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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

This might be unpopular, and it's definitly touchy. Why are reservations in such horrible shape? How is it that most other communities in this nation are able to maintain their public services? Could it be that all of the services that we take for granted take money to pay for, money that we all pay in taxes?

Yes, the aboriginal peoples of Canada were here first. Yes, the European colonists and their progeny abused the natives horribly, marginalized their culture, did just about anything else that you can think of that today would result in charges of genocide and massive human rights violations.

I hate to be totally insensitive about this but...it's over. Canada is a country of a thousand cultures. I don't see why the native culture couldn't survive if the reservations were dissolved, the treaties scrapped, and all these people just become citizens of Canada like the rest of us.

I admit, I'm ignorant. I don't understand. Someone please educate me why this culture cannot seem to survive without our help, but refuses to be a part of our culture as well.

      Mike H.

You're right, that is a touchy subject.

John Stackhouse wrote an excellent series of articles where he investigated our "quiet apartheid that segregates, and thus weakens, native and non-native society". Not surprisingly, his final installment in the series is entitled "End the segregation". Integration seems to be the only sensible course of action on 2005. In my humble opinion, segregation promotes racism.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

I guess you must have missed it or did not have chance to post it yet - but my Ottawa Senators just thrashed your Maple Leafs 8-0. EIGHT to NOTHING. SENS 8 LEAFS 0. :)

Not to brag, cause I really like the Maple Leafs. If they win the Stanley Cup, I will be among the first non-Toronto residents (or lower Ontario for that matter) to give them a big hand.

Still, the Sens thrashed you 8-0. Dany Heatley Zindabad.

      Roshan

Unfortunately, I didn't miss it. The day I miss Hockey Night in Canada is the day you can bury my soul-less body because I've passed on. I was there for the the drop of the puck and quickly realized it was going to be one of those nights. I post my recaps the next morning so I can get a more accurate picture as to where we are in the divisional standings following the game.

The Toronto Maple Leafs Zindabad!

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

My jaw remains fully dropped over your comments on the Tea Party. Truly one of the top 10 Canadian BANDS of all time. Although I am saddened by the end of this chapter of the boy's career, I would consent that their latest offering was their weakest. The River was only the start of the many killer tunes that would follow, The Bazaar, The whole Transmission CD, Sister awake etc... I would take The Tea Party over OLP at any Edgefest, (and have). They were always a fun band to watch live, and the comparison to Morrison is so 1995 they proved their music chops many times over.

R.I.P. Tea Party, we await further incarnations...

Thanks For All The Music.

      Carter

I've been hearing from the small contingent of Tea Party fans all day because of what I said. Granted, they had a few tunes that didn't cause me to dive for the radio dial but I've never felt an urge to add them to my collection of 1029 discs.

"Temptation", "Heaven Coming Down" and "Walking Wounded" are in my collection though, thanks to Big Shiny Tunes. "Heaven Coming Down", in fact, appeared on an edition of SLS. It must have been a pretty damn weak half-year.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

It's 9:15pm Tuesday Oct. 18/05 - a FULL MOON. I'm standing out in my backyard & see an interesting phenomenon. As the clouds (thin cirrus) travel in front of the moon they disappear directly in their path in front of the moon. A line of no clouds with clouds everywhere else. Why?

      twins in bolton

The Moon never gets enough respect. It's up there all the time and it's a part of every night of our lives yet we rarely talk about her. She's the second brightest object in the sky after the Sun, and only about 384,403 kilometers away, yet the Sun hogs all the attention.

I mean, check her out. She's absolutely gorgeous. Why wouldn't the clouds part for her?

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Hey Mike,

What goes into your 'intricate analysis' for all of these definitive songs? Might I suggest some alternatives?

      Anthony

I meditate on each artist for approximately 30 seconds and await the playing of their definitive song in my id. Sometimes it's obvious, sometimes there's room for a great deal of debate. It's far from a totally objective exercise.

Once I post a block of ten, I usually hear it from a bunch of people telling me I'm wrong about this choice or that. Yesterday I was told I got Radiohead and Sarah McLachlan wrong but I still believe I got them right. Anyone can submit a Guest Blog Entry and make a case for an alternative tune. Looking at the block of ten I listed yesterday, for example, I'm well aware that ten people would reference ten different Beatles song as their definitive track. My favourite Beatles song is "A Day In The Life" and their most popular song is probably "Hey Jude" yet I went went with what was behind door #3. Go figure.

At the end of the day, the purpose of these lists is to ignite debate and thought on the subject. If I got you thinking about what The Flaming Lips' definitive song is, I've accomplished my goal.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Hey Mike & torontomike.com readers. I just wanted to say a quick hello, as I hadn't been online for 5 days due to a hectic work schedule. I wanted to share this cool pic I found while surfing the net today. It's truly great!

      Roshan

I like! I like!

I took a cool shot of our flag last weekend. Here it is.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

I sense a little bit of dissention with your future sister in law - hopefully all is in fun!! If not things will get worse when they gets married. I've been there after living common law for 7 years & decided to get married. Things will change once the ring is on the finger.

If the last entries are TRUE feelings between you both - mend things now.

      Anonymous

No worries...

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

First of all, my statement regarding politicians was meant to be a joke and second of all, you're a jerk. I rest my case, be-atch.

      Vanessa

Welcome to the family...

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

I feel the need to defend myself here. I did know that the Vice President was (and still is) Dick Cheney, but when someone fires questions at me, in the obvious attempt to make me feel stupid, I tend to get a little flustered. Besides, who really cares? Politicians are all pretty much the same anyway.

      Vanessa

I rest my case.

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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Great news Mike!

Congratulations to Steve and Vanessa.

Does this mean you'll be nicer to your future sister-in-law and stop making her cry?

      Anonymous

I remember the situation as if it was yesterday. I merely asked her who the Vice President of the United States was. She didn't know and Steve and I had a little fun with her ignorance. C'mon! How the hell could she not know who's the VP of our big bad neighbours? If I can't pick on her a little for that, the terrorists have already won.

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