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From cbc.ca: "The governing party is corrupt," [Steven Harper] said, repeating an argument he has been making for weeks.

"It is in the process of ruining the nation's finances with the biggest vote-buying spree in Canadian history ... and it's doing tremendous damage to the cause of federalism in Quebec."

I love how he can say that with a straight face while he has allied himself with the party whose sole purpose is to eliminate federalism in Quebec and separate from Canada. What a boob.

      Mike H.

A boob indeed. I'm still upset over his "deal with the devil" statement when Paul Martin and Jack Layton struck a deal. That statement was ludicrous on so many levels and now he's suddenly worried about Federalism? Holy hypocrisy Batman!

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

Canada is still the number one nation in hockey. From what I read only 8 of the squad played in any league this season hence reaching the final is a great testimate to their skills. Oh & Ryan Smyth is the boss!!

Although I am Indian, in the areas of music, sports (mainly hockey) & movies - I am Canadian. Barenaked Ladies are the best!!

      Roshan

I whole heartedly agree that Canada is the number one nation in hockey. There's no doubt. Sure, we finished a disappointing second in this year's World Championship, but we won this tournament the last two years as well as the World Cup of Hockey in late summer and the last Olympic gold medal. We're ranked number one for a reason, we're the best.

Since you mentioned the Barenaked Ladies, I feel obliged to trot down memory lane to a time long ago when I went to Sam the Record Man near Yonge and Dundas to pick up their indie cassette. It included a few tunes that would later appear on Gordon as well as a fun cover of Public Enemy's "Fight the Power". In these early days of Barenaked mania, an hour didn't go by when they weren't being spun on CFNY. Funnily enough, CFNY Edge 102 won't touch the band now. They've gone way too MOR, but we'll always have the memories of that awesome indie cassette. Drove downtown in the rain...

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

Tomorow morning - May 5th, I will be waking up at 5:05.05am on 05/05/05 to see if something unforseen happens. I'm a fan of numerology (being an estimator) & can't wait until 6:06.06 am on 06/06/06. Next year I will get another 1hour & 1 minute sleep.

      Twins from bolton

05:05.05 on 05/05/05 is pretty cool, but I'm still sleeping in until 6. Next year I'll post an entry at precisely 06:06.06 on 06/06/06. With any luck, it will be about the Maple Leafs' first round sweep of the Sens.

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

Re: Who we can and can't vote for.

The idea of throwing your vote away for someone perceived as a no-hope candidate/party is nothing more than a self-fulfilling prophecy. The only reason that you think that way is because everyone else does too. If we could somehow break that mentality then perhaps we'd have a better shot at getting the right people for the job in office.

      Mike H.

Of course you're right, but to this day I blame Nader for Dubya's victory in 2000. I remember Pearl Jam supporting his bid and urging their fans to vote for him, and we all know how slim that Dubya "victory" was.

The fact of the matter is the NDP will not win a federal election. My fear in voting for that party is that it will, in essence, help the Conservative Party candidate in my riding win, and that would kill me. Is it a self-fulfilling prophesy or an unfortunate reality. I'd say it's both.

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Today I went to Fox.com as I enjoy checking the grid to see what is happening on the tube across all major networks. They have a video clip playing right now to promote Family Guy's return to TV. I found it hillarious. But Peter Griffin's voice seemed different. Am I crazy?? The answer, sadly, is yes. But check it out. Funny skit.

      Ryan

Very funny. The return of "Family Guy" to Sunday nights will be great. In a perfect world, Sunday nights on Fox would include both "Family Guy" and "Arrested Development" joining "The Simpsons". The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.

By the way, Peter Griffin's voice sounded the same, it's just really crappy audio. I'm sure he's still voiced by Seth MacFarlane.

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

It is now flurrying in Bolton at 7:45pm on Apr. 20 - one day after it reached 27 degrees C yesterday. No wonder why people are sick. Shorts to Toques & mitts. WHY such a change in less than 24 hrs? A freind of mine on CP24 (BJ DelConte) re: the weather said this will be the norm for the next while as the Ozone layer is decaying & sh** is happening that should't be. If you remember last year it snowed out West in June & it started snowing in early October last year here & 1 week later it was 30 degrees C. Are we in for 6-7 months of unpredictable weather every year? This is scary. So much for Wiarton Willy.

      Twins From Bolton

We are getting some wild temp swings lately. There aren't any flurries here in Toronto yet, but they are calling for a low of 1°C tonight. Last night I went outside around 22:00 and it was balmy. Mother Nature, apparently, is suffering from bi-polar disorder.

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I am the estimating mgr. of one of the largest printing companies in North America & I could not beleive one of the calls I got today. Some print broker from the U.S. wanted to print 25,000 or 50,000 sets of 100 trading cards of Pope John Paul II - including 2 pics of his assassination attempt in 1981. I immediately thought this was not humanly right. I called the Prez. & vice Prez. & after some discussion ("we could make lots of money on this project") I declined to give this A-HOLE a price. I told him we were not interested in providing the services he wanted & I said (tongue in cheek - You SOB - hopefully you get the same response from everyone you call). We were the 10th & all before said the same. Some money grabbing facility will jump & produce these cards - they are to be on the market before the end of April. What's next - OJ, Robert Blake & Michael Jackson sets? These papal cards will be worthless & hopefully nobody buys them - you will probably see them on ebay in the next few months for 25 times their actual cost.

It's too bad our world has come to this - Money is the root of all EVIL.

      Twins From Bolton

Your story reminds me of an article I read a while back about serial killers trading cards. Somewhere, somehow there was a market for these cards of Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer and the like. That was sick glorification of mass murderers, but I don't think Pope John Paul II trading cards are so horrible an idea if they were done tastefully. If they are meant to honour him and praise his accomplishments, they're merely harmless slices of cheese, right?

I'd still stick with my O-Pee-Chee cards of Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew when they were with the California Angels. I've got a great Rollie Fingers with a handle bar moustache you just can't find these days. Now that's a collectible.

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Politics from both sides of the ring.

      Political Grind

Ok, I give up. I don't have the slightest idea what you're talking about. I'm a fan of the subtle and obscure, but this is ridiculous.

Besides, wasn't Crossfire cancelled?

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I think it is a feeble excuse to blame a pope for not practicing one's faith. It is true that the Pope is indeed the head of the Roman Catholic church but to have faith and not to practice a religion bc of conflict in interest with this leader is an injustice to oneself. There are very few Catholics who listen to all the teachings of the Pope. 1.1 billion people must make choices in their faith that impact them. Birth control is an example of this. We are intelligent beings who sometimes must diregard aspects of a religion bc we do know what is best in some situations for our lives. This makes us higher intelligent beings with thought processes that are very developed. We often alter some aspects of the Catholic religion. Taking all this into account if the Pope's teachings are still not for you then find another religion (of which there are many) not controlled by a Pope. If one has no belief or religious conviction that is one thing. But if one believes and does have faith then leaving the Catholic Church for this confuses me?

This entry is in response to my Lapsed Catholic entry from earlier in the month. It's a good entry and I'm more than happy to respond.

You state there are very few Catholics who listen to all the teachings of the Pope. You're absolutely right. In Catholic elementary school, we learned about safe sex, despite the fact the Church views birth control as a sin. We learned about birth control because our school system exists in the real world and realizes that teens will have sex for reasons other than a will to reproduce. If we merely pick and choose which Catholic beliefs to share, doesn't that tarnish the integrity of the practice? If few Catholics are listening to the Church, why is the Church continuing to preach these archaic values? I believe it's because many do follow the word of the Pope and that's the problem. Parts of the world are dangerously overpopulated and the AIDs epidemic in Africa is entirely devastating. Partially at fault for this is the Catholic Church. Should we turn a blind eye because there are other, positive attributes of this religion?

I'll close by clarifying the difference between one's faith and one's religion. I continue to retain many of the values intertwined with Catholicism. Unlike many in my circle, I believe in God and speak with him often. I continue to have faith, it's the organized aspect of religion that I've all but abandoned. Religion is man made whereas faith is divine. Faith and religion are not one and the same.

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

RBI Baseball = The Shit

Yeah, I've been missing my old 8-bit Nintendo for a while now. Yesterday I revealed that RBI Baseball was my favourite game back in '89 so I concur that it's the shit.

I was surfing around looking for screen caps of this game and I found this. I loved the use of actual player names with their actual attributes. I loved playing a running game with lots of stolen bases, hit and runs and even suicide squeezes. The St. Louis Cardinals were perfect for this, chock full of intense speed at the top of the order. Good times...

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