I firmly believe that Tiger's father would never have let it get that far.

June 19, 2015 @ 10:49 AM


The governor of South Carolina is of East Indian heritage, born and raised as a Sikh. So much for that "she's just another racist whitey" angle.

June 19, 2015 @ 10:51 AM

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Racism isn't just a white thing.

June 19, 2015 @ 10:52 AM


Nobody said Nicky Haley was a racist whitey but thanks Argie. Good thing to know South Carolina is not a racist state teeming with hate groups. Good thing to know that conservative governor has things under control.

June 19, 2015 @ 10:54 AM


Tiger's father was also a noted philanderer. Tiger has learned much from him apparently.

Tiger's troubles are mostly due to physical injuries - which of course has spilled over into effecting him mentally. He'll figure it out eventually.

June 19, 2015 @ 10:55 AM


Angry again I see. Bo peep commented earlier that the governor flies a Confed flag (implying she's racist), did they not? Are you and bo peep blaming the Governor for the actions of a lone nutcase?

June 19, 2015 @ 10:59 AM

bo peep

The white mass murder suspect was arrested without incident when they knew (supposedly) he was the killer. But be black and be suspected of stealing a candy bar and you're gonna get the boot, the truncheon, the taser and maybe a slug or nine. Oh and talk back in a private profit prison (new slavery) and you're going into solitary for a decade or so.

June 19, 2015 @ 10:59 AM


The 'lone' nutcase isn't influenced by hate groups, hate radio, hate TV, Fox news, the KKK, the Aryan Brotherhood, The Confederate 'legacy,' no no no...he's a 'lone' nut.

June 19, 2015 @ 11:02 AM


Oh financial conservatives what will you do now?

One need only look at the states where they have been implementing such tactics to realize how much of an absolute failure this economic policy is.

I'm still not sure why conservatives still cling to big business like this. Perhaps it's the Koch brothers financing their campaigns.

June 19, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

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June 19, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

Al The Royal Pain


I know Tiger has had injuries but he's also changed swing coaches and caddies a bunch of times. I just feel like (regardless of his father's roaming ways) he was a stabilizing influence on Tiger's career and that if he were still around, he would have been able to help Tiger through his trials and tribulations mentally.

I have zero confidence that Tiger will ever get back to anywhere near his dominant self. I'd be shocked if he wins another major, which is sad because I would have loved to have seen him break Nicklaus' record. I believe that in his prime he was the best, but he will never have the record to back it up.

June 19, 2015 @ 11:06 AM


Don't forget, it was only a few years ago Tiger won about 5 or 6 times (I'll look it up as to which year) so its not like he's been in funk for long. Yes, this major funk goes back to 2008 but he's come close many times since. He'll get it together - he's only 39.

June 19, 2015 @ 11:12 AM


Well, my Orioles lost yesterday. Manny Machado started off with a home run, but that's all they got. They lost 2 to 1, couldn't score any more runs. Well, it's Orioles at Jays this weekend. Orioles will hopefully win. My Diamondbacks also lost 7 to 1. That was pathetic. As for the all star game, I don't know why it's mostly Royals. I have no idea. All star games don't really do anything for me anyway. I guess lots of people voted for Royals. I don't know. Wish some Orioles would be there though.

June 19, 2015 @ 11:19 AM

bo peep

What is Nikki Haley's religion?
Haley is a Methodist.

Where does Nikki Haley worship?
Haley belongs to the Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington, S.C. She attends the church with her husband and serves on its board.

Was Nikki Haley born a Methodist, or did she convert?
Haley was born into Sikhism, an Indian religion that adopts elements from both Hinduism and Islam. She converted to the Methodist faith (her husband's religion) in 1996 before getting married. She identifies with Christianity today, but also attends Sikh services.

What has Nikki Haley said about Christianity?
Haley's religion has been a topic of conversation throughout her political career, largely because of her conversion from Sikhism to Christianity before marrying her husband. Before the wedding, she was baptized and accepted into the Methodist tradition. "My faith in Christ has a profound impact on my daily life and I look to Him for guidance with every decision I make. God has blessed my family in so many ways and my faith in the Lord gives me great strength on a daily basis. Being a Christian is not about words, but about living for Christ every day," Haley says on her website, Haley continues to attend Sikh services to honor the tradition of her family and childhood faith.

June 19, 2015 @ 11:25 AM

bo peep

The Governor of South Carolina serves the spirit of the 'Old South' very well.

June 19, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

bo peep

Anyway that's all I have to say about it. Quite disingenuous for the governor who flies the Confederate Flag to pretend she just can't wrap her head around why these racist murders would happen.

June 19, 2015 @ 11:45 AM


@bo peep
We've seen several mass murders in the US (and Europe) where the perp is always a young male but how many times has it been motivated by race? Um, like never until this one.

You can't blame the governor, the state or a flag because of this.

June 19, 2015 @ 12:07 PM

Ben V

You're kidding right Argie?

Perhaps give a watch to Jon Stewarts piece last night. He isn't doing satire or making fun of things.

You definitely can blame the state. As he points out Black people drive on roads named after confederate generals that did everything in their power to prevent blacks from driving on those roads.

There is a reason jewish people walking the streets of Munich don't see Nazi flags flying and streets named after leaders of the SS.

The act of naming the roads thus and flying the confederate flag in SC condone what the civil war was about. It condones the fact that the south never wanted Black rights and freedoms. It lets people white people think it was ok. To hold the opinion you do shows a gross level of ignorance or perhaps apathy to the racism this breeds.

I do know that if this murder had been by someone of muslim decent you would have been all over it in a very different way.

As for mass murders prompted by race, there aren't a lot you are correct. however there are alarming numbers of single murders prompted by race. A mass murder doesn't have to occur for there to be a racial problem.

June 19, 2015 @ 12:39 PM

James Edgar

Not at all surprised the S.C shooting are polarizing. It's going to have all sorts of people pointing fingers . I still can't believe someone gave that kid a gun for his birthday. I'll leave that one here I have nothing profound or interesting to say say that others couldn't say better.

The Suzukis couldn't convert pole position in Catalunya into a win but it was exciting to have them upfront for a bit at least!

WTF is with traffic? Ok it's probably just as bad as always but my frustration levels are through the roof. I swear I could have killed someone this morning. Between the idiots going 70 on the 401 when everyone else is doing 90-100 to the douche bags passing in the merge lanes to the lost truck drivers switching lanes slowly back and forth without signals trying to decide what exit to take I thought i might just lose it this morning.

Tiger Woods Don't care never did never will and i'm a bit tired of hearing about him to be honest.

@Al The Royal Pain i'm not sure what my schedule is but I'm tentatively putting you on the Calendar. It's been a while since i saw a live band .

Speaking of which Rush play their second Toronto show tonight at the ACC on there R40 tour. Things just didn't work out for me with this tour and i'm not going which makes me sad. the set lists have been awesome and all the reviews amazing. I know they are not everyone's cup of tea but i've been a fan since I was 12 or something. Which come to think of it is 40 or so years. Now i'm really sad and annoyed i didn't have my shit together to go. They made the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time BTW.

Last but not least happy father's day to all you fathers. Mine comes a day early actually as I am riding to either St Thomas dragway to watch Mopar day and a couple of my old friends run there cars or going to the CVMG Paris motorcycle rally /swap meet. Or both LOL

June 19, 2015 @ 12:45 PM

Al The Royal Pain

@James Edgar

I'm flattered! If you do make it out, make sure you introduce yourself.

June 19, 2015 @ 1:01 PM


I've never said things are rosy in SC. Racism is terrible there as it is in most parts of the world. Like I stated, this is extremely rare unlike terrorist acts committed in the name of islam. Maybe that's why I react differently.

Oh well, I'm ready for the onslaught now.

June 19, 2015 @ 1:35 PM

Red Barchetta

@James Edgar
Thursdays show was LOUD AS FUCK!!!! In all the Rush shows I have been to, this was by far the loudest one.
Cant wait to see them again tonight .

Catch them when they swing by Hamilton on the second leg of their tour, (date not announced yet but they'll be back), you won't be sorry.

Amazing Canadian talent, even after 40 years.

June 19, 2015 @ 1:48 PM

bo peep

The guy in Norway was motivated by racial hatred. Mass murder. Many other examples.

You know what's amazing? The people who want to explain away 9 people shot to death in cold blood but they will be OUTRAGED TO THE MAX if a TTC ticket collector on powerful medication for a heart condition dozes off for two minutes.

June 19, 2015 @ 4:57 PM

bo peep

The pastor shot to death was also a state senator who recently proposed (had it become law? I don't know) a law that police wear body cameras at all times. Why? Need it be mentioned? So that's the atmosphere he/they live in. A place of brutality.

June 19, 2015 @ 5:07 PM


Good God Argie, OKC bombing 1995, Atlanta Olympic bombing 1996, Wisconsin Sikh Temple of 2012, Suicide attack on IRS building in Texas in 2010, and the one that sticks out most to me the Knoxville Unitarian Universalist Church of 2008. Where somebody went into a children concert but attacked it because he thought they were too "liberal" These are all just top of my head stuff, I sure I can find more if I really put thought into, all of these incidents were white guys who were either angry at "foreigners" or liberals or government. I think is says a lot that you can't remember these incidents but somehow remember everything a brown skinned person has done, even if it's half a world away.

June 19, 2015 @ 5:59 PM

The Sane Voice

Big kudos to Prime Minister Harper, Minister Oliver and Mayor Tory.

Making these kinds of investments while keeping taxes low and returning Canada to a balanced budget is a good achievement.

That press release was also the best I've heard Harper speak; he may have found the zone...

June 19, 2015 @ 6:08 PM


In any event, while we bleat: UK Government-backed Scientific Model Flags Risk of Civilisation’s Collapse by 2040 -
If we don’t change course, in less than three decades industrial civilisation will essentially collapse due to catastrophic food shortages, triggered by a combination of climate change, water scarcity, energy crisis, and political instability.

June 19, 2015 @ 6:29 PM


Starhawk (an actual person) says it so very well:
I am shocked and heartbroken at the massacre in Charleston. When such a violent assault occurs, it is more than just personal, more than a reflection of one person's hate and madness. Racism is structural, a framework built into society that channels eruptions of violence onto black bodies just as surely as a strategic break in the levee channels the floodwaters of the Mississippi into the Lower Night Ward. There will always be broken people boiling over with hatred and pain, but racism says who to hate. Each unpunished police murder of a black or brown person reinforces the idea that society welcomes and condones such murders. And that is why it is important, even though a thousands have already said so, to add our voices, whatever our race or color may be, and say, "No! No, we do not condone these murders, we do not consent to police who go trigger-happy on every black or brown suspect, we do not agree to a world in which the color of your skin marks you as a target." Let us name and remember those who died in a place which should have been a sanctuary of peace and strength and safety:
Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Clementa Pinkney. Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Rev.Sharonda Singleton, and Myra Thompson!!!
May the wind carry their spirits gently, may the earth receive their bodies, and may the great spirit of compassion and love that moves the galaxies cradle their souls.

June 19, 2015 @ 6:56 PM


I know our parents used to tell us we could be anything we want when we grow up, but kudos to that little white girl from Spokane that grew up to be a black lady.

June 19, 2015 @ 8:24 PM


More drivel from you again. You lie under a rock waiting for a tragedy like this to happen then pounce and accuse me of being racist.

Get help and stop being so sad.

June 19, 2015 @ 10:13 PM

bo peep

I swear they are quite nuts. Simply beyond anything resembling sanity.

National Rifle Association (NRA) board member Charles Cotton tried to explain his attempt to blame South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney (D) for his own death — which he has since deleted, the Washington Post reported.

“It was a discussion we were having about so called gun-free zones,” Cotton said. “It’s my opinion that there should not be any gun-free zones in schools or churches or anywhere else. If we look at mass shootings that occur, most happen in gun-free zones.”

June 19, 2015 @ 10:33 PM

bo peep

Stamp Club meeting 3:30. Who's manning the machine gun nest?

June 19, 2015 @ 10:37 PM

bo peep

I swear Mike - last comment on this.

And the hits just keep on coming. So you see Argie the shooter is not a 'lone nut.' He is supported by all of these dingbats who think they are having mint juleps with Simon Legree.

Cynthia Ramsey, a math teacher at North Carolina’s Camden County High School was suspended with pay after allegedly making an extremely racist remark in front of multiple students, reports Raw Story.

“She conveyed to me that Mrs. Ramsey had indicated that if she only had 10 days to live that she would kill all Black people,” mother Kimberly Ashcraft told WAVY-TV.

“I was completely shocked,” Ashcraft said. “I asked her again, ‘Are you sure that was what you heard?’ I could not have imagined a teacher saying that.”

Ramsey was suspended but allowed to return to the classroom in a couple of days.

“I was very disappointed to hear that she was back in the classroom so soon,” Ashcraft said.

Ashcraft said that she had to come forward because she felt that it wasn’t only a threat to the Black children at the school, but the Black people in the community.

June 19, 2015 @ 10:51 PM

Evening News

A message for Argie

We believe in free speech and grant you the power to speak your mind. But we refuse to let you hide behind an alias to speak your hate. Free speech comes with responsibility. We know who you are. We know where you pray. We know where you work. Coffee comes at 67. We can and will share your Linkedin.

June 20, 2015 @ 2:12 AM


The @MapleLeafs have acquired F Zach Hyman and a conditional 7th round pick in 2017 from Florida in exchange for F Greg McKegg.

June 20, 2015 @ 7:31 AM


Not good. My Orioles lost. That was not a good game. They couldn't rally back. It's awful. We better win today. My Diamondbacks did win though so that's a good thing, but I wish my Orioles would win. They couldn't do it last night and it's awful.

June 20, 2015 @ 8:03 AM


The murder of nine Americans by a terrorist in Charleston Wednesday night, besides being a monumental tragedy, also gave us the absurd spectacle of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (a woman of color) telling us “that we’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another” as pictures emerged of the killer wearing flags of apartheid regimes on his jacket, sitting on his car with a Confederate States faux license plate, all in a state where the only flag not lowered to half-mast was the Confederate Battle Flag that sits astride the front approach to South Carolina’s capitol.

June 20, 2015 @ 9:32 AM


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The acts of forgiveness from South Carolina's victimised families reminds us again of the incredibly powerful goodness of African American culture and what the leaders of moral decency it has given the world in the struggles for equality in America. These Christian citizens should win a Nobel Peace Prize. They have just brought back Jesus to life in a way that is transformative.

June 20, 2015 @ 9:34 AM


Oh great. Threats from the tolerant folks. Ironic that.

June 20, 2015 @ 7:28 PM


@Argie, ever heard the saying "thou doth protest too much" You were so defensive in thinking I called you a racist, even though I didn't even bring up racism or even allude to it as a reason you can't remember white terrorists. Again what I simply ask is that somebody like yourself who obviously follows the news can easily remember Muslim terrorism but can't remember (or think they weren't many) right-wing acts of terrorism. Why is that? You are not the only one who has that opinion that doesn't really reflect with reality.

I am not a psychiatrist, so I am not trying to get into anybody brain. I think there's a few reason that this happens, one is racism . Somebody can be extra "defensive" of their own kind but ultra critical of "the others". But I don't think everybody fits that reason.

Another one is how the media treats muslim crimes and white terrorists acts completely different. When a muslim does something, it's in the news cycle for months. We go to war, we change our laws, we have congressional meetings asking how it happened. We connect all the dots, the alliances, the acquaintances, the motivation, the root causes, we investigate if anybody else knew. Politicians grandstand on it. We have national ceremonies remembering the days. We always talk about "it's the the tip" and can happen again at any moment. The entire time having major media coverage

White person does the same crime. It's talked about two or three days, we get the prepared "Our heart bleeds" speech from politicians. But once the white terrorists is caught or "do himself in" We have a big portion of the population (conservatives, NRA etc) trying to deflect. Saying things like "It's an isolated incident" "a fringe happening" "Let's not make it political". After a week tops the story starts to die down, With all the media details of what motivated him (hateful race speech) or easy access to guns is all talked down quickly. The story moves on and until the next time it happens and the same pathetic dance happens again with people saying "Remember this is so isolated, it hardly happens" until the next time and the time after that. Rinse and repeat

June 20, 2015 @ 8:10 PM


@ Everyone

Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads & all reading please remember your Dad.
I do almost everyday & especially on Fathers Day.
RIP Dad - 24 years ago toady.

June 20, 2015 @ 8:21 PM


Forgive me for not reading you entire lengthy post but I have news for you - Islam is not a race, its just a religion. As for colour of skin, mine is closer to Muhammad the terrorist than crazy white boy with the bowl cut. So much for that racism angle.

You and many others of your ilk have that same go to move - when losing a debate you cry racism. Its weak and oh so predictable. Try again.

June 20, 2015 @ 8:24 PM


Well, my Orioles won today. That's great. They could win the series if they win tomorrow. Let's hope that happens. My Diamondbacks play later. Kevin Gausman came off the DL. He pitched a good game except shaky in the beginning. Anyway, Chris Tillman pitches tomorrow. Hopefully he is going to be on his game and get the win.

June 20, 2015 @ 9:41 PM


Doug Ford: 'You Can Be Racist Against People That Have A Drinking Problem'
The Huffington Post Canada
Posted: 07/02/2014 4:15 pm

Doug Ford should have used the word 'prejudice' not 'racist.'

White mass murderers with extreme political views that lead them to identify racial or cultural groups as the 'enemy' are not seen as 'terrorists' by people who prefer only Muslims to be labelled terrorist. In this way of thinking 'racism' and 'prejudice' are interchangeable.

It's similar logic to the photo from the New Orleans flood. Two black people up to their chests in water with bags of food taken from an abandoned grocery store were identified as 'looters.' A very similar photo with two white people labelled them as flood victims who 'found' foodstuffs in a store.

Racism and prejudice are 'kissing cousins.'

June 21, 2015 @ 7:33 AM


My Diamondbacks got clobbered last night. That sucks. Oh well, at least my Orioles won and they will do it again today I hope. I'm sure they will actually. so I hope I get two wins today.

June 21, 2015 @ 7:49 AM


Well, my Orioles and Diamondbacks both won today. That's great. My Orioles ended up winning the slugfest. That's great. Anyway, that three run homer by Jimmy Paredes was awesome. He's my favourite player. My Diamondbacks won their game easily. Anyway, it was a good day with two wins.

June 21, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Ben V

I hate the hash tag #nowornever that the pan am games are using to try and sell tickets.

June 22, 2015 @ 9:54 AM


Well, the left wing nut socialists are at it again in Toronto. Now they want to lower speed limits even more. Why not go all the way and just ban cars.

June 22, 2015 @ 10:04 AM


Who cares about Pan-Ams. I don't want them and I wish they would cancel the whole thing. Anyway, I am not buying tickets. I wouldn't get tickets even if they were free. Anyway, no Orioles tonight. They're in Boston tomorrow. No Diamondbacks tonight. They're in Colorado tomorrow. Anyway, Jimmy Paredes is really my favourite baseball player. He's so awesome and he will only get better I think.

June 22, 2015 @ 10:56 AM

Surprise surprise.

The leader of a white supremacist group that apparently influenced Dylann Roof, the suspect in the killing of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church last week, has donated tens of thousands of dollars to Republican campaigns, including those of 2016 presidential contenders such as Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul, records show.

Mr. Cruz, a Texas senator, said Sunday night that he would be returning about $8,500 in donations that he had received from the Texas donor, Earl Holt III, who lists himself as president of the Council of Conservative Citizens.

The group is regarded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a leading authority on hate crimes, as a white supremacist extremist organization that opposes “race mixing” as a religious affront and that vilifies blacks as an inferior race.

June 22, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

Jason from Sudbury

@Mike: Who's next on the podcast?

June 23, 2015 @ 8:34 AM

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@Jason from Sudbury

I've got a bunch of people interested in coming on, but only one booked right now. This is the part of the gig I have the least time for. I actually considered shutting it down for the summer.

Melissa DiMarco is dropping by next week. That's booked.

The following people are coming on, but no specific day and time is known to me yet:

Josie Dye
John Downs
Blind Derek
Kelly Cutrara
Eric Smith
Christopher Ward

I'm sure I'm missing some... life/work has been insane lately. :)

June 23, 2015 @ 8:41 AM


A pretty quiet baseball night last night, but my Orioles play tonight in Boston and my Diamondbacks are in Colorado. That should be a couple wins. Anyway, I will not get Pan-Am tickets no matter what. I will be fuming if Pan-Ams makes my trainer cancel every single workout. I hope this is the last time in my life I will have to experience them.

June 23, 2015 @ 9:52 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Oh wow Josie is actually coming on? I thought her boss wouldn't let her? Looking forward to that and also the Derek episode.

June 23, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

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@Jason from Subury

Yes, she's coming on. She was actually coming over a few weeks ago but she's got a kid at home and is pregnant and her husband was on the road with Dallas Green so we're waiting a bit for her to have a free moment.

June 23, 2015 @ 11:36 AM


White Privilege Part 564: When police arrested twisted white boy Dylann Roof for the slaughter of nine people, they bought him a hamburger at a nearby Burger King - he was unhurt but hungry - before giving him a bulletproof vest at jail, politely leading him out before the media, and gently helping him into a police car for the next leg of his journey. The surreal burger detail comes in a newly released account of the arrest by Shelby police Chief Jeff Ledford, who said that officers found the presumably murderous .45-caliber handgun in the car and that Roof was "very quiet, very calm...He was not problematic.” Freddie Gray wasn't problematic, either, until police arrested him for walking down the street while black and flung him headfirst into a van in handcuffs and leg irons, where he apparently, repeatedly complained he couldn't breathe. Police impolitely and ungently ignored him, gave him a rough ride that severed his spine, and killed him. No burgers.

June 23, 2015 @ 8:54 PM


Orioles won again last night. Great game. Ubaldo Jimenez got the win. Zack Britton got the save. David Lough hits a three run homer. Jimmy Paredes was 0 for 2, but then he got a hit his third at bat and an RBI. Jimmy Paredes is the best. He hits well from both sides. He is my favourite player. My Diamondbacks lost though. That was no good. Orioles and Diamondbacks will win tonight. Now they are putting up street signs for Pan-Ams. Anyway, as I said, if my trainer can't make it here day after day after day, I will be complaining like crazy, believe me.

June 24, 2015 @ 10:49 AM


@Argie, Who's debating? I was actually giving you the "none racist" benefit of the doubt of you not remember white guy crimes of this nature because of media focus with the never ending news cycle on Islam terrorists but less so on other similar crimes.

@Hector, I don't get it, conservatives are all over localized government. Here's a great example for local (down town) councillors doing what their residents want. The lowering the speed limit in their neighbourhoods. That is classic small local government. I am all for it, the lives that can be saved from dropping 40 to 30 is well worth it and it's going to be on residential streets.

@ToMike, I was such a big fan of Downs, he was such a workhorse during his 640 days (city hall reporter, regular host, fill in guy, breaking news weekend guy) was certainly a different voice in the ultra-right 640 roster. I also really liked his chemistry with Doyle during his 1010 days. They mixed pretty well. It's sad not to hear him on radio anymore.

On a completely non-political issue, can somebody explain to me why Taylor Swift is a hero for going after Apple who wanted to give away free music but Lars Ulrich was portrayed as a greedy a-hole by doing the same with Napster

June 24, 2015 @ 1:45 PM


My Orioles lost. That game really sucked. It was 1 to 0 Orioles, but then Bud Norris gives up five runs in the bottom of the sixth so we lose the fricken game. Jimmy Paredes got a couple hits, but they were singles and they couldn't be brought home. Too bad. My Diamondbacks won though, but a nailbiter 8 to 7. Anyway, this torch is coming starting July 4. Then the week after the hell starts. I am really going to complain if my trainer can't make it. He will be away the week before. Anyway, we don't need these stupid games so I'll be writing letters to the city complaining once I find my trainer can't make it. He doesn't think that will happen, but we don't know. My groceries will be coming at 6:00 a.m. during the games. Well, that will be the window I put them in, but who knows. they may come whenever.

June 25, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

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