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NFL Hall of Fame or PRO football Hall of Fame.That is the?

Sorry Dan Marino - Damon Allen has to be there.

Unbeleivable stats. He is still playing - fortunateley for the ARGOOOOOOOOOOS!! Many more yards to come Dan!!!!!!!

      dwr

You know my thoughts on the subject. If they want to rename it the NFL Hall of Fame, that's fine, but so long as it's the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Damon belongs.

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

We are having a municipal election this fall and our current mayor is seeking re-election for his third term. Currently he has been charged with two counts of assault in June. Recently he pled not guilty to both charges and a two day trial is scheduled for late January. Due to a publication ban there is little information on this matter. Interestingly enough Longtime Clarington councillor Jim Schell has abandoned plans for retirement and thrown his hat in the ring to run for mayor. Schell was a member of John Muttons campaign team until just last week. Now John Mutton is accusing his opponent of running to facilitate his win by vote splitting. This is only the beginning and already I am sensing some negative campaign tactics. Election time in Bowmanville has never seen so much excitement and scandal.

      Jill

Ya know, we don't get enough covereage of exciting Bowmanville news here in Toronto. A Google News search for Bowmanville Ontario assures me the only newsworthy action in Bowmanville revolves around Mosport. We want covereage of Schell vs. Muttons!

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DR. PILL
Occasionally I am sucked into watching the Dr. Phil Show with a young person who gets great delight from it - a sort of sanitized, upscale Jerry Springer show in which, usually, everyone gently swats a paw in the air and hisses "meow" ever so politely, rather than the all-out alley-catfights over the ends of which Jerry pontificates.

So it was earlier this week as we watched a preview of the next day's program in which an Exorcist-like scream was issuing from the mouth of an apparently seriously disturbed young woman.

We got our popcorn and lime-salsa corn chips ready for five o'clock the next day and discovered, to our horror, that the girl - Amanda - was being stalked (by a private eye) and manhandled (by any number of people); her privacy was invaded by her Gorgon of a mother and her older sister - who clearly was anointed by Mommy to do her evil bidding - while she was trying to have a shower, all because she possibly had a cell phone which she used to talk to her boyfriend, not Mom-approved and branded as a "gypsy" by Mom and consequently "too good" for her child and who knows what else.

Here is the problem:

You are sixteen and you are in love; your parents' disapproval of your beloved only confirms that s/he is wonderful and right for you; of course the more you are pulled apart the more tightly you cling to one another. Didn't ANYONE in that family - or Dr. Pill, for that matter, read Romeo and Juliet?

You buy a cell phone - perhaps Romeo and Juliet might not have died if they'd had cell phones - to talk to your beloved. The more Mom pushes, the farther she pushes you into your beloved's corner, until one day you decide - I am going with my beloved to the ends of the earth - and you leave.

Now Mom is as enraged as the Sea Witch in the Little Mermaid. She tells everyone that you must have been "abducted" by "gypsies" who probably will lead you into a life of crime. (It transpires, near the end of the show, that Amanda and her boyfriend, George, have been seeing one another since she was FOURTEEN - just like Juliet, and where has Mom been in those two years? Why let Amanda have a boyfriend at 14 and be so antagonistic two years later? If, as she claimed, the boyfriend and his family were not good enough for her precious daughter, why did she not terminate the relationship sooner?). She transmutes her wrath into a piteous howl that she aims at the Dr. Pill show and - like blind fools - they jump in. Now you are going to be hunted like an animal, caught and bagged, bundled up and shipped back to the zoo that is your place of origin - the mind baulks at the terms "family" and "home", both of which suggest love, harmony, trust and stability, and none of which are in evidence on Dr. Pill's self-congratulatory show-and-tell. You are lied to and emotionally and mentally abused - where are the social workers? Do the authorities think abuse has to be physical in order to do damage?

There is a term in psychiatry/psychology - "scapegoating" - to denote the family member who unwittingly becomes the "cause" of everyone's ills and dissatisfactions, and Amanda is the scapegoat in that family. Nobody tells Mom or the 20-year-old, still-living-at-home sister that YOU DON'T GO INTO THE BATHROOM WHEN SOMEBODY ELSE IS HAVING A SHOWER UNLESS THEY'VE SLIPPED AND SPLIT THEIR HEAD!. The sister is the surrogate for Mommy when Mommy ineffectually goes into the bathroom first and returns empty-handed. The father? Seemed a bit of a cipher, which is always bad, no matter the sex of one's children. Children require strong, moral, sympathetic and kindly role models of both sexes in order to grow into strong, moral, sympathetic and kindly adults who understand the opposite sex and the fact that one can have disagreements or fights in a family but they won't be held against you in aeternam - that is something else that seemed to be lacking in that family.

Of course, there are two reactions to being scapegoated - to wilt and to become defiant - and thankfully Amanda is of the latter persuasion or there would be no hope for her at all. She would graduate from her family with the rank of Prize Doormat, surely an honour beyond words.

This is what Dr. Pill should have done:

1) Not reunite Amanda and her family until he had the TRUTH from both sides, and had had the opportunity to think deeply about the family dynamics.

2) Spoken to George, got a true picture of George, his intentions, his family, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, what it was about George's family that was so much more appealing than her own (one can guess).

3) Had a no-holds-barred counselling session with each family member.

4) Given a cell phone to each family member so that they can communicate with one another from a distance, which is the only way these people seem able to deal with one another without triggering aneurysms.

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A Note About "Minors".

In Amanda's jurisdiction a person is considered a "minor child" until the age of 18. Many of the more rabid posts on the Dr. Pill website support corporal punishment, withholding of privileges, intrusions into her privacy, as though they are Constitutionally sanctioned and protected rights of the parents.

Here's news for you: A person of 16, 17, 18, may be "minor" but no longer is a "child", and should not be treated as such.

AND You cannot teach a person to be civil, respectful, honest, by lying, cheating and being overbearing tyrants. And if you truly think that as a parent you should be able to lie, cheat and be overbearing in order to impose your will (what it is all about) on them, I feel sorry for your children - there is no hope for you.

posted by bluemlein at Saturday, April 22, 2006
©2006 bluemlein

      bluemlein

I always laugh when I see Dr. Pill because he looks so much like Hank Kingsley. Hey now!

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My life is somewhat complete - too bad it's 35 years too late. With my son playing BBall tonight at Keelesdale Park where I used to play 35 or so years ago I was coaching 1st base & after the 1st inning I went the through vistor's dugout to get to ours when I thought I saw someone familiar. A coach on the York team whom I played with recognized me & we talked breifly. He married the hottest girl in grade 8 & all through high school & he said make sure you see Gloria in the stands during the game. As soon as I walked out of the dugout she saw me & came over & gave me the BEST KISS ever (next to my wife). I told her that I as many boys did, had a MAJOR crush on her throughout school & then she said "I had one on you as well". I didn't know.

I was a SHY kid.

I missed most of the next inning recollecting the past.

In my mind I hit for the cycle & also a Grand slam tonight.

p.s. we lost the game 10-8 (maybe due to my distraction)- but it was worth it.

      twins from bolton

That's a very cool story.

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Evgeni Malkin has become a dissident & disappeared from his Russian hockey team & nobody knows where he his - except Mr. Lemieux. He's coming to Pittsburg & see him in the NHL in 2006-7. Pittsburg a team to be reckoned with this year.

      dale

So, Malky has pulled a Mogilny, has he? I haven't been this excited about a defection since Miroslav Ihnacak.

The Penguins should be a great deal better than they were last season, but don't go etching Evgeni's name in Lord Stanley's Mug just yet. Much like the awful Penguin teams in Mario's early years, there's going to be some growing pains before the Pens are true contenders. Still, they have young blue chippers, something my beloved Leafs so dearly lack.

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I voiced my concern then in the comments about how these are hardcore criminals and need to be treated as such. Laws need to be passed that force judges to automatically deny bail to offenders charged with gun or gang-related crimes these. Hopefully your readers will find this link reinforces my point.

      Jill

It's a compelling argument, but in the article Craig Penney makes a statement that's difficult to argue with. He says, "I think nobody would disagree in principle with the general proposition that you shouldn’t be punished for a crime you didn’t commit. Essentially, when you have no bail, that’s what happens.”

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Rants & Raves:

1. Evgeni Malkin wants to play in the NHL but his team & superiors have signed him for another year in Russia. WHY?
2. Jacques Villeneuve parts ways with his Formula 1 team - WHY again? He took the $ for a team that has no idea of racing (his own words). Move on Jacques & go to NASCAR as Paul Tracy should.
3. Our Jays are dieing fast. 2 starting pithchers & that's it. Next year. Mr. GM your time is up. MR. GILLICK where are you? Can't compete when it's time.
4. The Maple Laffs - what have we done is the post season. a couple of defensemen but nobody up front. Raycroft a backup goalie. Who's on first?
5. The weather - 2 major storms in the past 2 weeks & the winds are starting again now with rain forecasted tonight.
6. The Baseball trading deadline last week is a JOKE - players are moving still today - waivers because of hefty contracts.
7. ARGO'S - Mr. Austin your were the scapegoat with what players you had due to injuries. Not your fault. Where is the scouting staff?
8. I still have my family & that's my RAVE.
9. It's the long weekend & I'm enjoyin' it.

      dale

1. I'm guessing the Metallurg Magnitogorsk wanted mondo cash to release Malkin. It sounds like the Penguins will have to wait one more year.
2. I think Villenueve will end up in Nascar next year. He can DNF there for a while.
3. The Jays are done. If Gillick won't come home, we'll see if Bryan Colangelo wants the gig.
4. Who will score for the Leafs? There's Mats and... Yikes. Look for half the goals to come from the blue liners.
5. The Star says it's getting windier in the GTA, and I think they're right. The thing about wind is that it totally blows.
6. Does this mean it's not to late to trade A.J.?
7. Austin got a raw deal. Did they think our 63 year old quarterback was so invincible no decent backup was required?
8. Family rules.
9. Thank you Lord Simcoe, whoever you are.

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Mon dieu!
Gott in Himmel!!
Etc. etc, etc.

What an absolutely FABULOUS storm last night here in jolly ol' Snelgrove. While all I hear around me is the whinge and whine of whittering neighbours, I'm ogling the incredible darkness desperately awaiting that next awesome flash and spell-binding fork of lightning! Odd - so much lightning - but so little thunder! My heart is louder than the expected cacophony I want to hear. The rain lashes at times, but is, in the main, quiet and tremulous - hiding in the shadows of the magnificent clouds.

Man - I love thunderstorms! Yeah, I know, they're dangerous and destructive - but not as d-n-d as good ol' Homo Sapiens, eh?

And so much more impressive!

      Papa Tango

Papa Tango, you nailed the proverbial nail on the head. It's anger as beauty. I was thinking the same thing while peering out my window last night. It's all so dangerous but totally captivating. It was so dark, so windy and so quiet, but there was a brilliant light show that we Homo Sapiens just can't mimic.

It was a great storm and today we enjoy sweet relief from the heat. I'd say it's worth a little danger for a win-win like that.

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Have you ever had a situation whereby you thought you had a close friend(s) & when you needed him or her they weren't there.

Such is the case with myself with 2 very close friends & their families the last year with deaths in my Immediate family & they weren't their for support. Feeble excuses.

I heard Positively 4th Street (Bob Dylan) on the way home from work & it hit the nail on the head. The lyrics opened my eyes.

Listen to the words - Do I forward these lyrics to these people.

I'm debating. My heart or my head?

      dale

It's funny, but I've been thinking similar thoughts lately. You won't know who's a real friend until you're in trouble. Fair-weather friends are a dime a dozen. A true friend through the rough patches is a far rarer gem.

In regards to your question, the lyrics are spot on, but I wouldn't send them. They've done you a favour. Now you let sleeping dogs lie.

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Since you like Homer Simpson's quotes so much, I have one for you which they show here on the ad for the show and cracks me up everytime I hear it. This is Homer after getting stuck in the dog enterance of their door : "Oh Why must I be so volouptous?". Haha haha, just writing it makes me laugh!

      Roshan

Homer is wise.

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