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The Guest Blog, 2003 - 2006

guestblogI launched the Guest Blog service on November 16, 2003. At the time, this site was hand-coded without any CMS, and comments weren't accepted. A Guest Blog was an easy way to promote a sense of interaction. If you had something to say, you could say it.

Now that this site is powered by Movable Type, anyone can comment on anything. For those who enjoy following the comments, a few recent changes have made this much easier. Recent comments are now displayed on the Recent Posts, Recent Comments & Categories page and you can subscribe to the comments RSS feed at http://feeds2.feedburner.com/TorontoMikeComments.

Over the years there were many guest blog entries, and you'll find them all archived right here. Frequent contributions were made by Jill/jewelgurl, twins in bolton, Roshan, James, Vanessa, The Grinch, Kara, Annemarie and Mike H. If you guys or anyone else wants me to write about something in particular, contact me.

If you're looking for one page that lists every page on this site including RSS feeds, the site map is always current. The Guest Blog had three good years, but now it's mainly used by evil doers as a tool for spamming me. She did not go gently into that good night.

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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 the Maple Leafs seem to have picked up speed and are ready to take a crack at the playoffs! It seems to be a lot more exciting than last year and last year was actually great! Buffalo seems to be all conquering and will be one of the favs to win the Cup. Pittsburgh seems to have the team of the future - let them come to Hamilton. I even heard that Ballsile wants to build a new stadium in Kitchener-Waterloo. Nah, Hamilton is cool! Although my friends in Winnipeg want a team there. And what about Quebec City?

      Roshan

On December 2, 2005 I wrote this Leafs recap following a 4-0 win over the Panthers. You'll see we were 15-9-3 at the time. We all know what happened last season. Still, I'm cautiously optimistic.

I wouldn't bet on a team coming to Hamilton. As neat as it would be, I can't imagine it happening.

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

Good Afternoon Canada & and Toronto Residents Specially,

As I watch the day approach when hopefully the Bush Gang in Washington D.C. will get its comeuppance in the upcoming mid term American election. As of late I have been reminded, ever so horribly, that we Canadians live in the greatest country in the world. We have one of our citizens now living, as an American citizen named Mr. Michael J. Fox in the U.S.A. Mr. Fox, has publicly supported a Democrat Candidate in the State of Missouri. Of late Mr.Fox has been viciously attacked by a Republican mouth piece named Rush Limbaugh. I'm sure this is all common knowledge, but I think the recent attack from a pill popping hypocrite launched on a man with Parkinson's Disease is way over the line.

It pleases me to think the actions of a Canadian is in effect, the last nail in the coffin for republican hopes to win key ridings in November. Mr. Michael J. Fox was born in Edmonton, Canada and lived in Burnaby B.C. I know the area of Burnaby quite well; but I never thought much of Burnaby outside of the fact that a great hockey player "Burnaby Joe" [Sakic] is also from Burnaby. I so wished he played for the Leafs.

All of the Coulters. Limbaughs, & O' Rielly's can't (I hope) save this one. When I see a man with a terrible disease being kicked by a republication fanatic I can only thank my lucky stars I'm a Canadian. It's wonderful how a Canadian will play so much into the republican downfall come the first week of November. The system works.

Drew C. The Leaf fan in B.C.

In case you've been living under a rock, here's Michael J. Fox's endorsement ad and here's Limbaugh's disgusting retort. The entire episode turned my stomach. I almost wrote about it a few times, but I figured there were enough people throwing their two cents in that bucket.

Another Canadian said it best. Let's impeach the President.

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

Many things to tell you - the first is that I bought a new computer finally! I have waited more than three years since my very very old but faithful (bought in Dec 1996) Pentium 100 died on me. I had had three hard disk drives crash on me and the last straw was the SMPS & mother board dieing. Now that I can afford to get a new one, I got an AMD Cempron, 80 GB HD, spanking new pc that I got assembled. And for the first time in my life, I am now online from home!!! I am so excited about it.

Excited about the new NHL season although my Sens have not started well. I hope Toronto & Vancouver does well so that we can have all 6 Canadian teams in the playoffs and perhaps even an all-Canadian Western & Eastern finals with an all-Canadian Stanley Cup finals (with Ottawa winning ofcourse). And what's this I hear, Jim Ballsile has bought the Penguins? Is it adios Pittsburgh and hello Hamilton? I can imagine the Copps Coliseum rocking with a full capacity crowd egging on the team. What do u think the new team should be called if they move to Hamilton? The Hamilton Hammers, Hamilton Heroes, Hamilton Beavers?????

      Roshan

I hate to burst Hamilton's bubble, but this is yet another tease. Hamilton isn't getting an NHL team. I'd watch for the Las Vegas Penguins, although Hamilton Beavers has a nice ring to it.

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

Could mister Harper be a Leafs fan? He won't say. But, there be speculation afoot, and his being all smiles when they scored last night is certainly fueling that fire. Can't say it'd surprise me, seeing as he *is* Toronto born, but... the irony of it is just too amusing. I wonder if this will spark the all too familiar Senators crowd's irritation level a little...

      James

I saw our Prime Minister favouring the blue and white. You're right, he's a native Torontonian. His good taste in hockey teams is one of his only admirable qualities.

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

Well well well, what do you think Mike the leaf's are off on their quest for the stanley cup. Most likley a version of Monty Python's quest for the Holly Grail, bumbling around like a bunch of morons.

Will the leafs average more than one goal per game this year? probalbly not who the hell is going to score other than Mats?

It's going to be a long year Mikey

      the grinch

When Paul Maurice realizes that Aubin is his best bet between the pipes and if someone other than Mats can figure out how to score, we'll win some games and an 8th place finish in the conference is not out of the question. Of course, a 12th place finish isn't out of the question either. Sigh.

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Clarington Coverage Of upcoming Municipal Election:

I have posted twice in this forum to share updates on the municipal election here in Clarington. During my initial post I was made aware of a website that specifically focuses on the happenings of Clarington: http://claringtonwatchdog.blogspot.com/

As noted in my posts there is certainly a lot of contraversy and interest from the community members of Clarington and this specific site has received alot of heat and has come under attack for some of their posts.

I too have made some blog entries on my website: http://jewelgurl.blogspot.com/2006_09_01_archive.html#8544744827624956196 related to the election and last night I received an anonymous warning posted on my comments.........hmmmmmmmmmm, things are definately heating up.

      Jill

This reminds me of a documentary I saw once about a mayoral race in New Jersey. Don't f with Clarington.

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Today I celebrated my grandmother's 100th Birthday at her nursing home in Ajax. Two of her 3 sons are still alive & I went for my Dad who passed away in 1991. Mentally she is very limited & physically she's like an 80 year old. Still able to walk but spends most her time in her wheelchair. A larger party to be held on Sunday with more of the family.

Living to be 100 - I don't think so. Her father lived to 98 years with both legs amputated during WW1.

      dale

Happy birthday to Dale's Grandmother! Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sends messages to Canadians who are 100 years of age or older. Did you make the request?

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Clarington Coverage Of upcoming Municipal Election

As of September 12 Clarington now has six candidates for Mayor. Things are definately heating up with former Mayor Diane Hamre entering into the campaign arena. This latest canidate has declared she is running in this election because she wants to get Council "back on track to the station called democracy." There is a perception of Clarington council that they do not provide a forum for residents to engage in open dialogue or debate issues with council. They are left feeling dismissed and often bullied. Another perception of our current council is that they are developer friendly and in the last election Mayor Mutton raised over $40,000 in campaign contributions. Approx. $1600 of it was from private individuals, and the rest was from mostly developers and contractors. It is nice to see that already a couple of new candidates have declared that they will NOT accept donations from the development industry or companies who do business with the municipality.

I am hopeful that an increase in interest by candidates will be reflected by an increase in voter interest/turnout this November.

It should also be noted that the salary for position of mayor, escalated in the last six years from about eighty thousand dollars to over one hundred and fifty thousand per year with travel expenses.In June of 2005, it was reported that the mayor's mileage allowance from $570 a month to $1,293. What does the mayor of Toronto make per year? I do believe it is considerably less, and for a much bigger population and area. No wonder there is six people running for this mayorâ s seat here.

      Jill

It sounds as if your Mayoral election is a great deal more exciting than ours. Ours, it seems, is a mere formality. David Miller will have to be caught eating babies to blow this one, and even then he stands a solid chance of being re-elected.

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Tie Domi retired today with an emotional press conference at the ACC. A player with LIMITED ability yet played 1022 games in the NHL - sheer determination & the want to play. Too bad our Leafs of this year aren't the same & won't be without Tie in the ROOM. He wanted to stay a Leaf & when no contract offered to him he decided it was time.

Good luck Tie

      twins from bolton

I was about to write about Tie Domi's retirement, but I see twins from bolton beat me to it.

He's our all-time penalty-minutes leader and he ranks third in the NHL with 3, 515 minutes in the box. He came up for a couple of games in 1989-1990 but he returned for good during the 1994-1995 season. During those eleven years he played with a great deal of heart. Remember this fight with a Flyers fan and this fight with Bob Probert while with the Rangers? More importantly from this fan's perspective, who will ever forget this? I certainly never will.

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