Wednesday, December 25, 2013

What the ... duck?!?!?

Damn, I thought I was being original with the title of this thread. Then I went and read the GQ article that started the shit storm I was addressing. They used it first. Bastardos!!!! But I am digressing.

When the "controversy" started I was all set to jump on the band wagon and start pillorying Phil of Duck Dynasty. I have always been a supporter of the gay community. (I hesitate to use the 'one of my friends is gay' line because so many of them are and it sounds trite.) It is none of my business how another person lives their life. Much like my view on religion, if it doesn't make them an evil person it is ok with me.

So, what exactly did Phil say that was so bad A&E suspended him?  From what I read in the GQ article it was his answer to the following the question "What, in your mind, is sinful?".

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Ok ... homosexuality leading to beastiality ... that is a stretch. Mind you, he did slam a lot of others in this answer. Not just homosexuals.  He also said;

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

Heh. This actually made me laugh when I first heard it. I laughed again when I read it. It pretty much sums it up for me.

So, from the GQ article this is the only stuff I could find that anyone may consider offensive. I stand to be corrected but this is it.

If this is what has A&E's panties in a bunch, as well as others who are calling for Phil's head, they are fucking idiots. It is the guys opinion. It isn't like he is a Westboro Baptist saying "God hates fags" and the rest of the shit those hate mongers spew. They REALLY expected something more from a right wing bible thumper? That is what Phil is.

It was kind of disappointing to see that it was just this that has people riled up. I was hoping for something I could build up some righteous indignation about. Instead, it is just much ado about nothing.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Corruption or Incompetency?

Wrote this one a while ago but never posted it. Oops.

The headlines blared:

Revenue Canada corruption feared over $400K cheque to Nicolo Rizzuto.

It turns out that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) gave a rebate  check of $400,000 to the mob boss even though he owes them $1.5 Million. After the media dug this nugget up the fit hit the shan. All of a sudden there are fears of CRA corruption allowing for the payment. An investigation is being done and will be completed by the end of the year (3 months away).

This story reminded me of one of my favourite sayings "Never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by stupidity" but bastardized.

"Never attribute to corruption that which can be adequately explained by incompetency."

Based on my experience with CRA I can easily believe this happened because of bureaucratic bullshit and incompetency. As mentioned on another blog I have had my own problems with CRA since August. Even though I have filed tax returns since I returned in 2010, which should have changed my status from non-resident Citizen to resident Citizen, the branch of CRA that deals with expat Canadians WAS NOT TOLD. I had to contact them.

It has taken them a month to get back to me. Just to tell me that things are being reviewed and they will advise me of what they decide. Why it couldn't have been reviewed in a month I don't know.

Did Flint return to live in Canada in 2010? Yes.

Did he file taxes in Canada in 2011? Yes..

What about 2012? Yes.

2013 too? Yes.

Was he living in Canada and working at the time he set up the Tax Free Savings Account in 2012? Yes.

Paying taxes? Yes.

Does he owe us money for the TFSA? No.

What the fuck else is there to check? This couldn't have been determined in a MONTH by simply looking at my files at CRA?

So, while the mob boss getting the $400,000 could be due to corruption I think it is more likely a case of bureaucratic incompetency. How the hell they think they can investigate and resolve that in 3 months if they couldn't solve my problem in 1 month is beyond me.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Check Up Time Again

I had my annual check up yesterday. Had blood work done and all that good stuff. It isn't something I did before I went to South Korea but after the damage I did to myself I started it after getting home.

At one time I actually believed I would be dead or almost dead by now. Around 2007-08 I figured I had about 5 years left the way I was going. Strangely, that belief did not give me the impetus to change my lifestyle. I just didn't care.

I came back to Canada around 475 lbs with very high blood pressure and diabetes. Now, 3 years later, I wavering between 290 and 280. I am off of 2 pills I took for blood sugar with the remaining dose cut in half and down to 1/4 the dose for high blood pressure.

At one point in SoKo, around 2008 or 9, my doctor did a load of blood tests and found that my cholesterol was about 6-7 times higher than normal. Now it is not quite 2 times normal.

My doctor told me to keep doing whatever it is I am doing. It is working. I haven't been this healthy in a long time. Hell I haven't really been sick since I came home in 2010.

Life is good.

Monday, December 9, 2013

You are cranky!

Someone starts telling me a story about someone I barely know. They didn't follow through on something they said they would do for another party.

My reply is "Why are you telling me this?"

The person regaling me with the story retorts that they thought I would be interested. I let them know that I am not interested, the problem is between the two people and has nothing to do with me. In fact, it is none of my business, it is their business.

So they start to go on about it again. I cut them off and say "What part of I am not interested in this story do you not understand? It is none of my business. I am not even interested in it. It is idle gossip about someone I barely know. "

Their reply "You are cranky!"

To which I said "Seriously? What the hell does cranky have to do with it. I am now pissed off. Cranky? Your story didn't make me cranky it made me go from apathetic to insulted because you failed to comprehend that I don't want to hear your story. I am not interested in your gossip. If that is the only thing you had to talk to me about silence would have been better.

Fuck me! Why is it so hard for people to understand when someone is SO BLATANT about not wanting to hear about someone or something? Your audience is NOT interested. Try some new material before your show gets cancelled.

The person  above does this a lot. I had enough of it today which is why I got "cranky". Hilda was this way. Odds are she still is. Hell, my mother does this a lot too. But I am more polite about it when dealing with her. It just boggles the mind that they keep doing it.

Monday, July 29, 2013

What the ... clash of reasoning?!?!??

It is kind of funny when you think of it.

I like crappy weather and cold weather because it means I can take Grizzly to the park and not usually run into people with their dogs off leash. If you want to avoid people it seems like the perfect time to go.

Some people who like letting their dogs run loose, where they shouldn't, like to take them on crappy days because the chance of running into other people is slim.

Same reasoning for different reasons.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

What the ... clarification?!?!?

(Another post written months ago and posted late.)

The Provincial Government changed a speeding law last year. As soon as I heard about it I knew there would be problems with it. It wasn't clear enough. Yes, I know, what a surprise, the Government wasn't clear in making a law. ;)

They changed the speed limit in school zones. It is now 30 KPH when children are present. How is that not clear? It made me wonder does it only apply when kids are PHYSICALLY present in the school yard or does it mean when school is in?

For me it didn't cause a problem, I would just do 30 KPH whenever I was in a school zone to be safe. However, I could see some people being confused about it and having a fit when they got ticketed.

Now it turns out the Police are confused by it and have had to ask the Government to clarify what it means.

Gotta love how Government can fuck up something that should have been so simple.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sirius XM The Tardery Moves on

So ... when I bought my new car Sirius XM came with it. They suck. You have to pay for them AND they come with commercials. Commercials that have nothing to do with the content you are listening to. For example, if you are listening to NHL Radio you WILL get commercials for other channels.  Wait ... what the kimchi ... you get commercials! If I am paying for a channel why the fuck am I getting commercials?!?!?!?

Hell, you get lengthy sports updates for other sports. I have the hockey channel on waiting for updates andf instead I had to listen to 5+ minutes about Golf. If I had wanted  to hear about golf I would have tuned into the golf channel.

On top of that, you have the fact that IF a company had anything to do with you in any way in the last 6 months their call centres can bother you. Which means being on a the No Call list doesn't protect you.

I share a land line phone where I live, in a basement apartment. Sirius Xm's call center, with someone with a distinctly Indian (India Indian) accent  rambled on to the Upper Dwellers about when to contact me. (This after I told them not to bother calling me again repeatedly.) They feigned ignorance.  Upstairs was more polite than I would have been. I would have told him to fuck off. And teh next time they called while I was home I did.

It has been a months since Sirius tried contacting me. (I had actually written this the night of their last call when I told them off. Just getting around to posting it. ;)) Odds are I will get a call from them soon.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Shit People Say ... when lying about calling.

"I called you several times and got no answer!"

Why the fuck someone would believe they could get away with this lie is beyond me. Sure in the days before caller ID you could. But now just about everyone has caller ID. Hell most people have cell phones and are always near them.

Two of my sisters LOVE using this whopper. Even though they KNOW all their siblings have caller ID.

"I tried calling you 5 times last week."

"Really? According to caller ID you never called last week."

Silence ... "oh" ... move on to next lie.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

John Carter

I grew up reading the John Carter books by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  (Along with Tarzan and most other works he produced.) I read the comics. Hell, I even played the strategy board game. So when I heard a movie came out I was excited. Life kept me busy and I never got to watch it until two nights ago.

I had heard the critics panned it. No one I knew had actually seen it. I figured what the hell. DL and watch it.

It wasn't that bad. It wasn't a great movie. It was disappointing in many ways. Yet it wasn't that bad. Not as bad a the critics made it out to be. My main problems with it;

It changed the initial book/story too much.

The Tharks didn't look muscular or tall enough.

The tattoos instead of armbands/jewelry.

Little things like that.

Overall, it is worth watching if you don't have anything to better to do.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Crack in the Ford Case

CBC NewsWorld just reported that the much touted video showing Rob Ford smoking crack is gone. The head of Gawker, the head Gawker?, has been heard from. According to his go between with the video owners it no longer exists. It is gone. If it ever existed.

We have the word of three "reporters" that the video existed and Ford was on it. Yet no video. The Gawker has raised over $200,000 to buy the video which now can't be found.

Bravo media fucktards. I refuse to refer to them as reporters any more. You ran your mouths off without having the actual video in your possession to back you up. You have set yourselves up for a nasty libel suit that you should lose. You tarred a man's reputation with no proof ... just your "word" that the video is real and Ford is really in it. And people wonder why the media has a bad name?

I am not a Ford fan but I don't like to see shit like this happen. The Gawker should be forced to donate the money they raised to the charity of Rob Ford's choice at the LEAST.

I hope he sues the fucktards.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Rob Ford Crack Addict

When did the standards of journalism sink so low that supposedly reputable media outlets would make allegations based on video that they (3 "reporters") either only saw a short clip of or never saw at all?

Is Mayor Ford an asshole? At times yeah. Is he a crack addict? I am looking at a picture of him as I type this and find it hard to believe that someone his size is a crack addict.

He is being attacked in the media based on ... what? A video no one can see but the 3 "reporters" who saw it claim it is legitimate. BUT they need some rubes to donate money in order to raise $200,000 to buy the video. I wonder what happens to the money if they can't buy it?

Rob Ford is in a catch 22 situation. If he speaks out against the claim he gives more fuel to the "media" who are using it to attack him. If he doesn't they claim his silence is proof. Tough position to be in.

So far he has said he is not an addict and there is no video. What else can he say?

Isn't the onus on these "reporters" to prove their assertion? Shouldn't the media have actually had the video to use as proof before reporting this? Before trying to destroy someone's career? Their life?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Shit Morons Say ... when shooting their mouth off.

"I watched the Benghazi thing with great interest, Sean. I think it is one of the worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career." 

The above comment was made by Dick Cheney to Sean Hannity on the FOX show Hannity  on Monday.

I guess Dick has memory problems. During his career 9-11 happened among many other things. Yet this is the worst he has seen? Maybe he meant to say worst he has seen not under a Republican Government?

What a dick.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Shit Morons Say ... when making an analogy.

"It is makes me feel like those 3 women who were held captive for 10 years."

I work with a guy that keeps raising the bar for stupid comments. We (Him, D-man, Ash (a woman), and myself) were talking about a regulation (Government) that was brought to our attention by management. It applies to our work place and can lead to a fine of $1000 and/or 1 year in jail. Plus the company would be fined $25,000. IF the regulation was violated.

This caused ... hmmm if I would like to use his real nickname, because the story behind it is HILARIOUS ... but I won't ... let's call him Glimmer. Glimmer felt that once again the oppressive jackboot of authority was stepping on our neck. He tried to make an analogy to show how it made him felt so he said;

"You know, the way they keep regulating us makes me feel like those 3 women in the US that were held captive for 10 years!"

Ash's jaw dropped. D-man was just staring at Glimmer. I shook my head and said.

"You are REALLY trying to use an analogy that working her compares to what those women went through? Seriously?"

Glimmer stepped back and stammered "Yes. It is that oppressive."

"You are fucking moron." I said. "Those women were chained, raped, tortured, and treated like dirt. You were told that if you swear on the radio and a Government organization hears it you COULD be punished. Next you will be comparing working here to a nazi concentration camp. That is a HORRIBLE analogy."

"I think it is a good one. " He replied.

The others shook their head no and said it was a horrible analogy.

Glimmer walked away shrugging his shoulders. He just didn't understand why it was wrong. The rest of us just shared a moment of shocked silence at his stupidity.

Ash said "Now you see what I have to work with every day."

"I will tell you about the Christmas Party one day." I said. "I didn't think he could get stupider, but he has."

Sunday, April 28, 2013

RBC: How A Fucktard Apologises.

Damn, I forgot I wrote this, and it is a tad ... alot ... out of date. But what the kimchi. :)

Gord Nixon, CEO of Royal Bank of Canada, has released an open letter to Canadians. NOW, he is sorry for the foreign worker controversy.

On Monday he brayed that RBC had done nothing wrong. It was all the fault of some company (iGATE) that RBC used to outsource work. As I said then TECHNICALLY he is right.

People saw that claim for the BS it is. Nixon tried to chickenshit his way out of any responsibility by using a technicality. Fucktard.

Mind you, he STILL tried to use the technicality to brush off the criticism.

"While we are compliant with the regulations, the debate has been about something else," Nixon wrote.

He is still trying to deflect responsibility while trying to tell people that he is listening to their concerns. Proof is in the pudding Gord. And people are watching you now.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

On Gun Control in the US.

A friend shared a meme on Facebook about gun control in the US.

It is pretty spot on.

I always had problems with people spewing out "Guns don't kill people. People kill people." It always seemed like they were missing a sentence such as "Guns just make it easier." at the end.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Shit Morons Say ... about cause and effect. 2

"The root cause of terrorism is terrorists."

This was said by Pierre Poilievre, a conservative mouth piece, speaking the party line on CBC Newsworlds Power and Politics tonight.

What a simplistic talking head he is. He makes Ralph Wiggam look like an Einstein.

Shit Morons Say ... about cause and effect. 1

"I think, though, this is not a time to commit sociology, if I can use an expression,"

P.M. Stephen Harper commenting on terror arrests while sniping at Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau was asked as the Boston bombing news was unfolding, by Peter Mansbridge, what he would do if he were P.M. of Canada at this time. He’d offer his condolences along with practical help. But he wouldn’t jump to conclusions. “Over the coming days,” he told Mansbridge, we should look for “root causes. We don’t know if it was terrorism or a single crazy or a domestic issue or a foreign issue — all those questions. But there is no question that this happened because of someone who feels completely excluded, at war with innocents.”

At the time he was ... right. We had NO IDEA if it was one person or a group. If it was Al Qaeda or a home grown (US) group. At THAT time we knew nothing and the authourities didn't know much more. Over the next few days more info came to light and in the end they id'd the pieces of shit that did the bombing. Killed one and caught the other.

Harper sounded a lot like ... George W. Bush and his cronies. I would rather have someone who doesn't jump to conclusions in charge instead of a moron.

Even the use of the phrase "this is not a time to commit sociology" smacks of the stupidity that used to come from the mouth of G.W. Bush. It makes me wonder if Harper has hired some of Bush's speech writers. Which shouldn't be surprising considering some of the BS that has come out of the Harper Government.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to find out the root causes of why people do things. Sometimes you will find something you can understand. Something you will find out you just can't understand them. It is looking for a reason for why things happen, not making an excuse.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Shit Morons Say ... because they are fucktards.

"They are victims."

I was listening to local talk radio on the drive home from work. The topic, no surprise, was Rehtaeh Parsons and the lack of justice. A woman called in who started going on about the poor rapists. People have judged them guilty already. Then she said something that made me do a double take.

I said to Sarge; "Did she say what I think she just said? Did she just call the rapists victims?!?!?!?"

Sarge nodded his head and said; "What a fucking stupid bitch!"

The rapists names are NOT public. It has been TWO YEARS since they started ruining Rehtaeh's life. Nothing has been done to them. People want them to face justice and not get away with their crime. To this dumb cow they are victims. Fuck me!

Victims? IF their lives end up ruined they are NOT victims. They are the are the REASON it happened. Because they got a young girl drunk, RAPED HER. TOOK PICTURES OF IT! Distributed at least one of them. And they are the victims? If their was real justice they would be charged with murder and not just rape.

Victims. Fuck off!

Much like the people who tormented her. They should face criminal charges for their behaviour. I have said for a long time that the way to deal with bullying is to treat it as a criminal offence of some sort. It is time to take real measures to end this bullshit.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Society Owes Rehtaeh Parsons but ...

Society owes Rehtaeh Parsons but ... it is too late. :(

It is hard to write this. I have read several stories about Rehtaeh Parsons, and heard them on TV, about her suicide and subsequent death. Her father wrote a blog post that I had to read several times before I was able to finish it. It just breaks my heart to see what she went through. What her family went through. The last lines of his post have been resonating in my head since I read them.

"My daughter wasn’t bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school, and the police.

She was my daughter, but she was your daughter too.

For the love of God do something."

As a society we all failed her.  :(

How in the hell can she have gone what she did and no one be charged? The fucking pieces of shit circulated  a picture they took of her when raping her and NOTHING was done. All the hell she was put through and nothing was done.

Monsters at her school tormented her. Sent her texts asking for sex or calling her a slut. Sharing the rape picture. And nothing was done.

And where the hell are the parents of the rapists and the monsters? These pieces of shit deliberately got a young girl drunk. Raped her. Took pictures. And circulated them. And got away with it. Monsters (I refuse to call them students or kids they are monsters) tormented her. And got away with it. You think these damaged pieces of garbage won't cause more trouble for others in the future? They already learned that they could get away with it.

For two years she endured the hell until she couldn't take it any more. The "Justice" System failed her. The school system failed her. Society failed her.

Unfortunately, if things stay true to form, people will get all worked up about this and demand action then forget about it. Most people tend to have a short attention span for things. They will be in an uproar. Then calm down. Then forget about it until the next heinous act happens. Then they will be surprised it happened. (There are a lot of similarities with Amanda Todd being driven to suicide in B.C.)

Hopefully I will be proven wrong and we, as a society, will do something.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

RBC: The Tardery Continues.

The CBC interviewed the head of RBC, Gord Nixon, about the current scandal. He said;

"Firstly, RBC has not and does not hire any temporary foreign workers."

As the talking head on CBC pointed out "technically" he is right. They hired a firm, iGATE Corporation, that hired the foreign workers, and brought them to Canada. Foreign workers that are being trained to take over the jobs of Canadians. So yes, technically, Mr. Nixon is right. RBC did not directly hire these workers. Technically. Gotta love how people try to hide behind technicalities.

At a time banks continue to make record profits they claim they have to take cost saving measures, like outsourcing to other countries. Mr. Nixon got a raise last year. He went from making $10.1 MILLION dollars a year to $12.6 MILLION dollars a year. RBC's profit went from $4.85 BILLION in 2011 to $7.54 BILLION dollars in 2012. Yet they have to outsource these 45 IT jobs out of the country to save money. What a fucking joke.

Is it any wonder why people think bankers are just a bunch of thieves?

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Royal Bank of Canada screws Canadians over.

After reading this article on CBC I am glad I chose to dump the Royal Bank of Canada as my bank of choice last year. 

It definitely looks like RBC has broken the rules on using foreign workers. Will the government do anything about it? Considering the tone the Conservatives take towards immigration you would think so. I doubt it though. As Bill Maher said 

"If you have a gun you can rob a bank but if you have a bank you can rob everyone."

Odds are RBC will get away with this. Please prove me wrong Harper Government.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

A couple of things came with my new car. One of them was SiriusXM Satellite Radio for a free 3 month trial. Now that the 3 months is coming near to its end they called me about buying it. I suppose if the bi-weekly mailings weren't enough to entice me to pay to continue they probably felt a phone call would work. Fucktards

First off they call at supper time. That is guaranteed to put me in a pissy mood before I even answer the phone.

The second problem, for them, is that I don't really like their product. I use my MP3 player for music so their music channels are useless to me. The only channel I use is the NHL Channel. One would think that if you were paying for a service you wouldn't have to put up with ads. Wrong. There are ads. Ads for things I am not interested in buying. Ads for other XM channels I am not interested in listening to.

One would also think that the NHL channel would stick to hockey. Unfortunately, wrong again. Their talking heads chatter about other sports from time to time. If I wanted to know how Tiger Woods is doing I would listen to the golf channel. Not the hockey channel. If I cared about the lead up to the Super Bowl I would listen to a football channel. You get the idea?

I just don't need their service and when my free trial runs out I won't miss it.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Shit People Say ... that makes you laugh.

I worked Good Friday. We are closed, but some people have to be there just in case. But I digress.

A co-worker and I decided to order pizza for supper. When it arrived I went out front to get it. As I was talking with the delivery driver someone drove up. He rolled down his window and shouted "So, you are open?"

Before I could say anything the pizza delivery guy snarled. "They are closed. It is Good Friday, you dumb bastard!"

I was gobsmacked. I wanted to laugh but knew I shouldn't. I bit my lip. The mook rolled up his window and drove off. The delivery guy gave me a damn good pizza, and a chuckle.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shit Morons Say ... at the park.

"Sometimes I just don't know why I let her off the leash."

I was walking Grizzly in the park. We were about half done the route when we ran into ... surprise surprise ... a mook with his dog off leash. Actually we ran into the mook first. he had no idea where his dog was. You could hear her in the woods heading our way but not see her.  Considering there is a a clearing before the woods the dog was WAY out of site, and thereby out of his control.

As she came out of the woods he said "Sometimes I don't know why I let her off the leash. She usually takes off."

My reply was a simple "I agree."

He looked perplexed. You could pretty much see the question mark appear above his head. I decided to let him know what I meant.

I snarled "It is an on-leash park after all. Why the hell would you let their dog off the leash? Especially when you know your dog takes off."

He had the vacant stare of a mook confronted with his mookishness and said nothing.

I shook my head and left.

Fucking mooks.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Buying a car. Part 1

I can't believe that I haven't written this yet. In fact, I thought I had written half of it last year and never bothered finishing it. Damn. Time does fly.

Last October, when the car engine blew, I looked into getting a new car. I had rented one, a Chevy Cruze for the week my car was in the shop. The day I rented the car I went to a local Hyundae dealer, O'Reagan's Hyundai on Baker drive in Dartmouth, to look at the Elantra and Accent. They had an ad in the local paper for getting a new Elantra for $102 bi-weekly. It intrigued me.

The salesman I dealt with was nice enough. I let him know the price range I wanted ($250-300 a month) and how high I was willing to go, $350 a month. For some strange reason the Elantra was not available at the price in the paper. That was fine, the Accent was good enough. We looked at a couple and he said he would put the paperwork through to see if I could get financing. The financial officer, Saprita (sp???) took my information and suggested I go get a coffee and come back.

I actually didn't expect much to happen because my credit rating was 0. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good. 10 years abroad with no credit history at home can do that to you. On top of that I really wasn't looking to drive away with a new car that day. I had never bought a new car before and wanted to be cautious.

When I got back they had good news. I was approved but the price would be $370 a month. I am an impulse buyer and the impulse said what the fuck. $350 ... $370 ... close enough. Unfortunately, the car sold while the financing was being checked. What the fuck?  But they had a 2012 Accent available. A model up but a year older. Strangely at the same price. (At the time that seemed strange. Looking back it feels like they were fucking with me.) I said sure. Why not.

Uh oh. Unfortunately, they couldn't bring the car up in the system. So they couldn't sell it until that was fixed. That was fine by me, I hadn't planned on getting one that day. That is when the pressure started. All of a sudden I could get an Elantra. It will probably be the same price as the Accent, but not the $102 bi-weekly they advertised. If I could get the Elantra for the price of the Accent sure. It was the car I wanted more anyway.

Saprita went to work on the financing. She has all the paperwork ready for me to sign, before mentioning the price. I asked her how much. According to her it would cost me $207 bi-weekly. What happened to $370 a month? $102 bi-weekly?

Now I started to feel like I was being jerked around. I said "That is $414 a month ... way higher than I was comfortable going. How much would it lower the payments if I put $5000 down?"

Saprita replied "It wouldn't lower it that much. You would be better off keeping the $5000 in the bank for monthly payments."

That reply seemed strange. I said "That is a lot of money every month. I am not really sure I want to do it."

Saprita looked at me and said "You won't get a better deal anywhere else. You should do it. Do it! DO IT!"

I was gobsmacked. While you hear stories of pressure tactics from sales people you still have some doubt about them being exaggerated. This fucking asshole wasn't just trying to pressure me, she actually yelled at me. I don't respond to shit like this well.

"Destroy my information and go fuck yourself." was my reply.

I walked out of there extremely pissed off and went home. As I drove home I mulled over the events of the afternoon. Maybe it was just because I was pissed off but it felt they had jerked me around from the start. Looking back, yeah they had jerked me around from the start. I had an offer in, just needing financing, and they just happen to sell the car in the time it took to have a coffee? The next car is available but not in the system? Which lets them push a different, more expensive car at you? Then to have some piece of shit try pressure tactics and yelling. Fuck O'Reagan's!

It would be a while before I looked for a new car  again. And it will be a fucking cold day in hell before I EVER go to O'Reagan's looking for any kind of car again. I would encourage you to only go to them for a new or used car as a last resort.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

What the ... nice man?!?!?

A friend shared a photo on Facebook today that made me laugh.

Then I saw the last comment someone had made and laughed even harder.

Yes, some tard just felt they had to post and criticize the picture. If I can refrain from commenting in the thread about the fucktardery of the last comment they should have been able to hold back.

The comment made me want to ask if this person knew the Pope personally or if they were just basing their view on the fact he is the Pope. I am pretty sure it is the latter. Just as I am sure there are a lot of people who believe the Benedict is NOT a nice man ... like 200 or more blind kids who were abused by a priest that the then cardinal Ratzinger helped protect. Protects child abusers. Yeah, such a nice man.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Shit Morons Post .... to get attention.

I saw this idiots post on Facebook a few days ago. One of my "friends" had liked it and shared it. Just another attention whore on facebook looking for his 15 minutes. Well, here is some negative attention for you.

Your Mommy told you that eh? Your Mommy is a fucktard. Which explains why you are one as well. They don't get $5 Million for going to training camp. MOST don't even make that a year.

I actually understand what you are trying to say IF you are genuine. If you aren't, and you are just another attention whore I understand that too.

If you are so against the injustice of athletes making obscene amounts of money stop supporting them. Stop watching sports broadcasts. Stop buying merchandise. Stop reading their books. Stop buying things from their sponsors. And never ever go see them in person.

Then start a lobby group for soldiers to try and get the government to pay them more money. Unfortunately you cannot take any contributions that have anything to do with professional sports in any way. That means no money from the organizations. No face time from the athletes. No accepting anything that will allow your cause to be used by anyone supporting sports.

When you are REALLY doing all that you will be a person standing by their principles and not just another internet fucktard looking for attention. Then I will actually respect what you are doing.

Monday, February 18, 2013

What the ... weather?!?!?!?

CBC News World shows a current vid of Halifax. NO snow. VERY clear. It is dark, 9:30ish PM. No snow or rain. Then they flash to a vid of people using snow blowers and talk about winter weather hitting Nova Scotia.

FUCK OFF! We, Halifax area, got jack shit in the way of winter weather today. Going from current to stock footage of a snow storm is not just misleading, it is deliberately obfuscating things and bull shit. Yes, we got high gusts of winds, and a little snow, flurries, but that is it. By using the stock footage you made things here seem a LOT worse than they actually were.

Thanks for being disingenuous CBC. This is a good example of why I don't trust the media. You will blow anything up for a "good" story. Fuck you!

What the ... showing now?!?!?

I turned on the TV for a change and hit the sports channels. I was ready to finally watch a hockey game. Since the lock out, not a strike like too many fucktards call it, I have not watched a game this "season". It was strangely easy. I am still pissed off with the owners locking the players out and then settling for something that could have been agreed upon in August or September, well before the "need" to lock out became a reality.

Montreal is playing. Is it on any channel? of course not. A documentary on the Oilers is on. Two fucking shows about Golf are on. Ok, to be fair, one of them is on the gulf channel. Curling is on. Damn I like curling but would rather watch hockey. No hockey. No Habs. But the fucking Kardashians are whoring themselves out on a channel. The fucking (no pun intended) Kardashians are on but the Habs aren't? Fuck off.

I was finlly ready to watch a hockey game and there was NONE on. Fuck you NHL. Right up the ass.

What the ... pedophile?!?!?!?

I watch political and political-comedic videos on YouTube from time to time. Yesterday, one by a group called The Young Turks was suggested to me. It was titled "24 year old dating 12 year old in China?". I gave the screen a WTK?!?!? look and then watched the video. Frankly, it sickens me.

24 year old Chinese pop star Zhang Muyi is dating 12 year old Canadian Model/Singer/ Actress Akama Miki. They are madly in love and are counting down the days until she hits her 16th birthday and can marry him. 24. 12. What the fuck? Where the hell are her parents?

They even did a music video together to show their love for each other.

I am hoping this is just some sort of publicity stunt but part of me doubts it is. One of the commentators at The Young Turks had it right. The only counting down this sick fuck would be doing if she was my daughter is the days of torture in my basement until he died.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Breaking News ....

The news this morning is dominated by one story. Every time they talk about it you get to see the Breaking News graphics. What is the story you ask?

The Pope resigns as of February 28th. Why? Not because he protected pedophiles at the expense of kids. Because his health is failing. As one of my Professors would say "Whoopie shit".

It is the 1st time a Pope has resigned and not died. Once again, whoopie shit.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Tale of Two TV Shows

Revolution ... the back story was actually more interesting than the main story. The main story, all electricity shorted out somehow. Some magical/scientific thing cancelled all electricity. But some magic amulets allow it to work. I found myself not caring when the next episode came out.

Arrow ... a revamped Green Arrow. The back story is as interesting as the main story. Both stories are damn good and leave you wanting more. I want more! Now!

What the ... fearmongering?!??

I wrote this Thursday, February 7th 2013. As the media was scaring the shit out of people over the impending doom of a snowstorm. I am late in posting it.


We are supposed to get a Winter storm starting tomorrow night. To listen to the media it is the apocalypse coming. They keep reminding people of how bad White Juan was when it hit in 2004.

White Juan was a devastating winter storm. In Halifax, 95.5 cm of snow fell in one day. Winds gusted from 60-80 KPH, with some bursts recorded at 120 KPH. A weather station in Halifax recorded 2 10-second gusts of 147 KPH. With the snow that came down the next day the total snowfall in 48 hours was around 120 cm with some drifts higher than 2.5 metres.  It took a long time for the Province to recover from that.

Now we look at the present. Last Monday Halifax got about 10 cm of snow. Schools were cancelled. Doom and gloom was spread by the media. For 10 fucking cm of snow! I drove to work when the "storm " was at its worst ... and had little trouble. By the time I went home the roads were pretty much cleared up. Unless you were a fucking idiot and drove too fast for the conditions, and we have a LOT of those here, you shouldn't have had any trouble.

The Saturday before we had 10-15 cm. Once again, it wasn't that bad if you didn't drive like a moron. By the time I was driving home it had turned to rain. Within an hour the roads were BARE. Yet when the weather forecasters talk about that period of time they refer to storms. Massive storms. Weather bombs. On Wednesday they were talking about how we were still digging out. Yes, some areas, like Newfoundland, got a LOT more snow than we did. THEY were digging out in areas. Halifax? Hell no.

Now we are getting dire predictions of White Juan like proportions from some media outlets. What are we supposed to get? 20-35 cm of snow starting late Friday night with most of it hitting Saturday. So, lets call that a 36 hour period of time. The wind will gust from 30-45 KPH overnight and may gust up to 60 KPH Saturday. If you listen to the weather forecasters you should prepare for Snowmageddon. Seriously, this is how the fucktards are building this up.

White Juan                                                                                 Friday/Saturday

95.5 CM in 24 hours 120 CM in 48 hours                                20-35 CM of snow in 26 hours
 main winds 60-80 KPH                                                           main winds 30-45 KPH

Yeah, it REALLY sounds like another White Juan. (Can you feel the sarcasm?) It sounds like what we would call in the 90's, before the pussification of Canada, a bad winter storm. Some form of Snowmageddon? Fuck off.  

Now the media gets their basic weather information from Environment Canada. Then they put their spin on it whether for current weather or predicting future weather. Here is what Environment Canada has to say while the media meteorologists are predicting total doom and gloom.

Halifax Metro and Halifax County West
3:33 PM AST Thursday 07 February 2013

Winter storm watch for Halifax Metro and Halifax County West issued

Strong winds, snow and blowing snow beginning late Friday night and intensifying on Saturday.

This is an alert to the potential development of dangerous winter weather conditions in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.

A low pressure system will intensify as it passes near Cape Hatteras on Friday before tracking south of Nova Scotia Saturday night.

This system will give snow at times heavy, strong northeast winds and blowing snow to Nova Scotia Friday night and Saturday. These conditions will persist Saturday night and into Sunday morning for Cape Breton and Eastern Nova Scotia. While it is too early to give an accurate estimate of snowfall potential, some guidance is indicating that amounts in excess of 30 centimetres are possible for parts of Nova Scotia. Also there may be periods of ice pellets or freezing rain along the Atlantic coast starting Saturday and extending into Sunday over eastern regioins.

Strong northeasterlies and northerlies over the Gulf of St. Lawrence may also give higher than normal water levels late Saturday and into Sunday, and will push pack ice into north to northeast facing shorelines. 

In other words, it could be a bad storm but it is too early to say for sure. Be prepared. I understand that the media panders to fear for ratings but this fear mongering is ridiculous.  


As I wrote this, in the aftermath of the ... winter storm we got the ...  fact the media does nothing but fear monger remains strong. Or is stronger. I heard words like White Juan, Snowmageddon, and Weather Bomb bandied about by various media outlets. It was all a lot of BS. What we got hit by was what we would have called back in the 90's a snow storm. Nothing more. Nothing less. It was not the next White Juan. It was not some cataclysmic event. It was a god damn winter storm. That is all.

Canadians have become pussified to winter. The media helps this happen.                                                                              

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A real snow storm is hitting.

We have a snow storm hitting us today and I want to say something about HRM and the road care before I post a rant that I wrote the night before the storm hit.

The storm started late Friday night. High winds and some snow. I heard snow plows out at 2 AM Saturday morning. I left for work at 3:10 AM and the roads were in decent shape. Not scraped to the pavement, but then again I don't expect that. The side streets I took were in good shape. The main roads in better shape. I took my time, 40 minutes instead of 20-25 to get to work. That includes a stop at Tim Horton's for coffee.

Overall, I remain impressed with how prepared HRM and the road crews were. Thank you for getting it right. Keep up the great work. PLEASE!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What the ... fraudster?!?!?

Mike Duffy. Former CTV  Political reporter. Opinion man. Now a Senator for Prince Edward Island. And of course a liar who has defrauded the Government of over $40,000.

How? Well, Senators who live away from their home are allowed $21,000 a year to defray their living expenses in Ottawa. Even though Mikey lived in Ontario for decades before he was appointed a Senator for PEI. He has claimed his cottage in PEI as his home. However, that is just one of the many problems with his residency claim.

1) He lived in the Ottawa area for DECADES BEFORE he was appointed as a Senator for PEI. In fact, he lived in his current home there long before he was appointed.

2) He has NO health card for PEI. After being told to produce proof of residency he had a staffer contact the relevant PEI Minister's office to try and get the process to APPLY for a health card fast tracked. APPLY for one, NOT get one renewed!

3) He isn't even registered as a voter in PEI. Elections Canada confirmed he is on the rolls for where he lives in Ontario.

4) His driver's license ... Ontario.

5) PEI lists him as a non-resident making him ineligible for the Resident Tax Credit there.

On top of that he has claimed over $147,000 in travel expenses, allegedly to and from PEI, since September of 2010. Yet he isn't there enough during the span of a year to be considered a resident.

What a piece of shit. A Senate appointment is a ticket to the gravy train. You hold it for life. This liar then uses it to bilk more money out of the government. Any wonder why people have low opinions of politicians?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mook of the Week

Mooks on planes. A bad combination as those on a Sunwing flight to The Dominican found out.

I have heard of some stunningly stupid people doing idiotic things on planes, experienced a few of them myself. This family of smoketards from Nova Scotia raised the bar of mookishness to a new level. They actually lit up cigarettes in their seats while the plane was in the air.

When confronted about it the father got verbally abusive with the flight crew. One of the gems out the father's mouth was;

"You fucking asshole, I just pissed all over the floor."

That is so amazingly fucktardic I can't think of any other words to describe it. It blows my story of the Korean moron and his cell phone out of the water.

Thanks to these mooks the flight had to divert to Bermuda. People missed connecting flights, cruises, part of their vacation. Sunwing had to put everyone up in a hotel for the night. At least Sunwing is going to sue these morons, for around $50,00. Hopefully they get a lot more.

This trio is a shining example of what a mook is and how they behave.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What the ... shark?!?!?

So ... as so many stories start ... we are doing the drop ... insert band camp comment here ... and one of my comments lead to Motormouth spouting off.

I say "That is like tossing chum into the water for the sharks."

MM says "Yeah!"

Fabio says "MM do you know what a shark is?"

MM quickly says: "Yes! A shark is a mammal!"

And he meant it. Everyone else on the drop started laughing their ass off. MM was still serious. what a fucktard.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Compensated Dating

I just did a post on What the Kimchi??? but have wondered if it didn't belong here. It is about the current news stories about compensated dating in Canada.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

MM: It is the same.

We were on the drop and started talking about food. Motormouth decided to chime in about the stuff he buys at the dollar store. Sarge said it is cheap but it isn't the same quality as brands at the supermarket. That set MM off.

"It is made by the same company so it is the same."

Sarge replied "They often use different ingredients."

Me "And a lot more salt."

MM "Yeah the use different ingredients but they are exactly the same."

J-Man shakes his head and says "You realize what you are saying?"

MM nods his head and says "Yeah. They are exactly the same."

Sarge "But made from different ingredients."

MM "Yeah! They are the same."

Everyone starts chuckling.

Sarge shakes his head and says "You are a fucking moron. They are made from different ingredients. They aren't the same."

MM "They are. They come from the same place!"

J-Man smirks and says "Shit and diarrhea come from the same place but are different."

Silence from MM while the rest of us laugh.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Facebook and Friends

I can't remember the last time I sent out a Facebook friend request to a friend of a friend. A year? More? The last Facebook friend request I sent out was yesterday, to a co-worker, and they accepted it.

Yesterday I got a message from Facebook chastising me for sending a friend request to someone I didn't know. Which was a huge surprise to me. They threatened to cut off my ability to send friend requests if I kept this up. Which, after consideration, would be no big loss. Let them come to me. :)

I did send a message to someone that I don't know. But it was a message and NOT a friend request. An old friend, from 11 years back, has a Facebook account with about 3 friends. Facebook keeps pushing "friends" on me that I don't know ... but Facebook feels I may know them and want to send them a friend request because we have a mutual friend. In some cases they have the same name as a friend BUT NO friends in common and Facebook still suggests we may know each other. Talk about entrapment. Mind you, I usually ignore the Facebook suggestions.

So, my crime was sending a message to this friend of a friend I would like to re-establish contact with. (If that was the offence.) I messaged them saying Hey, we have a mutual friend I have lost contact with. sorry for bothering you, please ignore this at your leisure, but if possible would you let them know I lost their email, mine is the same, could they email me.

Whether they took offence to that or not I can only speculate. Evidently something made Facebook feel that I was bothering people and needed a tongue lashing. I could use a good tongue lashing, but not the kind Facebook gave. ;)

Which brings me to the crux of my rambling. A point a friend of mine made several times and I have mentioned. If Facebook doesn't want us annoying people that we don't know why the fuck do they keep suggesting "friends" we may not know. Especially friends that we have NO friends in common with. If they didn't suggest friends I am pretty sure a lot of people wouldn't reach out to them, and end up banned for a while by Facebook.

Why not allow people to select the option of NOT having Facebook recommend them? And if they allow it they have no grounds for complaint.

And if Facebook keeps suggesting friends and then turns around and bans the friend requesting ability of those who use their suggestions maybe Facebook should just fuck off.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

HRM and Winter Road Care

They, meaning the Halifax Regional Municipal Government, wonder why people get so pissed off about the way they take care of the roads in the winter. The answer can be summed up in one word; inconsistency.

Last Wednesday, January 16, they were calling for 10-15 cm of snow starting around noon. HRM had salt trucks out at FIVE AM!!!! The snow started, lightly at first, around 11:30. The roads were more than ready and the plows were ready. By the time rush hour started and the roads were ok. Sure there were some fender benders, mainly due to idiots driving too fast for the road conditions. The plows had been and were still out. Schools didn't have to be closed early.

Today, Tuesday, January 22nd, we have snow. They were calling for it to start overnight. It didn't start until around 6AM. Were the salt trucks out and the plows on standby? No. I took the dog to the park for a walk at 7AM and the roads were shite. No salt trucks had been by. NO plows had been by. I was on bus routes for the most part which HRM says are the FIRST places salted and plowed. It was pathetic. At 9:30 I had to take my mother out. The roads still hadn't been touched. At Noon I found myself out again and the roads were still in sad shape. By 1 PM I had seen ONE plow. The MIDDLE of my street, which is part of a bus route, had been plowed. ONLY the middle. Which of course meant that fucktards treated it as a one lane road.

Schools had been closed or rather NEVER opened because of the "storm". The previous Wednesday they didn't have to close early. The snowfall was pretty much the same both "storms". What a wild difference from the way the city responded a week before.

Why the blue hell would the response to snow be so inconsistent? HRM will whine about not being able to please everyone but this goes beyond that. It smacks of incompetency in the staff who are in charge of dealing with winter roads. They get their weather information from the same source I, and many others do, Environment Canada via the Weather Channel. Yet they can't seem to get their act together.

HRM often tries to use the excuse that the weather took them by surprise. The snow Tuesday was LATE starting so how the hell were they NOT ready? Inconsistent. Incompetent. One does lead to the other.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cindy Lauper

Cindy Lauper played a psychic on the latest episode of Bones. (Ok I originally wrote this over a month ago and am just getting around to posting it.) She sounds the same on TV as she does in person. :)

It reminded me of the 1st and only time I saw her in concert. This year. I missed the first few sets of her concert and saw the rest. When I got there she was doing the Blues. I never knew she moved into the Blues in her later works. She was fantastic. At times you could tell she was straining herself. But it was a great concert.

What really stuck out was how much of a control freak she is. Ok, that may be harsh. Or maybe it isn't. She stopped the concert a few times to chastise the band. They weren't playing to her standards and she would stop everything and set them straight. It turns out that during their rehearsal before the concert she fired her sound man for not being good enough. The back up guy was given the job and went on tour with her. 

I say control freak. A friend says perfectionist who wants to make sure her fans are getting their moneys worth. Hard to say who is right.

Oh, and considering her age, not saying if she did or did not have work done, nice tits. :)

Hockey Players of Yore.

I play Dynasty Hockey on FaceBook. It is one of my guilty pleasures. :) The game is damn frustrating bordering on stupid at times, how the hell can someone who is slated to beat the opponent 90% to their 10% lose, TWICE, and once be SHUTOUT is beyond me. It makes me realize why I stopped playing the game for a year plus. Mind you, the game does bring to the present day some of the players of the past. Players we may not hear about ... at all. Case in point, Earl Robinson.

Earl Robinson was available early on for me as a draft option. I knew, by his uniform, that he was a Montreal Maroon player. Which meant he was from the past. But I didn't know anything else about him. So I checked him out on Wikipedia. He also played for the Chicago BlackHawks and the Montreal Canadiens. While he wasn't the Wayne Gretzky of his day, he was a good player who also won a Stanley Cup.

Hockey Dynasty frustrates me and boggles my mind but I am appreciative of it for bringing players of the past to me. When I see someone I don't know, ok mainly Habs and Maroons, I look them up on Wikipedia and learn a bit of history. Hmmm ... that isn't completely true. I often see non Habs and Maroons who stir a memory or who I look up just to see who they were. For that, I thank Hockey Dynasty.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

MM: Testicle Talk

We were on the drop one day and Motor Mouth was being his usual annoying self. At one point I mentioned some friends of mine. One I rarely hear from and one that I haven't actually talked to in about 2 years. I gave up because my phone messages were answered by Facebook messages usually a week or more after I left a voice message. Whether that friend was trying to send a message to me or not I did get one. Don't bother talking to him and move on. But I digress.

at that point MM had to chime in. He has a friend like that. He has known the guy since pre-school. As he started to get into his yammering groove I decided to throw a monkey wrench into his plan.

I said; "In Korea they have a name for a friend like that. It translates to Testicle Friend. You knew each back when you ran around without diapers on."

Motor Mouth blurted out "I have one!"

I was hit by one of those instances where your mouth reacts faster than your brain. Had I given thought to it, unless I wanted to instigate MM, I would never have said the first thing that came to my mind. but I said it. Quicker than MM going from 0-Dolphin I said "You only have one testicle?"

Everyone started laughing. Including my Manager, who had joined us. Motormouth went into embarassed and overcompensating mode.

"I have to balls! Nothing wrong with my balls. They are good. Feel good. Blah Blah Blah."

SO many jokes were coming into my head but I bit my tongue. Which my Manager appreciated.

Motor Mouth went on about his balls for 5 minutes. It was hilarious. ::)

Mind you, I wish I had engaged my brain before my mouth.