Sarah Palin—STFU!!!

Governor Palin, you know little to nothing about the dynamic, history and culture of Canada. Oh yes, please cut the crass cowgirl BS talk that you can see “Yukon across your house!” That is NOT ENOUGH! With your assertion on how to run Canadian health care, was an imperialistic, arrogant and in my books you have become an “Ugly American” (you may be physically attractive externally, I won’t deny that, but inside your Ugly Americanism reeks internally). Former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle was more gracious in  respecting our health care system but kindly asserted the case that our system was not for his home country, the U.S.  Actually, I take strong exception when people make comparisons to former Vice President Quayle and former Governor Palin. The comparison is simply lazy and careless to say the least. Quayle was (and is) way more smarter and wasn’t the dummy that the media left made him out be, but I digress and that is another story for another time. Conservatives in Canada, like in Europe have made peace with a public option. In Britain, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had no hang up with it. Her fiercest disciple in the province of Ontario, former Premier Mike Harris made peace with it and trust me as a resident of this province, you do not get any more right-wing than Mike Harris (he wasn’t nicknamed Mr.Slash and Burn just for show either). Everyone knows that our system is not perfect but at the same time it has helped millions of Canadians from all walks of life. Canadians are open to more access with private care but still want our public option side by side. This of course will enrage the ideological hard-left here in Canada but I think a parallel system would force the public option to compete and correct it’s faults. Competition is not a bad word.  No sane and compassionate Canadian desires the radical dog-eat-dog mentality what the U.S. currently face with several millions uninsured. I am glad that there are sane Republicans like David Frum (a fellow Canadian from my hometown of Toronto), Reihan Salam (author of Grand New Party fame) and even Ben Stein (actor, lawyer, former advisor to Nixon) who are proposing solutions.  Mitt Romney even had mandatory health insurance (where everybody must purchase health insurance) in Massachusetts during his governorship. The point is that the sane and intelligent Republicans want solutions crafted and explored, they are not lambasting, putting down a health care system of a country they don’t like because of rigid political ideological leanings and ranting to the rooftop to preserve the status quo when everybody else has the heart and the head to realize it is not working. Time for Sarah Palin to get on board. I am brutally skeptical she won’t. The other option for her is to STFU!

IN MEMORIAM

 

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Haydain Neale

1970-2009

 

A very incredibly sad day in Canadian music and music in general. While I remember the decade of the 2000’s as “fast food” manufactured music, a man by the name Haydain Neale kindly made an oasis in a sea of what I call the musical garbage that pervades today. This lead singer of the group called Jacksoul was a leader, not a follower when it came to music.  After recovering from a car accident in 2007 and a private battle with lung cancer which began a few months ago this year which ended in the way least expected from of all of us on a Monday night with his family at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto at age 39 (an age which I share), another album which will sadly be his last as lead singer of Jacksoul, will be released on the first of December. May it truly be his last hurrah and another great contribution to Canadian music. Rest in peace, sir and sing before the Lord with a cheerful voice!

Here are a couple video clips of this great music.

Remembering the Kennedy Assassination

This year, we said goodbye to a Kennedy who lived relatively quite a lengthy life. If Senator Ted Kennedy had three more years, he would have been 80. His older brothers, Bobby Kennedy and the late U.S.President John F. Kennedy were not so fortunate to have a lengthy life as Ted. Both brothers were cut down in the prime of their lives in their 40’s.  46 years ago today the late U.S. President John F. Kennedy fell victim under the brutal assassin’s bullet (Lee Harvey Oswald) during a visit in Dallas, Texas. President Kennedy was the youngest president to die in office.  According to the U.S. Constitution, it was up to Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson become the 36th President of the United States as he did on Air Force One by taking the oath of office. One may asky why do I have an old episode of “As The World Turns”  as part of the coverage of the following clips? It was that soap opera on CBS that was the first to be interrupted by the coverage by the late Walter Cronkite.

…and here’s something to celebrate, the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street

What an excellent way to kick off the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, to have U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama hanging with the muppets, giving an important and positive message: eating healthy by growing your own vegatables!  In the age of fast food and junk food, I applaud Mrs.Obama  for lighting a candle in the darkness to reverse a disturbing trend that is having an effect on our young children. Anybody who wants to say, “The Obama’s are spreading socialism again,” really need to get a life (and perhaps a wife too)!  Believe it or not, President and Mrs.Obama are the FIRST Seseme Street Generation in the White House.  President Obama was 8 and Mrs. Obama was over 5 1/2 when Seseme Street debuted in November 1969.

I could not resist this

Here’s  a three part clip (in audio) of the late great former U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s trip to the Berlin Wall back in May 1987. May his spirit be smiling above of what was accomplished in 20 years since the fall of the wall. Though to this day, it is amazing that those who are left of centre, seem to take repulsion in this man. A mystery to me. Yes, I understand he wasn’t perfect but he was the right man at the right time in world events. He was a man who believed in free societies and free markets go together and didn’t feel a need to be bashful, shy or ashamed to lead the way when people from other countries were gasping for such freedom. His trip to the Berlin Wall, a year and half before it’s, was absolutely no exception.