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March 5th, 2009

04:48 pm: LEAFS RANT!
I've never ranted about hockey before, but after seeing what the Toronto Maple Leafs did on draft day, I feel the need to. When it comes to hockey, I consider myself a fan, but I'm not an avid fan. However, because I live in the Toronto market, I've gotten familiar with the Leafs, though I don't consider them my favourite team. I understand that they are rebuilding, and I am quite happy that they've FINALLY committed themselves to doing that, some of their moves on the trade deadline day irked me.

Here is a list of the moves Toronto made on deadline day:

Claimed G Martin Gerber off waivers from Ottawa.

Claimed D Erik Reitz off waivers from NY Rangers.

Traded F Nik Antropov to NY Rangers for a 2nd round draft pick and another conditional pick.

Traded F Dominic Moore to Buffalo for a 2nd round draft pick.

Traded D Richard Petiot to Tampa for G Olaf Kolzig, D Jamie Heward, D Andy Rogers, and a 4th round draft pick.

They also assigned F Tim Stapleton to the Marlies and will do the same with D Jonas Frogren once Reitz is cleared to play, which will likely be by the weekend.

I like that they traded for draft picks, as that is key in rebuilding, however I could have done without sacrificing Moore to get one of them. Ever since Moore came to the Leafs last season, he's been my favourite player on the team, and I feel he could have helped in the rebuilding process. Antropov, on the other hand, I don't really care for and am glad to see him gone, though I wish that Ponikarovsky could have gone as well. The one trade I'm confused about is the one with Tampa. It looks like Toronto was Tampa's dumping ground so Tampa could free up some cap space. Kolzig won't even play the rest of the season as he is out with injury. As for Gerber and Reitz, I'm not sure about Reitz, he could be a good addition, but I just don't know. Gerber is kinda needed right now with Toskala down for the rest of the season, though he's not as good as Toskala. Gerber was more of a desperation move. One thing I also noticed is that while they traded two forwards, they didn't get any in return, which leaves them quite thin up front. They also did quite the opposite on defense, so now they have a glut of defensemen, though that may be corrected in the offseason when Kubina and Kaberle are expected to be moved. Since I have different thoughts depending on the individual trade, I'm not sure of my overall feelings on the moves as a whole. I guess my overall reaction is frustration. I just hope they address the thinness up front in the offseason.

On a side note, I consider the Calgary Flames my favourite team, and they appear to have improved the most coming out of the trade deadline. I'd just wish I could follow them a little easier.

February 20th, 2009

08:01 pm: Too good not to pass up commenting on
http://www.411mania.com/music/news/96791/MC-Hammer-&-Vanilla-Ice-To-Do-Show-Together.htm

Yes, you read the article right. MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice are doing a show together later this month. And yes, it is being held, in all places, UTAH! So basically the two biggest flash-in-the-pans from early 90's hip-hop are doing a show together in, as Robin Williams says, "the whitest state in the Union". I don't know what's worse, the fact that those two are doing a show together or that it is in Utah.

February 12th, 2009

03:29 pm: Anti-Valentines Day: My new holiday
I have decided that the holiday Anti-Valentines Day should be created as a counter to that guilt trip called Valentines Day. Here's the details: Anti-Valentines Day will be celebrated every February 13th as a holiday for single people who feel isolated by Valentines Day. It will be celebrated by doing something completely unromantic (i.e. watching a horror movie). Since it is a newly created holiday, feel free to add to it as you will, keeping in line with the Anti-Valentines theme of course.

December 4th, 2008

03:44 pm: Hockey and Politics, from an email I recieved
Politics

Having decided that the Detroit Redwings technically won the 2008 Stanley Cup, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars have formed a coalition demanding a three way ownership of the league title.

Rationale for their decision revolves around their total combined scoring in the 2008 Semi-Finals, their total share of season ticket holders versus the Detroit Redwings and their horror at discovering the Detroit Redwings are using a more cost effective and efficient but non-union made Silver polish to keep the Stanley Cup gleaming.

The three teams are being assisted in their bid to overturn the traditional results by members of the Quebec Hockey League who have no real interest in the success of the NHL in general but sense an opportunity to demand Zambonis and other critical equipment be manufactured in Quebec.

Player representatives, Team Owners and Nike are expected to submit their proposals to Don Cherry in the next few days. Fans and ticket holders are neither being asked or allowed a voice in the final decision.

November 17th, 2008

04:20 am: AMAZINGLY SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES (copy and pasted from an email)
AVOID CUTTING YOURSELF WHEN SLICING VEGETABLES BY GETTING SOMEONE ELSE
TO HOLD THE VEGETABLES WHILE YOU CHOP.

AVOID ARGUMENTS WITH THE FEMALES ABOUT LIFTING THE TOILET SEAT BY
USING THE SINK.

FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SUFFERERS ~ SIMPLY CUT YOURSELF AND BLEED FOR
A FEW MINUTES, THUS REDUCING THE PRESSURE ON YOUR VEINS. REMEMBER TO
USE A TIMER.

A MOUSE TRAP PLACED ON TOP OF YOUR ALARM CLOCK WILL PREVENT YOU FROM
ROLLING OVER AND GOING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER YOU HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON.

IF YOU HAVE A BAD COUGH, TAKE A LARGE DOSE OF LAXATIVES. YOU'LL BE
AFRAID TO COUGH.

YOU ONLY NEED TWO TOOLS IN LIFE - WD-40 AND DUCT TAPE. IF IT DOESN'T
MOVE AND SHOULD, USE THE WD-40. IF IT SHOULDN'T MOVE AND DOES, USE THE
DUCT TAPE.

IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM.

DAILY THOUGHT: SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE SLINKIES - NOT REALLY GOOD FOR
ANYTHING BUT THEY BRING A SMILE TO YOUR FACE WHEN PUSHED DOWN THE
STAIRS

November 6th, 2008

04:33 am: U.S. Election
Now that the election down south is over, I feel I can properly comment on it. I am so glad that Obama won. Another Republican term would have been the worst thing for the country. I was watching the result coverage on CNN and one of their pundits said it best. She said, and I loosely paraphrase, because I don't remember her exact words, but she said that whenever the country loses its way, it has the uncanny ability to pick a leader that puts it back on track, which is what we saw with this election. She mentioned some examples, which I forget, but I think she mentioned JFK and Reagan, but I could be wrong. This also gives the Republican Party a chance to rebuild itself. Now, I'm not all that familiar with the parties themselves, or the system in general, but I've heard that the Republican Party as it stands now is not the same Republican Party under Eisenhower, and I know that means that the party has been hijacked by the more radical factions in recent years (as in the Neocons and the Evangelicals), which is why I hate them so much. Unfortunately, the Conservative movement in Canada has been going that way too, which has been very discerning for the more moderate Progressive Conservatives such as myself, and why so many of us are not associated with the federal Conservative Party.

October 30th, 2008

06:11 am: Random thoughts
Why isn't French toast made with French bread?

What's the point of marriage if it is polygamous? Polygamy is an oxymoron.

Do anti-abortionists eat eggs? If so, I consider them hypocrites.

October 15th, 2008

06:05 pm: Election result thoughts
Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by the results.

-I would have like to have seen the Green get at least one seat.

-I'm happy that Bill Casey got re-elected, and quite handily at that.

-I'm even happier that Garth Turner got defeated.

-I am shocked that Conservative Rahim Jaffer lost his seat in Edmonton.

-I'm happy that Oakville went Blue.

-I'm not surprised that the Conservatives got shut out of Newfoundland, but I am surprised they picked up a seat in PEI.

-I'm surprised that the NDP didn't do better in BC, considering how well they were polling.

And finally, I wonder how soon the Liberals will have a leadership race?

October 6th, 2008

08:42 pm: Who really has the better economic plan?
I keep hearing about "Harpernomics" and how it could be bad for the Canadian economy. But what about "Laytonomics" or "Dionomics"? Layton believes that maintaining a higher corporate tax rate will keep jobs in Canada. Really? I consider that incentive to move. And with Dion, is a Carbon Tax really a good idea at the moment?

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October 3rd, 2008

04:34 am: Debate thoughts
The English-language leaders debate was on last night, and, like usual, I watched it. The format this year was different. In previous years, the leaders stood behind podiums, but this time they all sat at a round table, which I enjoyed. The newer format was also more conducive to more of a discussion, rather than a simple question-and-answer format, and they took advantage of that in the format, which made it more enjoyable to watch. (Though I have a feeling that most people would prefer the term bearable over enjoyable). However, one thing I was disappointed in was that most of the people asking the questions were Ontarians (four in total), while the rest (three in total) were one each from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Nova Scotia, respectively. I'm sure British Columbians aren't too happy about that. I didn't watch the French-language debate, but I'm pretty sure that most of those questions came from Quebec, probably along with someone from New Brunswick as well, so I'm not surprise they didn't have a Quebec-based question in the English debate.

As for the leaders themselves, I thought they all came off strong, even Elizabeth May, which should help her party. I'm sure Stéphane Dion's strong performance will win the Liberals back some of the support they lost due to Dion's previously perceived weakness as a leader, though I still don't think he's as strong a leader as the others.

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