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Go Jays Go!

August 14, 2015 @ 8:36 AM

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Speaking of the Jays, we're on an 11 game win streak. That ties our franchise record.

We've hit 11 wins 5 times, including once earlier this season, but we've never hit 12. Tonight, I'll be at the dome as we attempt to make history.

August 14, 2015 @ 8:57 AM


Gibby the best.

August 14, 2015 @ 9:15 AM

Rob J



August 14, 2015 @ 9:24 AM

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@Rob J

Yep. "We".

We're gettin' 12 tonight!

August 14, 2015 @ 9:26 AM


@ Mike

Lucky you!

August 14, 2015 @ 9:51 AM

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I'm meeting Roberto Alomar tonight, too. I'll report back with all the deets.

August 14, 2015 @ 9:53 AM

Lyle Lanley

Remember when we'd try to guess who would win the next championship: Leafs, Raptors or Jays?

It wasn't an easy game to play because all three have sucked for so long.

I'm going with jays. :D

August 14, 2015 @ 9:57 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

I'd be curious to hear opinions from those who support Steven Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada on how they can justify voting for them in October, now that the extent of the Duffy scandal cover-up is being played out in the courts. It appears everyone in the PMO was "in the know", with the exception of Steven Harper, yet everyone who had a hand in the cover-up and the attempts to "whitewash" the Deloitte audit, with the exception of Nigel Wright, are still on the government payroll.
Not hearing a lot of "loud and proud" conservative voices this time around. Was this the kind of transparency and accountability you envisioned when you voted them in back in 2011?

August 14, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

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@Lyle Lanley

I predicted the Jays would be the only Toronto team (from Leafs, Raps and Jays) to win a championship in the next decade... back in 2006:

August 14, 2015 @ 10:03 AM


I agree there seems to be something to this whole affair. If Harper did know, it would show he's not only a liar, corrupt, but also incredibly stupid. Which is why I'm really hoping he didn't know a thing and the idiots around him came up with this scheme to "protect" him. I know, that's not very likely.

That said, he and his party are the only viable option. Even if you're a liberal (and I don't think you are), how can you confidently vote for Justin? Similar to the recent provincial and municipal elections, you hold your nose and vote the "right" way.

August 14, 2015 @ 10:15 AM


Don't get "Robbie" angry - or he'll spit in your face. You don't want that.

August 14, 2015 @ 10:17 AM

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That's one of the two topics I'm not bringing up with Robbie.

August 14, 2015 @ 10:18 AM

Ben V

@Nigel: It was Stephan harper that once said it was the prime minister's responsibility for whatever actions were taken by those within his government. At that time he was referring to the liberal scandal and how regardless of what Jean Chretien and or Paul Martin knew they were at fault because they were the leader.

"It`s all part of the pattern. This is a story of scandal and corruption, investigations, refusals to take responsibility. If this government continues in office, this will continue."

Stephan Harper

August 14, 2015 @ 10:18 AM

Cheryl's vote

How 'bout them Orioles?

August 14, 2015 @ 10:37 AM


I'll be at the game tomorrow, make sure the streak continues tonight!

August 14, 2015 @ 10:38 AM

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Deal, but then you need to make sure it hits 13 on Saturday, because I'm back at the dome for 14 on Sunday!

August 14, 2015 @ 10:40 AM


For those of you who have been listening to the radio lately - any station - this is the time of year that we are all reminded that the correct southern Ontario pronunciation of "Toronto" rhymes with "wanna".

August 14, 2015 @ 10:49 AM


If the Jays win tonight the city will be all about the Jays. We are close but this weekend is the real test. 2 out of 3 and almost every game will start selling out.

Election- I can't in good conscience give Harper another mandate. Between Duffy, the constant sacrifcing of our rights, the lack of transparency and his dismissive attitude I don't him in control again. And I didn't even mention a poor handling of the economy and a lack of willingness to admit it's been bad.

But! Trudeau doesn't inspire me. I want him to get me hopeful but he doesn't. I want him to say something substantive but he fails to do so.

Mulcair? I have a bias against NDP. I admit that. I liked Jack but not all of his policies. I am not sure what an NDP government would bring.

But Harper calling Alberta a disaster after 3 months of NDP government is childish and ignorant. That makes him a gaping asshole and I can't stand that.

So who to vote for? Damn. I can't even get excited about my MP candidates. Sigh.

At least we don't have Trump.

August 14, 2015 @ 10:51 AM


Mulcair says NDP would ensure Scarborough subway is completed


August 14, 2015 @ 11:03 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

I'm of the mind that if you vote conservative, you are condoning the questionable behaviour. Back on May 3rd 2011, in the Canadian Thinker days I wrote:

"I am looking forward to a tumultuous 5 years. With this majority, its all Harper. Can't blame anyone else from here on in, so let's hope he makes the best of it.

My biggest fear is that the Liberals, or what's left of them, will annoint Justin Trudeau as their new leader and it's that thought, not a Conservative majority, that will keep me up nights."

I think that the best leaders surround themselves with the best people available and are secure enough not to be threatened by people smarter than themselves. If Mr. Trudeau is successful, I would hope he is willing to do just that. Mr. Mulcair would be wise to follow the same advice.

So with the Conservative party no longer an option (for me), there are only three platforms available to me. The Green Party is a non-starter from my perspective, leaving the Liberals or the NDP as my only alternatives. It won't be a case of "holding my nose" as you said, but it will force me to take a more indepth look at both platforms before I cast my ballot in October. So in that sense, I guess I do owe Mr. Harper some thanks for forcing me to be a bit more educated when exercising my right to vote.

August 14, 2015 @ 11:06 AM

Ben V

@ McNulty: At least Trudeau has taken a stance on Pot. Vs Harper spewing outright lies and unsubstantiated medical claims. Its sad when again people in the scientific and medical community have to put out a release that Harper and his cronies are outright lying.

Why are the conservatives the only government in the world trying to get tougher on crime when even the states admits it was a boondoggle.

Nobody ever really touches on the thing Harper has done the most detriment to. our ability to act on gathered information. He's decimated the census form. The data that canada now collects is of poor quality at best. The ripple affect of that hasn't even been felt to it's fullest extent yet. I guess it works in Harpers favour, because now he can spout BS and not have to worry about facts getting in the way.

Can anyone explain to me how that retired guy made it into the office where are all the "workers are talking round the water cooler in the conservatives ad? I didn't realize Walmart greeters were allowed into any old business today. I think if the conservatives wanted the full effect to demonstrate that Trudeau just isn't ready they would have used a cue card for his resume. not 8.5 X 11. I'm sure they could use the napkin that Harper used for his resume before he became prime minister.

August 14, 2015 @ 11:08 AM


Hey, I wish we had a Trump-like candidate. He/she would tell Quebec to go to hell!

August 14, 2015 @ 11:08 AM


Well, I didn't post yesterday. I just didn't, but my Orioles and Diamondbacks both lost on Wednesday and didn't play last night. They will win tonight. Anyway, my Ravens played last night and won apparently, but didn't listen as I don't have a new subscription yet. Some hackers made some charges on my credit card. I had over $3000.00 worth of charges which I didn't even make from places I never heard of. I had to cancel my credit hard and I'm supposed to get a new one today. They're rushing it out to me, but who knows if it will come. I am voting for Karim Jivraj and he is Conservative. I like him. He is a very nice guy. I want him to win.

August 14, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

4x4 Time

This upcoming Federal Election is particularly important because whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, this country is quickly heading toward a recession state. With low oil costs forecasted through 2018, low interest rates preventing foreign investment and a declining loonie value to increase import costs and restrict export opportunities, we are in for some shaky times with our economy.

Now more than ever, we need to put partisan politics aside right now, evaluate the party or leader, who offer the best practice policies to correct our over leveraged, underperforming economy (I acknowledge, saying and doing are not necessarily related). Tax and spend platforms would solve nothing, tax cuts putting cash in public pockets to entice spending would help, but is a pipe dream and not sustainable with current government spending levels. Coupled with questionable economic policies by certain provinces, we have serious financial issues to deal with in this country.

I want to hear who has solid fiscal plans to correct this economy. I am not interested in hearing about legalizing Pot, increasing Child care benefits or banned travel zones. These issues can be debated later.

August 14, 2015 @ 11:27 AM


@ 4x4 Time
Well said.

@ Mike
Lucky you, two more times!

August 14, 2015 @ 11:34 AM


The problem with politics is that there might be a leader who you believe has all of the answers and seems like a common sense type of person BUT 40-50 of Canadians won't agree with you. The thing is, we're all different, with different priorities, different values and different needs.

Which is why we have to vote for the person/party - who may not be perfect (intellectually, morally) - but are the best of this bad lot.

August 14, 2015 @ 11:40 AM

Al The Royal Pain

Where is Paul Martin when we need him most!

August 14, 2015 @ 11:43 AM


Cheryl, your credit card will not come. Nope, no way. Don't even think about it, it will never happen.

August 14, 2015 @ 11:43 AM

Charles 'Mitch' VinPointe

Nigel Wright is quite a nimble fox-trot dancer but his partner (S.H.) is quite flat footed.

August 14, 2015 @ 11:48 AM

Charles 'Mitch' VinPointe

Nigel Wright has given us a master class in 'the whirling spin' but Mr. H. is left holding the bag and looking rather lonely at the edge of the spotlight.

August 14, 2015 @ 11:51 AM

Woodbridge East Phil

I don't like using possessive terms, but here goes... competition for "our" Parapan Games is ending today at the venue I'm volunteering, the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium. For the past two weeks (and seven days straight), I've helped ensure that various people had the right identification to get it for a seamless and enjoyable event.

One of the greatest moments of my experience was probably earlier this week when I walked past the stadium on the way back to my car and overheard our national anthem being played as one of our athletes won a gold medal. I sung in my head and proceeded to say "Buenos Noches" to a group of Chileans as they walked by.

Since you, Toronto Mike, are so encouraging towards volunteerism, I thank you for treating the event as nothing less than a good moment for people who were there for the sake of the event. It's nice to know people (inside and outside the stadium) support volunteers!

Now, back to Humble and Fred... it's a weird moment when you're in studio one part of the day and York University the next... very contrasting!

August 14, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

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@Woodbridge East Phil

You volunteers did us all proud.

August 14, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

Ben V

@4X4: I agree with the sentiment. Unfortunately partisan politics is all we have in north america now. Politicians appeal to their base and what they perceive will get them elected.

It's great you can buy a house with 2.69% financing, but does anybody realize where the cost of products is going to go? Everything in the next 6 months is taking a big cost increase. price of Bacon, Poultry, Pet Food. You name it it's going higher. None of that is based on what party is in power. I deal in the CPG world and I don't think the general public has any idea how much the cost of goods is about to go up by March 2016.

I do disagree however with the tax and spend comment. More so the spend part than the tax part. We as a country need to be spending greater amounts on infrastructure and modernizing aging things we rely on. The greatest jumps in quality of life in the 20th century came from massive amounts of infrastructure spending. The US and Europe post WW2 all spent massively to improve the country. It's not the ripple effect, not to be confused with the right wing trickle down effect. i.e., (when Ford out in Oakville lays off 400 people it costs 1000 people their job) the reverse is also true. If pay less on my property taxes by say 10% the extra $300 dollar in my pocket isn't really going to spur the economy and turn it around is it?

Government spending levels are ok as they are if you haven't put all your eggs in one basket i.e., manufacturing or oil. Like a financial portfolio you need to diversify.

You also cant pin all your hopes on a pipeline that is never going to get started in this generation and for that matter ever.

August 14, 2015 @ 12:22 PM

Charles 'Mitch' VinPointe

450 pages of emails.

August 14, 2015 @ 1:13 PM

4x4 Time

@BenV...Agree with you the tax and spend theory. I just have no trust in politicians based on track records to this remotely in a way that will be fiscally prudent. When you have no real budget or accountability to anyone, projects can easily soar into ridiculously high costs with no real consequences. Unlike in private sector functions, you are likely out the door.
Also in the CPG business, and I think higher costs will creep in before year end, and by March, you are right in full force.

August 14, 2015 @ 2:14 PM

Blind Dave

Election: I have been disappointed in the Conservatives and Harper's arrogance for quite some time now. The Senate scandals are unfortunate but you can't tell me this wouldn't have happened under another party's watch as well. Same shit, different pile.

As for who gets into power, I will never vote NDP and I will not vote Liberal while man-child is at the helm. Now if Tom and Justin switched parties, I would consider a Liberal vote. But as it stands right now, I have to give my vote to the Conservatives again. Even if they do get in, it will likely be a minority and this will be their last go round for awhile.

Other: I was in Ontario for awhile visiting my mom (primarily) and a few other relatives. Had a really good time and both flights with Air Canada went well. The flights were on time and the staff were friendly.

I'm pleased with the Jays but I will not jump on the bandwagon. I catch an inning here and there but I am so tainted with Toronto sports teams that I refuse to get excited just yet.

August 14, 2015 @ 3:27 PM

Cut and Paste

Wright had cited the New Testament, Matthew 6:3 to be precise, which states "when you give to the needy do not announce it with trumpets, and do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing."
Bayne asked Wright if he could use that self-serving biblical citation to rationalize keeping payment of Duffy's expenses by the Conservative Fund a secret. Getting the Fund to do the job had been the plan until its Chairman, Senator Irving Gerstein, found out the sum was $90,000 not $32,000 as he had been told originally.
Gerstein said $90,000 was too rich for his blood.
But when the idea of the Fund paying Duffy's expenses was still alive Wright had agreed to keep it secret.
There is, apparently, no biblical verse to justify that.

August 14, 2015 @ 4:16 PM

cut and paste

He isnt a PEI senator...He lives in Ottawa. The real fraud was appointing him in the first place.

August 14, 2015 @ 4:20 PM


Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said subordinates, including his current chief of staff Ray Novak, should not be held responsible for what Nigel Wright and Sen. Mike Duffy did.


Emails entered into evidence show Ray Novak, now Stephen Harper's chief of staff, was explicitly told Wright intended to pay. Harper spokesman Kory Teneycke says Novak never saw the specific email describing the plan. Novak was on a conference call with Wright, Duffy's lawyer and the lawyer for the PMO in March 2013, but Teneycke said he was pulled away before the arrangement was discussed

August 14, 2015 @ 4:25 PM


The Jays might be the only bright spot in October. This election has me yawning already.

John Farrell has Stage 1 Lymphoma. This is very treatable. We should all wish him the best.

@ Mike
Love Sandbanks. You picked an excellent destination.

August 14, 2015 @ 5:21 PM


Interesting stat............hope the Jays can break the trend. Since the beginning of time, 5 or 6 teams in MLB have had 2 win streaks of more than 11 games in one season. They all went on to the World Series...............and lost. 1954 Indians being the last. Records are made to be broken! Go Jays!

August 14, 2015 @ 7:04 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Blind Dave: you said exactly the way I have been feeling about the Conservatives and Harper. He is stale, and has smothered the other caucus members from saying or doing anything. Don't get me wrong, as I have voted Conservative for 30 years, will hold my nose and do it this time as I think a minority is on the horizon. Once oil crashed, showed we were putting to much of our future on the energy sector, to the detriment of Ontarios manufacturing sector. As much as I dislike the Ontario Liberals, Harper needs to show some leadership and work with the provinces, being an outlier doesn't work with the direction our economy is heading.

August 14, 2015 @ 9:08 PM


Just looked up those 54' Cleveland players. Early Wynn! Bob Feller! Bob Lemon! What a pitching lineup and a couple others massively equally talented.

August 14, 2015 @ 9:13 PM


Nobody in my office knew. Nobody in my office knew. Nobody in my office knew.

August 15, 2015 @ 8:19 AM


Well, Orioles won last night. That was a long game. It went 13 innings. Manny Machado hit a walk off two run homer with Caleb Joseph on base. That was something. Zach Britton blew a save in the ninth. Would have been nice to win it without going into extras. My Diamondbacks lost though again. My credit card came yesterday so I had to get the number. This is such a pain telling everyone what the new number is. Anyway, hopefully no more unknown charges. More bad news though. I won't be able to listen to football this year. They don't have game day audio anymore. All there is is TV which costs over $200.00 and I don't want TV anyway. The radio explains the games better. It sucks that they don't have radio anymore. This means I can only read how my Ravens and Cardinals are doing. I can't listen to any NFL games and I love the NFL.

August 15, 2015 @ 8:35 AM

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Have you considered satellite radio? I believe you can listen to all NFL games on SiriusXM and it's only $16 / month.

August 15, 2015 @ 8:43 AM

Nigel Trousershrapnel

@Rick C from Oakville and Blind Dave,
That's like saying Steven Harper screwed my wife behind my back, but I'm going to give him another shot.
The man is a liar and a hypocrite but I won't vote for Trudeau or Mulcair because they might want to screw my wife.
Worst case scenario, you can always park your vote somewhere this go around. At least that way your not rewarding a corrupt megalomaniac. He's had ten years to show some leadership. Why would you expect him to show it now?

August 15, 2015 @ 5:16 PM


I seen some people compare Ontario Liberals and Federal Conservatives. McGuinty at least had the decency to resign and hopefully have the Liberal have a fresh face during the election. You might dislike the Liberal ontario party but at least they had enough wherewithal to change their leadership. Harper Conservative just cling onto power. With the same old faces and the same old leaders. Nobody taking any responsibility or falling on the sword for the good of the party. That's why I can't respect them on any level. I will probably never vote for them but I would at least understand why somebody would vote Conservative if they changed leader but having the same people in charge but *this time* the same people who lied before about responsibility is still there preaching the same lies/

I think the big problem is we have a monopoly on the right-wing side of our politics. Conservatives beliefs in competition and anti-monopoly (which I agree with them) but the irony is that you have just that in their politics. So right-wing people only have one option (in their mind) so Conservative party can actually do whatever they want and feel comfortable that they will always have 30% default.

To solve this problem we should have universal election reform. Either have ranked ballots or run off election. That would hopefully encourage more right-wing parties to form that people could vote for without worrying that it will be a wasted vote. It would be great for the right-wingers to have parties like Wildrose or Reform or Libertarian to vote for while the left-wingers could feel comfortable voting for something like Green party without worrying about splitting the vote.

Our democracy is messed up when you can win with 32% and possibly get a majority with 35%. There should be a 50% rule either with run-off between top two or ranked ballots until somebody gets 50%.

August 15, 2015 @ 6:23 PM

Another Dave

Another Dave. It was a popular name in the 50s. At one point, there were 5 of us plus the goalie on my hockey team.

I sure miss Canadian Thinker. I used to read it daily as it was perfect antidote to the socialist ramblings of the Toronto Star. I agreed with 95% of the content and it helped me cope with living under the McGuinty /Miller nightmare.

As a “progressive” Conservative, I have disagreed with Harper on many social issues, his hyper partisanship, his fixation on energy and his lack of vision for a modern economy.

But, I could never vote for the NDP, even though I don’t see Thomas Mulclair and David or Stephen Lewis as kindred spirits. I don’t think Justin will ever be ready. The ad is actually very charitable in saying, “I am not saying forever, just not now”, nor is the Liberal party anything but a downtown urban fringe party. We have to pick somebody and Stephen Harper is really is the lesser of three evils.

I am not worked up about the Senate scandal. Whatever the improprieties, the fact is Nigel Wright made he taxpayers whole. Compare that the Liberal Provincial party scandals since Dalton's days. We now have Kathleen Wynne trying to turn us into France and I am really not enthused about the same group that botched up E-Health and Orange running another pension plan. She is determined to drive whatever business is left in Ontario out and I really don’t want these policies implemented on a national level.

My riding is probably Liberal and my vote will change nothing, but I would say be careful what you wish for.

August 15, 2015 @ 6:29 PM

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@Another Dave

Fun fact: I helped launch Canadian Thinker:

August 15, 2015 @ 6:39 PM

He's a genius!

In a famous video at a Ford family barbecue, Mr. Harper praised the Fords as a “Conservative political dynasty.”

August 15, 2015 @ 7:21 PM

Another Dave

In my mind, Canadian Thinker spoke for a large group of silent people who don’t hear their views reflected in the daily media. Also the personal stuff that Fred shared was similar to things happening in my own life, although I have never found a cool place to hang out in like that trailer park in the Kawarthas.

I enjoy your site as well, especially the podcasts with all of the radio people. Maybe you can dig into what has happened to my beloved Q107. Aside from Andy on Sunday, I can’t even listen to it anymore.

August 15, 2015 @ 7:33 PM

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@Another Dave

I'm working on the Q story.

So far all that's clear is that Derringer stays doing mornings and Maureen Holloway is moving to her own show in the afternoon.

August 15, 2015 @ 7:48 PM

He Loves Canada!

This is Shell's dream. The Canadian government just gave it permission to drill for oil off Nova Scotia's cost — and the company doesn't need to cap an oil blowout for 21 days.

Are they kidding? Shell will be allowed to freely spill oil into the ocean for three weeks -- potentially wreaking environmental havoc on Nova Scotia's amazing marine life, major fishing grounds, coastal communities and the Sable Island National Park Reserve, the world's largest breeding colony of grey seals.

August 15, 2015 @ 8:06 PM


Well, how about those Orioles. Chris Davis hit two home runs including a walk off home run to win in the bottom of the ninth. Zach Britton pitched like the Britton I know in the top of the ninth. Gerardo Parra also homered as well. Well, my Diamondbacks won as well. David Peralta homered. That was so awesome and Patrick Corbin got the win. Well, I found out how I can get football. I can go into the Ravens site or the Cardinals site and there are radio feeds right on the team sites. I don't know how much a satellite radio costs and do you need someone to come and hook it up for you, but hopefully the audio feeds on the team sites will actually work. I love the NFL. How will I get along without it.

August 16, 2015 @ 8:20 AM


Kudos to Brooke Henderson winning her 1st LPGA tourney at 17 years old buy 7 shots.

August 16, 2015 @ 7:37 PM


& also Kudos for David Denson. Now its time for NHL player to come out.

August 16, 2015 @ 7:42 PM


Any word on where Maddog is landing?

August 17, 2015 @ 12:04 AM

zing-o ding-o

Harper’s credibility is his Achille’s Heel. He simply can’t be trusted. Where he once said no one in his office other than Wright knew about the $90,000, he now says the “vast majority” didn’t know. He simply doesn’t understand he can’t make it up as he goes along. Could it possibly be true that no one, not Nigel Wright, Ray Novak, Benjamin Perrin, Patrick Rogers, Senator Irving Gerstein, or Arthur Hamilton whispered a word about this extraordinary payment?

Meanwhile, here’s how bad it is for the CPC. The man who made Sun News unsellable, Kory Teneycke, is now providing the same service for Stephen Harper.

Let the squirming begin.

August 17, 2015 @ 7:30 AM


Well, how about those Orioles. That was a fun game, lots of runs, lots of hits. Homers were two by Adam jones, two by Gerardo Parra and Caleb joseph. Jimmy Paredes came in late in the game and played third base to give Manny Machado a breather. He made a good defensive play at third base and he did get a double. 1 for 1, but he will probably just be a bench player. They have some new guys called up, Steve Clevenger who is very good and also Henry Urrutia, is okay. My Diamondbacks lost though. That was no good.

August 17, 2015 @ 10:24 AM

Ben V

Somehow Harper went from accepting Nigel Wrights resignation with deep regret to now stating he fired him outright for deception???

Which is harper? hard to get it straight when you are talking out both sides of your mouth.

August 17, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

cross reference

Judge Roy Bean: If a man will steal 5$ he will steal a million.'


If a man will lie about 90,000....

August 17, 2015 @ 12:33 PM


I finally gave into the nags on Windows 8.1 and updated my PC to Windows 10.

I started the process and had settled in on my Mac laptop, as Facebook friends had been saying the install took them 3+ hours. I turned around after 10-15 minutes and was surprised to find it was already done.

I've now spent some time with it. Keeping in mind, for the love of everything, have a backup of your important files/photos/memories/whatever before making a major change like this, I feel like the update is a total no-brainer if you're on Windows 8 or 8.1. Win7 fans might not care much.

I didn't mind Win 8(.1), but the fullscreen app system was beyond stupid for desktop PC users. I just ignored it, and used the Start screen the same way I'd been using the Start menu -- type a few letters in of the application I want to run, and click on the icon that prominently appears. (I HATED the old menu system from Windows 95 and thought Vista was a massive improvement in that regard.)

Sidenote, if you've never tried that feature on a modern version of Windows, I highly recommend you give it a try: Instead of painstakingly moving your cursor through a series of menus, click Start, and just type a few letters, be it "calc" for Calculator, or "no" for Notepad, etc. Also makes the Windows keys on your keyboard more useful.

August 17, 2015 @ 10:59 PM


Orioles won again. Wonderful. Steve Clevenger hit a three run homer. That was awesome. He is a new guy and he is good so far. Chris Tillman got the win and Zach Britton the save. Diamondbacks also won so it was a great night.

August 18, 2015 @ 9:53 AM


I notice that Trudeau numbers got a little better after the debate. I wonder if the attack ads backfired by making the "he's not ready" bar so low that Trudeau just having a decent debate made him look good in comparison

I am kind of surprised (actually probably not too surprise) that people who are so upset about wasting tax money seem to be okay with these never ending "Canada action plan" commercials. If want to talk about waste of money. A commercial using our money to tell us how great the government is in spending our money.

I have a bad feeling the Jays will screw this up. Blue Jays fans/media more than any other local fans tend to celebrate can't miss "great seasons" that end up falling on their faces. I hope not. But I am not confident in them.

August 18, 2015 @ 7:20 PM


My Orioles lost. That was no good. They had to lose to the Mets. It sucked. Also my Diamondbacks lost as well so baseball was not good last night, it really wasn't. I hope tonight is a better night.

August 19, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

Mr. Normal

You lying piece of shit. You cheat on your income taxes.


Psychologically well-balanced Reform (Conservative) Party supporter.

August 19, 2015 @ 5:05 PM


My Orioles won. Glad they came back because they were losing. Henry Urrutia had a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Also Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoup hit home runs. Jimmy Paredes didn't play. He hasn't played for a while. They're benching him. Anyway, Zach Britton got the win. We need to keep it going though. My Diamondbacks lost yet again. They never seem to get over the 500 mark. They may not make the playoffs.

August 20, 2015 @ 9:50 AM

Sir John A.

"The Constitution specifies that a senator must own at least $4,000 worth of property but it also says a senator “shall be resident” in the province he or she is appointed to represent" BUT "Harper maintained the minimum property requirement should be the ONLY test of eligibility". Apparently, Harper thought Canada's constitution didn't apply to a Conservative trying to appoint a shill to the Senate so he could campaign for his party on the public dime. Maybe that's in Nigel Wright's bible.

August 20, 2015 @ 8:12 PM

Sir John A (again)

more cut and paste from a comments section

At first, I thought it was merely a good idea. Now I am convinced that it must happen. Harper should be required to appear in the witness box at Duffy's trial, and be required to give full and complete answers to some very pointed questions -- under oath!

August 20, 2015 @ 8:14 PM


A Winnipeg senior is so disenchanted with the current federal government that she has taken her frustrations to the streets hoping to sway voters' opinions before going to the polls this October.

Doreen Routley, 81, used to be a staunch Conservative.

"I was a real strong supporter of the Progressive Conservatives, but when Brian Mulroney was in, that was the end of my connection with them. Next to Harper, Mulroney is an angel," said Routley.

"He is not truthful, but he is a very persuasive liar."

August 20, 2015 @ 11:35 PM

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