Category Archives: Rants

Biker Musings

Posted on April 11, 2006 by

With a sudden reduction in manpower of members like we just had in Ontario, does that mean the number who can claim to be part of the infamous “1 percenters” are now down to less than a percentage point? Maybe they are now statistically “zero point nine nine five percenters”… Try getting a tailor to do a crest with that on it for a leather vest…

And did you ever wonder what “biker heaven” might be like? If there is any justice in the world, it would be somewhere ex-”1 percenters” would have to go and sit around, swill sour milk, cup their hand over their ear and say “EH?” because of all the time they spent sitting on bikes with obnoxiously loud mufflers! Add a little Zamfir as background music and someone named “Biff” wearing Martha's Vinyard-style sailing attire as their host just to drive them more insane than they already are…

The police are saying that the killings were entirely internal and that their arch-rivals, the Hells Angels, had nothing to do with it. That is great news for the Hells Angels. A dream come true! In the corporate world, that would be akin to the kitchen staff at Burger King(tm) going crazy and whacking all its counter staff, leaving McDonalds(tm) to run the burger world…

Of course, the police may be on the wrong trail altogether. Maybe, with the skyrocketing value of those gawdawful machines because of all the yuppy lawyers and doctors going through mid-life crisis buying them up, the killings were simply a way for an anxious owner to move ahead on the waiting list for a new Harley… It could happen! I have read novels with less complicated plotlines for murder… No doubt there will be a book about it, which will become a major motion picture… then I can sue them for stealing my idea! Remember, when someone writes the story “Eight Down, More to Go”, I wrote the idea here first!

I am going to keep an eye on eBay and see if I notice any used Harleys from the London, ON area being auctioned off anytime soon…

Everyone else wonders about these kinds of things too, don't they?…

P.S. To all my friends who own bike(s), I didn't mean your bike(s) when I called them “gawdawful machines”, I meant all the other ones… -)




Clubbing Pamela Anderson

Posted on April 3, 2006 by

I have no really strong feelings on either side of the whole seal hunt affair, but for no other reason than I don't think it was an appropriate platform from which to making a political statement, I laughed out loud at the crowd's reaction. Good for them!

She has every right in the world to make her political views known, and I will defend her right to make them, just don't try and use a music-industry awards event to do so.>



Taxes, taxes everywhere, and not a dime to pay!

Posted on March 1, 2006 by

Needless to say, this is disconcerting. I believe in taxation to support government programs, the social safety net, and all the other things that make our country much better than many others who leave their poor to fend for themselves.

Of course, this doesn't make it any easier when my $35 tax program tells me I owe a bunch of money to the government!

So, like any loyal, red-blooded small “L” liberal, I did my duty to the country and those bloodsuckers at Revenue Canada… I went to the bank and obtained a registered retirement savings plan loan to put more money into my plan and write it off against my income! -)

After a bit of travel, paperwork, and delivery of the cheque to my investment broker uptown, I am now a few thousand $$$ worth of investments richer and a couple of hundred $$$ per month poorer… -)

I may be a small “L” liberal, but I am a firm believer in the flat tax system, where everyone pays a set percentage of their income and none of these foolish calculations need to be done every year. The country would save a fortune in civil servant salaries at Revenue Canada, and we would all be spared the hassle of trying to figure out their overly complicated forms… But that is a rant for another day!>



Here comes the Sun!

Posted on February 14, 2006 by

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting

Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear

Here comes the sun,

Here comes the sun, and I say

It's all right

Temperature supposed to jump back up this week, hopefully take this nasty white stuff with it! -) >



Snow day!

Posted on February 13, 2006 by

Maybe I'll take a hour or two and go get some photos!

As for the teenager in the driveway with the shovel, I better pay him extra today. That is enough snow to really make him weary. As a matter of fact, I'm getting tired just thinking about it…>



Oakland, CA adds "Fast Food Tax" to help garbage cleanup

Posted on February 9, 2006 by

article today describing Oakland's attempts to cub the cost of litter by taxing fast food restaurants. They are not putting a tax on the food, but on the restaurant, based on size. It amounts to an average tax of about 63 cents per day for restaurants, all the money from which will go toward salaries of cleanup workers in the city.

The Oakland Chamber of Commerce doesn't like it, saying that the tax will be passed on to customers, many of whom are low-income.

OK, I'm a left-wing, tree-hugging, small “L” liberal who can (and will) debate the need for society to help the poor with the hardest, crustiest, cold-blooded right-wingnuts out there, but I don't believe what I heard…

If I am a “low-income” person or family, I should be buying groceries and eating them at home, not wasting my few dollars at Rotten Ronnie's choking down a burger and fries. The cost of picking up all the litter is being carried by the city, which has to tax the people to pay the workers, so one way or the other, they will have to pay. I would rather see a tax on the fast food restaurants, that way it is paid by those who eat there.

Now along this line (this is where I get a little more radical…), to make people start re-using mugs or thermoses and cut down on litter, the government needs to step in and add an incentive such as imposing a tax on all disposable cups (i.e. Tim Hortons, McDonalds, etc.).

Of course, this is just my opinion! -) >



Ontario man on Ralphbucks mailing list

Posted on February 2, 2006 by

An Ontario man received a $400 Ralphbucks cheque despite the fact he has never lived or worked in Alberta.

Hey Ralph, I spent 2 hours at the airport in Edmonton in 1985. At least I was actually there! Can I have a cheque too?

You know, no matter how rich the province is becoming, many people still remember when it was still just poor dirt farms which were the recipient of considerable aid from other provinces, including the maritimes, the area of the country the Alberta government and our new Prime minister seems to think is a depressed welfare cesspool with a “culture of defeat”. It was only a few years ago that maritime farmers were shipping hay out to their farmers during the draught. But apparently memories are short.

They complain about “Western alienation” (well, at least they did until one of their boys finally won an election), yet they snub the rest of the country by simply doling out cash to try and keep the masses happy. I guess it is an Alberta way of thinking (Mr Harper's daycare plan must have been devised from the Ralphbucks idea – it isn't a plan, it is a payout). Personally, I think that $1.4 billion is wasted going out as “payouts” and might have been spent mending a few relationships with other provinces or at least beefing up some of the social programs Alberta has been cutting under King Ralph.>



Great US article explaining to Americans how Canada has NOT "gone right-wing"

Posted on February 1, 2006 by

Canadian Guardian's Blog

In his article Conservative win not big Canadian lurch to right, John Nichols makes some very valid observations about the state of Canadian politics after the last election.

Very astutely, he advised his readers that although Canada now has a Conservative government, it is a minority and was elected with only 36% of the popular vote, which means that 64% of the country voted for more left-wing parties. If it werent for the flawed “first-past-the-post” system we use

He also points out that of the people who voted Conservative, 54% of them voted strictly for a change, NOT because they support right-wing policies. Only 41% admitted voting for them solely on their policies. So, 41% of 36% = not quite 15% of all the Canadians who voted (really the only ones who count, the rest obviously don't care!) support Conservative social policies…

Glad to see at least one American is taking notice! -) >