Thursday, April 28, 2005

Whiner of the Month for March.....

The whiniest of whiny in the last few Marches have been none other than the anti-war protesters. They had a big downtown march, as glorified in (where else?) Excalibur (or should I say anarchistcalibur):

"The student contingent at the rally saw several groups come out, including members of the University of Toronto's Students for Peace in Iraq and York's Grassroots Anti-Imperialist Network (GRAIN).

'I think it's such a dirty thing that they are doing in Iraq, and I think they should get the troops out now. It's been too long and it shouldn't have been done in the first place,' said Katherine Lei, a first-year student and a member of the UofT group."


My rule for whiners: In order to comment authoritatively on the situation in Iraq, you need to meet the following criteria:

1. Can successfully locate Iraq on a map.

(You'd be surprised how many people at a rally cannot in fact do this.)

2. Have studied political science or history for a leeeeeetle bit longer than a year.

3. Have an understanding of Iraq that predates the Gulf wars.

4. Can justify your position as to the morality of war with a better rationale that "it's such a dirty thing".

5. Can rationalize why it was in fact, not a bad thing that Saddam used to massacre his own people by the thousand.

Once you fit the following five criteria, you can be classified as a certifiable nutcase. Until that point, if a person chooses to insist on defining liberation as bad and oppression as good, without anything substantial to back it up, then that person, like the airheaded protester above, is in fact, a WHINER!

A victory for non-whiners everywhere

It was reported in today's The Globe and Mail that Dan Freeman-Maloy cannot sue Lorna Marsden for misfeasance of public office, since, whoops, she's not a public official.

"York president cannot be sued as public official, Superior Court rules
By JAMES RUSK
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Page A14

Madam Justice Alexandra Hoy of the Ontario Superior Court ruled yesterday that York University president Lorna Marsden is not a public official and cannot be sued for abusing her power as such.

'Dr. Marsden is not a public officer in her capacity as president of York University,' Judge Hoy wrote in her judgment, one that had been widely awaited by Ontario universities because it would have broken new ground on the issue of the legal status of university officials if York lost.

If Judge Hoy had ruled against the university, Daniel Freeman-Maloy, a York student who was banned from the campus for three years last April and who is suing the university for $850,000 even though he was later reinstated, would have been able to include the grounds of misfeasance in a public office in the lawsuit.

Mr. Freeman-Maloy's lawyer had argued that, because York was created by a provincial statute that gave the university's president the power to regulate student conduct, the president was, in effect, acting as a public officer when she disciplined Mr. Freeman-Maloy and could be sued for flagrantly abusing her power as a public official.

The judge rejected the argument in her six-page ruling.

'The mere fact that a statute passed by the Legislature of Ontario provides for the office of president of the university, to be appointed by the board of governors, and accords the president so appointed certain powers in respect of the university community, does not make her a public officer,' the judgment said.

While the law gives the president of York power to discipline students, the core functions of a university are non-governmental and "the government does not have control over how the president regulates a particular student's conduct," the judgment said.

...."


This is good news for those of us who believe that a little governance is a good thing. Was Lorna wrong in expelling one of the university's major instigators? Perhaps. But don't act like she murdered your puppy.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Upgrade complete!

I have a new email address, I finally got the Alliance blogroll in, I fixed my "Blogging Tories" code, I added comments for the first time, and Life After York is ready for a super happy blogaversary relaunch!

Now if only I finish up the March whiner of the month and study for finals....

True Dat.

The Meatriarchy:
"Prime Ministers should address the nation more often if you asked me. Like the President does in the US. I mean he gives a radio address every week (I think), plus the State of the Union, plus numerous press conferences.

In my opinion the Prime Minister would look much more like a leader if he did more of this. "

Amen. Why is it that our Prime Minister is so convinced of eternal domination that he thinks that he can hide and pretend he is doing his job? It's not like he's doing anything of substance...

Lay off the rich. We'd be screwed without them.

So I'm not rich. I'm actually a poor student. But I've always thought our society and the "liberal" left have given the short end of the stick to the rich. There was quite the revelation in Saturday's Globe and Mail, where Canadians learned what it takes to make the top ten per cent in this country, and what it costs if you do:

"Canada's top 10% pay 52% of total tax bill
By TAVIA GRANT
Saturday, April 23, 2005 Page A1

They used to say make the rich pay. Well, they do.

The top 10 per cent of Canadian wage earners carried more than half the nation's federal personal income tax load in 2002 -- 52.6 per cent -- up significantly from 1990, according to a Statistics Canada report released yesterday.

Meanwhile, the other 90 per cent paid 47.4 per cent of the total federal income tax bill in 2002.

...

High-income earners are defined as those who earned $64,500 or more in 2002 and $48,700 or more in 1990, said Duane Hayes, senior economist at Statscan's tax data division."


$64,500 makes you richer than 90 per cent of the population. That means most of our anarchist profs at York are in the top ten per cent of wage-earners. So are many doctors and schoolteachers. And that's not even a lot of money anymore.

It bothers me a lot when people complain about corporate tax cuts that can help small-business owners, many of them immigrants, put food on the table and pay their employees. It bothers me when the left disdain the "rich" for having the audacity to have cash.

Goodness knows they paid for half our roads, half our schools, half our teachers, half our streetlights, half our police officers, half our universities, half our hospital beds and half our infrastructure.

And the system is "progressive", meaning they pay more than their share without getting anything extra in return.

We shouldn't attack these people, we should build shrines to them for paying the taxes that subsidize the bus routes they never take.

Something similar was said by the character of Sam Seaborne in the West Wing episode "The Fall's Going to Kill You":

Sam: Henry, last fall, every time your boss got on the stump and said, "It's time for the rich to pay their fair share," I hid under a couch and changed my name. I left Gage Whitney making $400,000 a year. Which means I paid twenty-seven times the national average in income tax. I paid my fair share. And the fair share of twenty-six other people. And I'm happy to 'cause that's the only way it's gonna work. And it's in my best interest that everybody be able to go to schools and drive on roads. But I don't get twenty-seven votes on Election Day. The fire department doesn't come to my house twenty-seven times faster, and the water doesn't come out of my faucet twenty-seven times hotter. The top one percent of wage earners in this country pay for twenty-two percent of this country. Let's not call them names while they're doing it is all I'm saying.


My tuition bill this year covered 23 per cent of the cost of my education. Over three-quarters of it was paid for by someone else. I made chump change at my two part-time jobs this year; enough to pay the bills and keep me in coffee. I'll be graduating debt-free because the Canadian way is that someone else paid for my education and medical care. I just did my taxes. Going to even get some money back.

I think I owe some thanks to the top ten per cent.

If you're normal like me, the next time you drive down a plowed or maintained road, the next time you see a cop car, the next time you drop yourself or your kids off at school, the next time you go to a hospital, don't curse the rich - say a silent "thank you" to those who carry you on their backs and hold our country together.

Monday, April 25, 2005

My Googleability

Thanks to Statcounter, I know that 28 of my last 100 pageloads were from people googling random words and finding little old me. Actually, 27. One was a Yahoo! Search.

Just cuz it's fun, a sampling of the searches that will lead you to me....

Four searches for "york university sucks" lead people here.

Snicker.

"york u frosh week" takes you here.

Not what the seeker bargained for, I'd bet.

"york u parking tickets are illegal" leads here.

I also like the person who searched for "excalibur sucks york". I certainly agree.

But the absolute best is the searcher for "bill gates & the truth about being muslim", in which my main page is #4 in the results.

Moral of the story? Put quote marks around names when you Google. And expect the unexpected.

York could get screwed....

This was on the Toronto Star front page on Friday, Apr. 22, 2005. I am not sure if it is true (due to the Star being a crap paper) but if it is, it could suck for York.


Argos drop plan to play at York U
Pre-construction stadium costs rise
Can stay rent-free at Rogers Centre

DAMIEN COX
SPORTS REPORTER

Toronto's football Argonauts are expected to announce as early as today that they are pulling out of the York University stadium deal.

With the Rogers Centre trying to persuade the reigning Grey Cup champions to stay at the downtown retractable dome stadium with a sweetheart, rent-free deal, Argo owners Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon are facing rising costs at York.

Originally budgeted at $70 million, with the federal and provincial governments kicking in $35 million, it's believed costs have already climbed upwards of $75 million before a shovel has been stuck in the ground.

The Argos owners were scheduled to contribute $20 million to the stadium through a charitable donation to the York University Foundation, but they have also agreed to cover any unexpected costs or financial overruns.

In essence, Sokolowski and Cynamon could have ended up putting upwards of $30 million into the stadium for fewer than a dozen events per season, with York University still owning the structure.

The Argos were to have moved into the new York facility for the 2007 season but instead they are expected to announce plans to remain at the Rogers Centre and host the '07 Grey Cup game at the dome.

Whether the York stadium will still go ahead is now unclear. The Argos were only expected to need 10 dates a year, with the Canadian Soccer Association and Toronto Lynx soccer club to fill up much of the rest of the calendar.

In theory, the 25,000-seat project could still be downsized to 15,000 seats or less, and thus cost far less to build.

The stadium is committed to co-hosting the 2007 FIFA world youth soccer tournament with Edmonton, but FIFA only requires a minimum 10,000-seat venue for the event.

Whether the federal government, which is to contribute $27 million to the stadium, and the province, on the hook for $8 million, will continue to financially assist the project without the Argos is also unclear.


That would be getting screwed with our pants on. Can they just pull out like that?

On board for narcissism

I got this post into The Best of Me Symphony. It still makes me snicker.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Monday morning quarterbacking...Why? Because it's fun...

Manipulating and blustering politicians. Oh, what a world.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Well said.

The Truth Laid Bear: "I haven't had much to say on the selection of the new Pope. As a non-practicing agnostic, to me, the fanfare of the past few days has been roughly equivalent to learning that the Marlins have found a new star pitcher: it's not just that they're not my team, I don't even particularly follow the sport. "

The Tiger in Exile ... is just like me!

My good blog buddy The Tiger is relaunching, and we're going to use the same template now that I changed everything.

One of life's little quirks.

Men are rats. They're fleas on rats. They're amoebas on fleas on rats. Especially if they're Dan Freeman-Maloy.

Since there is little I ennjoy more than slamming veteran whiner DFM, here is more food for thought:

York University President Lorna Marsden is a public official, and a student
activist should be able to sue her for flagrantly abusing her power as such, lawyer Peter Rosenthal told an Ontario Superior Court hearing yesterday.

"The legislature gave her this power [to discipline students] by statute, and she abused it," Mr. Rosenthal told Madam Justice Alexandria Hoy of the Ontario Superior Court.



Idiot. If she was elected, or appointed by an elected government official, then fine. But she's picked by the Senate and the Board and various other internal York types, and so entirely not a public official. Though I think she was once on the Canadian Senate. The worst thing I can say about Lorna Marsden is she's a Liberal.

Of course, that's better than the worst thing I can say about DFM, which is that he is a whiner. A greedy little whiner:

Although the court overturned the suspension in July, Mr. Freeman-Maloy launched an $850,000 lawsuit against Ms. Marsden, York's board of governors and the university for libel, misfeasance and breach of academic freedom.


Of course, the university is fighting this one tooth and nail:

York University lawyer William McDowell argued that, although an institution can be created by statutory power and its officers given duties by law, that does not make its officers public officials.

He said that, for instance, if an officer of a company incorporated under the Ontario Business Corporations Act fails in his duties under the act, that does not make the officer a public official who could be sued for misfeasance in public office.

See, and in addition to that being true, it's also not whiny.

Kick the bums out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (And what is up with Blogger?)

Go figure that following the craziest three hours of news in Canada in a long time, Blogger goes down. Here are thoughts from Debbye, Meatriarchy, and Canadian Comment:

Every Canadian government must be held accountable and to the highest standards possible, if Canadians let the Liberal party get away with this type of behavior, what kind of message would we sending to our elected officials? Steal from us, we don't care! Is that the type of lesson that the Liberals should learn from this experience? No, its not. Each and every government that is involved in this type of behavior will be made to pay a heavy price, that's the message we should sending.
Nothing from Andrew Coyne, for those of us who are too impatient to wait for the Post tomorrow. Also Adam Daifallah hasn't done anything since Question Period.

Been listening to CPAC on my laptop. I'm like many Canadians, fuming that they put money in their own pockets rather than in crumbling schools, crumbling hospitals and national priorities like feeding people.

The Liberals make me sick - Martin shouldn't be so smug, and he shouldn't have the audacity to suggest that they are even remotely qualified to govern.

Martin says: "That's my job, I'm willing to clean it up."

TTAY/LAY says: "You're fired. We'll get someone else to clean it up."

Call an election, Martin.

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Update: Also worth reading.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Blogaversary presents for me and you...

For you ... Pretty, new design.

... lots more opinionation.

For me ... can anyone tell me how to make pictures on my background?

... and can anyone tell me how to get the Alliance blogroll code onto my blog without it f$#^ing up my sidebar? (I tried for hours on Monday and ended up weeping and eating chocolate.)

Hmmm ... maybe I should call myself "one technologically-challenged York student."

Coming soon ... Blogaversary linky fun (woo hoo)!!!!!!!!! Plus, the March whiner of the month, and fresh opinions on things that only I care about.

It's so good to be back in the blogosphere...

I should really be studying for those pesky exams...

Monday, April 18, 2005

Another mention

The Lexicon is a campus paper that prints pictures of York hotties and publishes the news months after it happens. They liked me.

Of course, other than the LiveJournal blogging communities, there are numerous personal York University student blogs available on other sites. One anonymously written blog, www.thetruthaboutyork.com, reveals the “life at York by an ordinary student who goes there.” Blunt, provocative, humourous, political, “The Truth about York” is a York University student staple.


I'm too much of an elitist to say the same about the Lexicon.

Blogaversary!

I just passed my one year-blogaversary. Though the original plan was to do the one-year site redesign, that didn't work so much.

Bear with me, people. I have exams to pass. In the meanwhile, you want links, scroll down.

Oy.

Hmmmm....my sidebar is in the wrong place.

Grrrrr....

In flux....

I'm republishing, somewhat incompetently. Bear with me, people. I'm just an ordinary ex-student.

Liberal York, as usual

This was in Saturday's National Post:

TORONTO - Michael Ignatieff, the Harvard scholar touted by some Liberals as their leader-in-waiting, yesterday called for a royal commission on fiscal federalism, telling a gathering of legal scholars that Canada is entering a constitutional "perfect storm," the cost of which will be national unity.

Wearing a Liberal-red tie to give his luncheon address at York University, Professor Ignatieff said the commission should "think long and hard about how to renew our federation's finances in the 21st century."

He lumped the most immediate constitutional threat, Quebec separatism, together with all the other federal-provincial-municipal tensions: from equalization squabbles with Alberta and Ontario, to Atlantic disputes over natural resources and the pleadings of cash-strapped cities.

"You can all see the doomsday scenario coming up," he said in the politically charged speech. "If this is a systemic crisis, we need to take this out of the political arena and
think systemically."

All of these crises, he said, have undermined the traditional separation of politics and the law by linking a party's political fortunes to its constitutional stance. The parties, in turn, serve regional interests before national unity and behave like "professional election machines" rather than vehicles for ideas, he said.

"We do not want our constitutional law to become a plaything of political forces," he said, citing the case of Quebec nationalists, who inevitably exclude 40% of the province's immigrant or anglophone population from their visions of francophone
self-determination.

"We have a battle on our hands, not just in Quebec, but in the rest of the country," he said. "We need some agile constitutional thinking. We need to think some very big, basic thoughts that we haven't thought for a generation.


Here's the problem: Party politics are party politics, and Quebec nationalism has been holding Canada hostage for three decades, which is sickening and contrary to what Canadians believe in: multiculturalism, diversity etc. We do have a serious problem in that the federal government has too much cash and power, and they seem to enjoy wasting it rather than sending it back to the provinces for things like education and health care. How can one huge federal government have any concept of what an entire country needs, especially the size of ours? If our hospitals are crumbling, it's because the federal Liberals saw fit to emboss Quebec golf balls with logos instead of hiring more nurses.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Whiners of the month for February

The official Toronto Star brouhaha over the "land scandal" is only made wackier by the extreme political protests that ensued:

The meeting's seating limitations, which prevented all 40 protestors from entering the meeting, were harshly criticized. When locked out of the traditional in-camera session, protestors began to bang on the one-way mirror windows of the room where the meeting was held, knowing that though they could not see the Board, the Board could see them.

The Board moved to a second-floor room for the rest of the meeting. University officials allowed three student protesters to enter, warning them that only board members may address the board.

Nonetheless, two of the students began addressing the board a few minutes later. When they were asked to be quiet, the protesters outside the doors began chanting "Lorna out! BOG out!"

In response to the ongoing chanting, the board adjourned their meeting.
I don't know what makes people think that mob rule is okay. 40 screaming protesters? You better believe I'd boot it out of there.